Student Harassment and Bullying Prevention and Intervention (DASA)

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Community Members:

In 2010, New York State passed the Dignity for All Students Act, otherwise known as DASA. This law, which went into effect on July 1, 2012, is designed to provide students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus, or at a school sponsored event. It provides that no student shall be subjected to discrimination based on his or her actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, weight, or any other physical characteristic. In addition, DASA regulations have been updated to include cyberbullying.

Deer Park UFSD has reviewed and updated its policies regarding harassment, bullying, and cyberbullying in order to be in compliance with the DASA regulations. Our updated policies can be found at www.deerparkschools.org, under the Board of Education tab at the top of the web page.

Dignity Act coordinators have been appointed for each of the school buildings within Deer Park UFSD. Each of these coordinators has been specially trained in order to properly handle situations which may arise. A list of the Dignity Act coordinators, the complaint form, as well as other bullying resources can be found on the web at: http://deerparkschools.org/our_district/student_harassment_and_bullying_prevention_and_intervention_dasa

The staff at Deer Park UFSD remains committed to our mission statement that we provide every student exemplary programs of study within a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.



Sincerely,
James Cummings
Assistant Superintendent Pupil Personnel Services
Dignity Act Coordinator


Deer Park School District