Dignity for All Students Act

New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA or 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 was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012.

The goal of The Dignity Act is to create a safe and supportive climate where students can learn and focus, rather than fear being discriminated against and/or verbally and/or physically harassed.

For more information on The Dignity Act, refer to the NYS Department of Education website, www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact.

In each school, a DASA Coordinator is thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) and sex. The coordinators are available to assist families with any concerns.

In the Elementary building, Sharon Smith is the DASA Coordinator and she can be reached at 659-8317 or sharonsmith@kendallschools.org.

In the High School building, Kevin Watson is the DASA Coordinator and he can be reached at 659-2706 or kwatson@kendallschools.org