Bullying Prevention & Dignity Act (DASA)
Contact: Sarah Kiersh, District Dignity Act Coordinator
Phone: (631) 730-4595
To report an act of bullying, please complete the following DASA Complaint form and submit it to the building-level coordinator listed below.
What is the Dignity Act?
The New York State Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act or DASA) took effect July 1, 2012 and was established to provide a school environment free of discrimination and harassment. Amended on July 1, 2013, the act now includes the term bullying and prohibits acts of cyberbullying. DASA states that no students shall be subjected to harassment by employees or students, nor shall any student be subjected to discrimination based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or sex. The law applies to school property and any school-sponsored function or activity. Under this law, school districts are responsible for preventing, monitoring and addressing bullying through staff training to raise awareness and sensitivity of school employees to issues of harassment and discrimination, sensitivity and tolerance curricula for students, as well as reporting acts of bullying to the New York State Education Department through the defined reporting system.
Implementing DASA in Three Village:
As per the new law, the district’s Board of Education has adopted a policy implementing the requirements of DASA. A complete copy of this policy (Policy #0115) can be found here.
In support of the policy above, the district has amended its code of conduct. A copy of this code can be found here.
If you see something, say something:
The district is leading the way with its anti-bullying program initiatives. While we strongly encourage you and your child to report instances of bullying to administrators - in particular the DASA co-coordinators listed above - we understand that families and students may feel more comfortable reporting these incidents confidentially. The district’s Safe School Helpline is available for residents to use to report any facts, remarks or actions that could jeopardize the safety of students, staff or the schools. Reports can be made day or night and are kept anonymous. Additionally, information can be reported via text message by entering the number 66746, then typing in the word “‘TIPS.”
Phone: 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359
A link regarding this service is located on our district’s homepage on the left-hand sidebar.
Definition of Bullying:
The district defines bullying as intentional harmful behavior initiated by one or more students and directed toward another student. Bullying exists when a student with more social and/or physical power deliberately dominates and harasses another who has less power. Bullying is unjustified and typically is repeated. Bullying differs from conflict. Bullying involves a power imbalance element wherein one or more students target a student who has difficulty defending him or herself. Bullying can take many forms. Examples are listed below.
- Verbal - name calling, teasing
- Social - spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships
- Physical - hitting, punching, shoving
- Cyber bullying - using the Internet, mobile phones, or other digital and electronic technologies to harm others
An act of bullying may fit into more than one of these groups.
Knowing the Difference: Bullying vs. Conflict
Too often, incidents between individuals are labeled as bullying when in fact they are occurrences of everyday conflict. As children and adults deal with conflict to varying degrees every day, it is important to distinguish between the two. When assessing a situation, remember:
Bullying is intentionally harmful behavior that occurs repeatedly over time. It is characterized by an imbalance of power and has ongoing effects on the target. Bullies are not remorseful for their actions and show no effort to solve the problem.
Normal social conflict will occur among friends occasionally. These are often accidental, not serious, and leave both parties with an equal emotional reaction. Remorse is shown and effort will be put into solving the problem.
Safe Schools Helpline
Reports of any facts, remarks, or actions that could jeopardize the safety of students, staff, or the schools can be made day or night using a home, cell, or pay phone. The toll-free number to call is 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359.
Additionally, reports can be made online at SafeSchoolhHelpline.com.