Dignity for All
WHAT IS DASA?
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.
As part of the Dignity for All Students Act, each District must appoint a District Level Dignity Act Coordinator as well as the Building Level Dignity Act Coordinators.
WHAT IS A DIGNITY ACT COORDINATOR?
These people are appointed to help create an environment of respect and dignity for all students and to make sure there is a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and where they are free from harassment and bullying of any kind. The coordinator will meet with the complainant and investigate their complaint.
The complainant may wish to meet with someone else such as a principal or guidance counselor or a teacher. If so, that person is mandated to report the complainant to the Building Level Dignity Act Coordinator. If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome, they may appeal to the District Level Dignity Act Coordinator, Lynn Imperato, Director of Personnel and Staff Development.
DISTRICT LEVEL DIGNITY ACT COORDINATOR
Mrs. Lynn Imperato can be reached via phone at (845)497-4000, Ext. 27102. Her office is located in the Administration Building at 52 West Main Street, Washingtonville.
Taft DASA Coordinator
Dr. Leah Hindley, Assistant Principal