Dignity for All Student’s Act
The Bemus Point Central School District believes that all students have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming, considerate, and caring environment.A student may not act toward another student in a way that reasonably might make that other student feel threatened or unsafe, or that might reasonably make that student unable to concentrate on their school work.It is against school rules for any student or school staff member to do this by physical actions or by verbal statements, including electronic messages..
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.
This legislation, signed into law on September 13, 2010 and effective July 1, 2012, states that NO student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at any school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.
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.
(From the NYS Department of Education website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/)
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