Dignity for All Students Act

DASA September 13, 2010, New York State legislators signed The New York State Dignity for All Students Act. (DASA) The law went into effect on July 1, 2012. This act states that NO students 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. The definition the State has provided for an incident of discrimination and/or discrimination shall be: a material incident of discrimination and/or harassment means a single incident or a series of related incidents where a students is subjected to discrimination and/or harassment by a students and/or an employee on school property or at a school function that creates a hostile environment by conduct, with or without physical contact and/or by verbal threats, intimidation or abuse, of such severe or pervasive nature that:
     a) Has or would have effect or interfere with a students educational performance or emotional or physical well being
      b) Reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a students to fear for his/her physical safety.
The law mandates that each school designate at least one individual to act as a School Dignity Coordinator. Lakeville's DASA Cooridinator is Ms. Zucal, our Assitant Principal.
For further clarification or information, please go to: www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact. We are pleased that our school not only meets the state requirements for DASA education, but that we have been in the forefront creating many activities, and programs that address Bullying and Tolerance.