Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
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.
The Dignity Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012. This legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 – Dignity for All Students. The Dignity Act also amended Section 801-a of New York State Education Law regarding instruction 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 orientations, gender identity, and sexes. The Dignity Act further amended Section 2801 of the Education Law by requiring Boards of Education to include language addressing The Dignity Act in their codes of conduct.
The Jill R. McDermott Memorial Fund along with the PTA supported Dudley Elementary in Fairport, NY. by providing T-shirts with the Dudley STAR logo on the front as well as Jill's message on the back. STAR is a Dudley theme that pledges: I amSafe. I Treat others kindly. I Act Responsibly. Jill's Message is: Ok Friends, Let's Get Started!
Dudley Elementary will be using research based lessons that are specifically designed for each grade level. They will use specific texts, host school-wise assemblies and promote the program on their morning show. In addition each classroom has a poster where the themes are presented in a colorful and engaging way.
Dudley's plan is for all members of the school community to wear the T-shirts on coordinated days, namely for their school assemblies. The shirts will be a symbol of their solidarity and represent their common mission as a school community.
I'm confident Jill would have been proud to be part of such a great program. Jon McDermott President/Director