Dignity for All Students/Bullying Prevention/Conflict Resolution

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 by staff and students on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.

As enacted and amended, the Dignity for All Students Act requires 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 also requires Boards of Education to include language addressing The Dignity Act in their codes of conduct and to collect and report data regarding material incidents of discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Monroe-Woodbury DASA Policy #7550

The district DASA Policy #7550 is available by searching Policies on the district’s BoardDocs page as well as on the website: https://www.mw.k12.ny.us/about/district-policies/policy-7550-dignity-for-all-students-act-dasa/

Monroe-Woodbury Code of Conduct

DASA section – page 13

NY State Dignity Act Glossary of Terms – Code of Conduct Appendix 2

The Monroe-Woodbury Central School District strongly supports a school climate that is safe and welcoming to all students. The District recognizes that physical, emotional, social and cyber-bullying, harassment or intimidation can jeopardize student academic achievement and undermine their physical and emotional well-being and may provide retaliatory violence. For these reasons, Monroe-Woodbury is committed to working towards eliminating bullying/harassment with a strong immediate response to any bullying/harassment incident as follows:

  • Taking disciplinary action.
  • Reportable incidents submitted to N.Y. State Education Department without identification of student.
  • Providing emotional and psychological support for the victim.
  • Counseling intervention for the bully.
  • Maintaining procedures for conflict resolution.
  • Publicizing reporting procedures.
  • Monitoring school climate.
  • Ensuring that curriculum and pedagogical strategies foster respect.

No student shall be subjected to harassment by employees or students on school property or at a school sponsored function; nor shall any student be subjected to discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex by school employees or students on school property or at a school sponsored function.

DASA related programs

At Monroe-Woodbury, a number of initiatives have been implemented to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

Choose Love – Grades K-8

In 2012, Jesse Lewis was among the children who lost their lives so tragically at Sandy Hook Elementary School. His mother, Scarlett, soon thereafter began sharing the message he had left on her chalkboard: Nurturing. Healing. Love. Scarlett has visited Monroe-Woodbury several times to share her message with students, staff and families.

According to Scarlett and the Choose Love program, students can choose to live a life with Courage and Gratitude, practicing Forgiveness, and being Compassionate individuals. Being able to Choose Love promotes resilience in challenging times. As a result, children learn personal responsibility and the understanding that they always have a choice in how they respond. Choose Love teaches students how they can choose to love themselves, and others.

“Choose Love” is currently being implemented in all K-8 buildings. For parent resources, please visit: https://www.jesselewischooselove.org/choose-love-home/.

Safe School Ambassadors – secondary

training workshops and monthly meetings to teach students how to resolve conflicts and respond to bullying in their peer group

Bucket Fillers – early elementary

teaches kindness and supporting other students in a fun project