Dignity Act

The Dignity for All Students Act (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.
The goals of the district are as follows:

  • Comply with the legislation
  • Improve our response to reported incidents
  • Pro-actively create a positive school environment through educational programs focused on acceptance and tolerance

The Dignity for All Students Act (§§10-18 of Education Law) defines harassment as the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being; or conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety. The harassing behavior may be based on any characteristic, including but not limited to a person’s actual or perceived:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Weight
  • National Origin
  • Ethnic Group
  • Religion
  • Religious Practice
  • Disability
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender (including gender identity and expression)

 

Contacts

Dignity Act Coordinators:
Colin Byrne, Director of Technology
cbyrne@blindbrook.org
(914) 937-3600 ext. 3041 

Lori Cutrone, BMPRSS Associate Principal
lcutrone@blindbrook.org
(914) 937-3600 ext. 3052

Derek Schuelein, BBHS Associate Principal
dschuelein@blindbrook.org
(914) 937-3600 ext. 3401   
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