DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (DASA)

DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (DASA)

 
The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) explicitly prohibits discrimination and harassment in schools as follows:  No student shall be subjected to harassment by employees or students on school property or at a school function; nor shall any student be subjected to discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex by school employees or students on school property or at a school function.
 

DASA defines harassment as:  The creation of a hostile environment by conduct or verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being; or conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety; such conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse includes but is not limited to conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.

 

All reports concerning bullying and other violations of The Dignity for All Students Act should be reported immediately to Dr. Paul Farrell, School Psychologist and Dignity for All Students Coordinator and Mrs. Susan Gilbert, Principal.  These reports will initiate a full investigation following our district protocols.

 

At Siwanoy School, we the students, principal, teachers, staff, and parents commit to fostering a bully free and non-discriminatory environment through a proactive partnership to foster a safe and accepting school environment and strive to:

  • Create and foster a school community where everyone takes pride in learning, and can achieve to the best of their ability
  • Treat every person in our school with fairness, kindness, respect and acceptance
  • Work proactively to eliminate bullying of any form
  • Help maintain a clean and attractive learning environment
  • Help all feel a sense of belonging
  • Resolve our problems with words and to not use physical force
  • Learn to the best of our ability

 

The following progressive actions will be instituted as appropriate:

  • Verbal warnings and restatement of the reason for the warning by the adult
  • Reprimand with student verbal or written restatement of the correction
  • Notification of parents
  • Time Out with student telling, writing, or drawing a plan of correction
  • Probation
  • Detention
  • Suspension from school activities
  • In-school suspension
  • Suspension out of school
  • Superintendent’s Hearing