Click HERE to access our DASA Incident/Complaint form.Commissioner’s Regulation 100.2(jj) requires that boards of education and the trustee or sole trustee of every school district approve the designation of at least one staff member at every school as a Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC), and that the DAC be thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), and sex. It should be noted that the Dignity Act does not require or prescribe a specific format for this training. Districts, BOCES, and charter schools have flexibility in determining how best to deliver it.What are the duties of the Dignity Act Coordinator?
The Dignity Act Coordinator is the point person for the Dignity Act in their school. The work of the Dignity Act Coordinator should focus on the premise that no student be harassed or discriminated against due to their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), or sex.
In addition, the Dignity Act Coordinator should work to ensure that all students are provided with a safe, supportive, and positive school climate. The New York State Board of Regents adopted the voluntary Educating the Whole Child Engaging the Whole School: Guidelines and Resources for Social and Emotional Development and Learning (SEDL) in New York State in July 2011 (www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/sedl/SEDLguidelines.pdf).
In the Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD, each Principal has been appointed as the DAC for his/her school. All incidents and/or questions should first be directed to the school's DAC. If an incident should occur that is not "connected" or directly related to one school, please contact Dr. Mulieri, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.
Please note: The Dignity Act does not address the discrimination or harassment of employees; it addresses the discrimination and harassment of students by students and/or employees on school property or at a school function.