• Introduction to the Dignity Act

     

    A brief summary of the Dignity Act with links to more information.

    New York State's Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State's public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus, and/or at a school function. The Dignity Act took effect on July 1, 2012. This legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 – Dignity for All Students. The Dignity Act also amended a New York State Education Law regarding instruction in civility, citizenship, and character education by expanding the concepts of tolerance, respect for others and dignity to include: an awareness and sensitivity in the relations of people, including but not limited to, different races, weights, national origins, ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identity, and sexes. Additionally, under The Dignity Act, schools will be responsible for collecting and reporting data regarding material incidents of discrimination and harassment.

     

    DISTRICT INFORMATION FOR FILING A DASA COMPLAINT

    Parents and students are invited to contact their child’s building principal who is designated as the
    Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) coordinator in each school. Should you need an interpreter to assist
    you with filling out the DASA district form, please contact the building principal for assistance or you can
    contact the District’s DASA Coordinator listed below. School staff are required to notify their principal
    within one school day should there be a reportable incident in their school and to fill out a written
    report no later than two days after the original verbal report is made to the principal. The building
    principal, who is the DASA Coordinator in each building, will promptly investigate the complaint and
    contact the parent to discuss their findings. The DASA coordinator in each school is obligated to
    regularly report data trends to the superintendent of schools. The District, in addition to building level
    DASA Coordinators (the building principal), has designated Dr. Arnold Jaeger, a central office
    administrator, as the School District’s DASA Coordinator. He can be reached by email at
    ajaeger@poughkeepsieschools.org. Parents can also file their DASA form directly with him at the
    district’s administration building located at 11 College Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603.



    The Dignity for All Students Act

     Dignity Act Incident Fillable Form

    DASA (Dignity For All Students Act) Contacts List

    CONTACTS
    Clinton School- Dr. David Scott  845-451-4603
    Early Learning Center (Smith School)- Ms. Colleen Hardiman 845-451-4723
    Krieger School- Mr. Jeffrey Noto 845-451-4663
    Morse School- Ms. Nadine Dargan 845-451-4692
    PACE- Mr. Joseph Mazzetti 845-275-4102
    PMS- Mr. Dwayne D'Avilar 845-451-4803
    PHS- Mr. Ronald Jackson 845-451-4857
    Warring School- Ms. Julliet Coxum 845-451-4753