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DASA - Dignity for All Students Act header

The Dignity Act was passed by the New York State Legislature last spring and requires school districts to develop and implement policies and procedures to appropriately address any incidents of alleged harassment or bullying that occur in their schools. The District will strive to create an environment free of discrimination and harassment and will foster civility in the schools to prevent and prohibit conduct which is inconsistent with the District’s educational mission.

Reports and Investigations of Discrimination and Harassment

The District will investigate all complaints of harassment and discrimination, wither formal or informal, and take prompt corrective measures, as necessary. It is important that students and parents promptly report to the school when they first become aware of concerns about harassment or bullying.
The district has appointed a staff member in the K-6 and another in the 7-12 to act as “Dignity Act Coordinators”. They have been specifically trained to handle reports of alleged incidents.
The Coordinators are:

K-6: Mrs. Cheryl Record (crecord@greenwichcsd.org) 692-9542 ext. 6200
7-12: Mr. Ben Cronin (bcronin@greenwichcsd.org) 692-9542 ext. 6300

The district will also be training all staff members to raise staff awareness and sensitivity of harassment and discrimination directed at students that are committed by students or school employees on school property or at a school function. We are also looking at ways to integrate instruction in grades Kindergarten through 12 to include a component on civility, citizenship and character education.
What is Bullying? A government website titled Stop Bullying Now defines it as:
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over.
——————————• Punching, shoving, and other acts that hurt people physically
——————————• Spreading bad rumors about people
——————————• Keeping certain people out of a “group”
——————————• Teasing people in a mean way
——————————• Getting certain people to “gang up” on others
Bullying also can happen online or electronically. Cyberbullying is when children or teens bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology. This can include:
——————————• Sending mean text, email, or instant messages
——————————• Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs or on Web sites
——————————• Using someone else’s user name to spread rumors or lies about someone

Resources specific to the Dignity for All Students Act:

——————————NYS Education Department Dignity for All Students Act brochure
——————————NYS Education Department Dignity for All Students Act website
——————————NYS Center for School Safety Dignity for All Students Act fact sheet
——————————StopBullying.gov

General Resources about Bullying:

——————————Ten Actions ALL Parents Can Take to Help Eliminate Bullying
——————————Five Actions Parents Can Take If Their Child Has Been Involved in Bullying
——————————education.com – Bullying at school and online
——————————Stop Bullying Now!
——————————Medline Plus – Bullying
——————————Teens Health – Dealing With Bullying
——————————Teaching Tolerance
——————————Anti Bullying Network
——————————Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online
——————————On Guard Online – Learn the Terms

Resources specific to Cyberbullying:

——————————Stop Bullying Now! – Cyberbullying
——————————Cell Phone Safety – Top Ten Tips for Teens
——————————Password Safety – Top Ten Tips for Teens
——————————Ryan’s Story – In Memory of Ryan Patrick Halligan 1989-2003
——————————Ryan’s Story – Resources
——————————National Crime Prevention Council – Cyberbullying
——————————iSafe – Beware of the Cyber Bully
——————————National Education Association – Bully Free Schools