Dignity Act for All Students (DASA)
The goal of the Dignity Act is to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn, and focus, rather than fear being discriminated against and/or verbally and/or physically harassed.
The Dignity Act states that NO student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at a school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.
The Dignity Act prohibits the harassment and discrimination of students by students and by school personnel. Bullying is a form of harassment and discrimination. The Dignity Act applies to behavior on school property (including athletic fields, playgrounds, and parking lots), in school buildings, on a school bus/vehicle, as well as at school-sponsored events or activities.
Under the DASA, each school building is required to have a Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC). They are trained to recognize and respond effectively to harassment and bullying, and implement strategies to prevent it. The DASA coordinators at Stewart School are, Mrs. Kenney and Mrs. Vincent.
To learn more about the Dignity for All Students Act, visit: www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact