The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was established with the intent to provide a school environment free of discrimination and harassment. Schools are expected to develop training programs that will raise awareness and sensitivity and enable employees to respond to potential discrimination and harassment regarding race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.
Schools that participate in Employee and Student Support Service (ESSS) will have sample policies and codes of conduct made available to them as needed. Additionally, these districts will have access to programs that will address awareness and sensitivity, enhance instruction, curriculum, counseling interventions, character education programs provided to faculty and staff, and parent presentations.
This is a link to the ES BOCES DASA Listserv. John Kelly, Ph.D. oversees this and will be posting information, resources, and questions on a weekly basis. Anyone who wants to be a member of the list serve is encouraged to post any questions, comments, or information regarding implementation of the Dignity Act within their district.
Also, there is a discussion group for Dignity Act Coordinators. For more information about this group or to register, go to http://www2.esboces.org/scd/Propics/DignityActConsortium.pdf.
Here is John's contact information:
John Kelly, Ph.D.
DASA Listserv Moderator