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.
Incidents of harassment and discrimination may include, but are not limited to, threats, intimidation or abuse based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender and sex. In addition, amendments to the regulation (effective July 1, 2013) have added explicit references prohibiting bullying and cyber bullying.
DASA includes provisions that alter reporting, codes of conduct, professional development, and classroom instruction. At least one highly-trained employee is designated as a DASA Coordinator in each school and is responsible for receiving and reporting incidents.
WCHS strives to provide all members of our community with a safe, bully-free environment. We take any and all reports of bullying very seriously. Please contact our DASA Coordinator, Victor Castillo, in the event of any incident of harassment and discrimination. Further information about the Dignity For All Students Act and bullying prevention is located to the right.