On July 1, 2012, New York State enacted legislation called The Diginity for All Students Act (DASA).  This act seeks to provide the State's public elementary and secondary schools 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 also amended New York State Education Law regarding instructional 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 orentations, gender identity, and sexes. 
 
The Dignity Act mandates that all public school districts include these provisions in their Code of Conduct.  Please take a moment to read these changes in the handbook. 
 
Middle and High School - Pages 7-11
DASA Contact Person for the Middle/High School Dignity Act Coordinator grades 6-12 is Amy Brinkley  716-326-2151  Ext. 214 or abrinkley@wacs2.wnyric.org
 
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