Dignity for All Students
The Dignity Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012. "New York State’s Dignity for All Students 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. The Dignity Act also amended Section 801-a of New York State Education Law regarding 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." (NYSED.gov)
In accordance with NYS Education Law, the Board of Education has adopted Policy 7550, Dignity For All Students, to provide a framework of support to continue to maintain a culture and climate of mutual respect in our schools. The District Code of Conduct provides expectations for students, staff, and visitors as they work and/or volunteer in our schools.
In each school, a Dignity For All Students (DASA) Coordinator is thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) and sex. The DASA coordinators are available to assist families with any concerns.
Dignity Act Coordinators:
Council Rock Primary School
DASA Coordinator, Principal Matt Tappon
585-242-5170 ext. 1500
French Road Elementary School
DASA Coordinator, Principal LaShara Evans
585-242-5140 ext. 2500
Twelve Corners Middle School
DASA Coordinator, Principal Danielle Edmunds
585-242-5100 ext. 3500
Brighton High School
DASA Coordinator, Principal Tom Hall
585-242-5000 ext. 4500
The Dignity For All Students Act on the NYS Education Department website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/
See also BCSD Code of Conduct
Notice of Non-Discrimination
The Brighton Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, religious practice, national origin, ethnic group, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation (the term “sexual orientation” means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or asexuality), political affiliation, age, marital status, military status, veteran status, disability, domestic violence victim status, arrest or conviction record, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by New York state and/or federal non-discrimination laws in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. In addition, students are also afforded protection based on weight.