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. This regulation specifically addresses the following protected classes: race, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex.
If your child is having an issue with another student, we are here to help. Please contact your child’s school to speak to someone. This can be a teacher, social worker, guidance counselor or administrator. It is important to communicate with the school so that your child can receive the support he or she needs.
When in doubt, call or email your concern. All of us here at the Cornwall Central School District (teachers/staff, administration) would like to be pro-active in every situation. Communication is a very important part of how the Cornwall Central School District can support our students with their social/emotional needs.
Cyberbullying Amendment to DASA
The New York State Legislature passed an amendment to the Dignity for All Students Act to specifically address cyberbullying not only within schools but also incidents that occur off school property that could "foreseeably disrupt" the school environment. This amendment takes effect July 1, 2013.
If you feel that your child is having an issue, please fill out the bullying report form (see links below) or contact the child’s counselor and/or administrator. Once a report is received at the school, the administration (Principal, Assistant Principal) will contact the parent or student to get further details. The situation will be investigated. This may include student interviews/statements, staff interview/statements, review of video/pictures and/or staff observation. Administration will follow up with the parent to inform them of their findings and explain the plan of action moving forward to support the student involved.