Pupil Personnel Services
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
Dignity for All Student Act - DASA
Some think that bullying is a "normal rite of passage." It's not. Bullying is intentional and repetitive cruelty and it seriously affects millions of victims as well as the bully for the rest of their lives. It is estimated that 1 in 3 students is involved in bullying each year.
Bullying can be verbal or physical. It can also take the form of social exclusion or isolation, lies, false rumors, property damage or forced specific actions. Cyberbullying is actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm another or others.
Bullies use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
All forms of bullying can cause depression, health problems, low self-esteem, and poor grades.
Dignity for All Students Act - DASA
DASA, enacted by New York State, went into effect July 1, 2012, and protects students in NYS public schools from harassment, discrimination, and bullying by other students or school employees.
It provides that no student shall be subjected to discrimination based on his or her actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, weight, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or sex. DASA explicitly states that the harassment is the creation of a hostile environment through bullying, taunting, and intimidation.
Cyberbullying Amendment to DASA
The cyberbullying amendment to the Dignity Act establishes protocols to respond to cyberbullying. It grants schools authority over communications that occurs off-campus if it creates a hostile environment, a risk of a substantial disruption at school and it is foreseeable that the conduct, threats, intimidation, or abuse might reach school property. Under the bill, a principal, superintendent or the designee is charged with investigating reports of cyberbullying. If the investigation verifies harassment, bullying or discrimination, the school would be required to take prompt actions to end the harassment.
Dignity Act Coordinators
DASA requires that at least one staff member at every school be thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex. This staff member is the Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC).
At East Rockaway the Dignity Act Coordinators are listed below. If you or your child has an act of bullying to report, please contact your school's coordinator or principal.
For more information, contact:
Laura A. Guggino-Hastings
Pupil Personnel Services Director
516-887-8300 x 544 or 543