Dignity for All Students Act

  • Dignity for All Students Act

     

    A student’s ability to learn and meet high academic standards is compromised by incidents of bullying and harassment.  Incidents may come in many different forms such as taunting or intimidation.

    A state law called the “Dignity for All Students Act” protects all public elementary and secondary students. The law prohibits the harassment and discrimination of students.

    Our parents and guardians should be aware that the District has a Positive Behavior and Character Education Program in place at every school. Schools have 'Bully Boxes" or “Safe Lockers” where students can anonymously report incidents of bullying or other negative behavior. A Step-Mentoring program is also in place at NFHS that pairs upperclassmen with underclassmen to help younger students navigate the adjustment to high school life. The Power of One, Key Club, Increase the Peace and other student organizations reinforce the message that tolerance and respect are required life skills.

    If you know of a child being bullied, you are encouraged to contact the school that child attends. The sooner adults have information, the sooner they can address it.

    The District takes seriously the responsibility we all have, as adults in children’s lives, to model appropriate behavior, to be a resource for a child in need, and to hold accountable those who harm others. We thank the greater community for supporting and joining in this work.

     

     

    LaSalle Preparatory School's Compliance with the Dignity for All Act

     
    The LaSalle Preparatory School Student Council encourages all of our students, families, and staff to stand together against discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying.  To ensure that any affected student avails him or herself to the intervention and support of our Student Services Staff, locker #103 outside of room 106 has been designated as the LPS "Bully Box". 
     
    A bully box provides students with a convenient and anonymous way to report bullying incidents in and around the school.  If a student is bullied or observes the bullying of another, he or she should complete a brief "Bully Box Form" and deposit it in the "Bully Box".  These forms will be collected regularly and investigated by our Student Services Staff.  Bully Report forms are available in the LPS main office, and can also be printed here or viewed below.
     
    *A Note to Parents - You are encouraged to directly contact your child's teacher, counselor, or building administrator if you have a concern regarding your child's health, safety, or well-being.  As always, contact law enforcement in an emergency or if you feel a crime has been committed.  The LPS "Bully Box" is not intended for emergency reporting purposes.  For immediate assistance, please contact our Dean of Students, John Briglio and Nick Ruffolo, at 716-278-5885.
     
    For more information, please visit the state education website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/

    Key Terms

     

    Harassment/Bullying is the creation of a hostile environment by conduct, threats, intimidation, or abuse that would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student's academic performance, their mental/emotional/physical well-being or cause a student to fear for her/his safety.

    Discrimination is the denial of equal treatment and/or access to programs and facilities. 

    Cyberbullying is defined as harassment or bullying which takes place through any form of electronic communication.

     

    If you suspect yourchild is a victim of harassment/bullying, discrimination, or cyberbullying, please locate the appropriate contact included on the site.

     

    Parent Resources:

     

    Click here to visit www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact

    Click here to visit www.ncpc.org/topics/bullying/teaching-kids-about-bullying

    Click here to visit http://nobullying.com/what-is-cyberbullying

    Click here to visit http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/cyberbullying.html

    Click here to visit http://www.ncpc.org/topics/bullying/what-parents-can-do