All children have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming, and caring environment. DASA specifically ensures this for New York State public school students.
The Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act also known as DASA) was signed into law on September 13, 2010. The legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2, Dignity for All Students, and revising Section 801-a regarding instruction in civility, citizenship, character education, tolerance, respect for others, and dignity. It combats bias-based bullying, harassment, and discrimination in public schools, and includes awareness and sensitivity in the relations of people including individuals of different races, weights, national origins, ethnicity, religions or religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions.
CAPS is participating on the NYS Dignity for All Students Task Force, State Policy Workgroup, and Professional Development Workgroup to assist the State Education Department in crafting guidelines for schools to comply with DASA.
Highlights of the new law, effective July 1, 2012
- All public elementary and secondary school students are protected.
- DASA prohibits the harassment and discrimination of students by students and by school personnel.
- Each school’s Code of Conduct must be amended to reflect the prohibition of discrimination and harassment of students by students or staff in age-appropriate language.
- Districts must appoint at least one staff member in each school to handle all bullying incidents on school property (including athletic fields, playgrounds, and parking lots), in school buildings, on a school bus/vehicle, as well as at school-sponsored events or activities).
- Administrators must report incidents of bullying or bias-based harassment to the NYS Department of Education
Public school administrators, pupil personnel and support staff… get the tools you need to make your school DASA compliant, through a 4-hour training taught by CAPS. Learn more about “Preparing for DASA.”
Portions excerpted from NYS Education Department The New York State Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act) brochure