Dignity for All Students Act
Signed into law September 13, 2010, and effective as of July 1, 2012, The New York State Dignity For All Students Act (Dignity Act or DASA) applies to all public schools. The Dignity Act addresses issues related to harassment and discrimination in schools, including incidents on school property and at public school functions. No student shall be subjected to harassment, discrimination, or bullying by employees or students. Incidents of harassment or discrimination shall be reported to district officials.
The Board of Education recognizes that learning environments that are safe and supportive can increase student attendance and improve academic achievement. A student’s ability to learn and achieve high academic standards, and a school’s ability to educate students, is compromised by incidents of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to bullying, taunting and intimidation. Therefore, in accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act, Education Law, Article 2, 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. The Phoenix Central School District Board of Education adopted its DASA policy in 2012. In addition to the passage of the Dignity Act, the board has also implemented several other measures to address students' rights and responsibilities, proper behavior on school grounds, student safety and anti-bullying policies. This information can be found on the board's webpage.
Phoenix Central School District DASA Coordinators