Dignity for All Students Act
New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.
Students should never feel that it is not safe to come to school and participate in all school activities. They should never be prevented from concentrating on schoolwork because another student or a school staff member is teasing them, making fun of them, pushing them around, or threatening them in some way, because of race, color, weight, national origin (where a family comes from), ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex, or for any other reason. HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION IS PROHIBITED AT SCHOOL.
A student may not act toward another student in a way that reasonably might make that other student feel threatened or unsafe, or that might reasonably make that other student unable to concentrate on their school work, because of the other student’s race, color, weight, national origin (where their family comes from), ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex, or for any other reason. It is against school rules for any student or school staff member to do this by physical actions or by verbal statements, including any form of electronic messages. This kind of conduct is prohibited on school property, on school buses, and at all school-sponsored events.
What are public Schools Required to Do When Students with Disabilities Are Bullied? Please read the US Department of Education Parent Fact Sheet
If you know of a situation that involves harassment or discrimination, please complete the complaint form and contact the appropriate dignity act coordinator(s):
Dignity Act Coordinator - Jr./Sr. High School
James VanWormer, Interim Principal
Dignity Act Coordinator - N. A. Walbran Elementary School
Karen Hinderling, Principal