Dignity for All Students Act
Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
The Batavia City School District will not tolerate incidents of discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function by students and/or school employees.
The New York State Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act) was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and became effective July 1, 2012. This legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 - Dignity for All Students. 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.
Batavia's Dignity Act Coordinators
In compliance with Education Law §13(3), at least one staff member at every school must be thoroughly trained in human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (which includes a person’s actual or perceived sex, and gender identity and expression), and sex. This staff member should be referred to as the Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC).
If you have been the target of such behaviors listed above or know someone who has, we encourage you to speak to a teacher, principal, or school employee. The following employees have been appointed as Dignity Act Coordinators and are available to help you.
Greg Ciszak, School Counselor, High School, x 2002 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Knapp, School Counselor, Middle School, x 3002 email@example.com
Bernadette Krumpek, Instructional Support Specialist, John Kennedy, x 5006 firstname.lastname@example.org
Carina Bamann, School Counselor, Jackson, x 4004 email@example.com
Kelly Radley, Instructional Support Specialist, Jackson, x 4007 firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Wasilewski, District Social Worker, John Kennedy, x 5106 email@example.com
Additional Resources from the NYS Education Department
Dignity for All Students Act Webpage: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/