shortcut
Mayfield Jr./Sr. High School

Jon Peterson

Superintendent

27 School Street

Mayfield, NY 12117

518.661.8222

 

Jr/Sr High School

518.661.8222

 

Elementary School

518.661.8222

leaf bullet Dignity for All Students Act

Overview

More Information

Dignity for All Students Act

Fact Sheet
NYSED Information

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.

 

Dignity for All Students Act: Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Dignity Act?

The Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) was signed into law by former Governor David A. Paterson in September 2010, to protect all students in New York public schools from harassment, discrimination and bullying by other students or school employees.

When did the Dignity Act become effective?

The Dignity Act became effective on July 1, 2012.

 

Who is protected under this legislation?

Identified in the legislation are those who are subjected to intimidation or abuse based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex. The Act explicitly states that bullying, taunting and intimidation are all forms of harassment.

 

How does The Dignity Act define "harassment?"

Harassment is defined as "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.

 

Why is The Dignity Act necessary?

The Dignity Act provides a response to the large number of harassed and stigmatized students skipping school and engaging in high risk behaviors by prohibiting discrimination in public schools and establishing the basis for protective measures such as training and model policies. The Dignity Act takes a major step in creating more nurturing environments in all our schools.

 

What does The Dignity Act require schools to do to meet this new mandate?

 Develop policies intended to create a school environment that is free from discrimination or harassment.

 Develop guidelines for school training programs to discourage discrimination or harassment that are designed to:

 Raise awareness and sensitivity of school employees to potential discrimination or harassment and;

 Enable employees to prevent and respond to discrimination or harassment.

 Develop guidelines relating to the development of non-discriminatory instructional and counseling methods and require that at least one staff member be trained to handle human relations issues.

 

Does Mayfield meet these new requirements?

Yes.  Administrators in both the elementary and  junior-senior high school have been designated as the Dignity Act Coordinator for their respective building and have been trained in methods to respond to human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.

 

How does The Dignity Act relate to SAVE?

The New York State Education Department with the New York State Center for School Safety (NYSCSS) is developing guidance to correlate components of SAVE as they relate to The Dignity Act.

 

Where can I find more information about the Dignity Act?

Visit the New York State Education Department website or contact your child's principal for more information.

 

outside of Mayfield Jr./Sr. High School
Upcoming Events

Thur, Apr 27

PTSO Meeting; 6 - 7:30 p.m., lower library

Tues, May 2

Spring Band Concert; 6:30 p.m., Auditorium

Tues, May 9

Capital Project Bid Opening; 2:30 p.m., upper library

Board of Ed meeting/Public Hearing; 7 p.m., Upper Library, 6:30 p.m. Executive Session, District Office

Thur, May 11

Senior Pictures; HS Gymnasium

Fri, May 12

Hope & Wellness Day

Tues, May 16

Annual Meeting/Budget Vote; 12 Noon - 8 p.m., HS Gym Lobby

Thur, May 18

Brainstorm Coffeehouse; 6 - 8 p.m., HS Cafe

Fri, May 19

Senior Class Trip; Leave at 12 Noon, Darien Lake Amusement Park

Thur, May 25

Spring Choir Concert; 6:30 p.m., Auditorium

Mon, May 29

Memorial Day; Schools Closed

Sat-Sun, June 3-4

Post Prom; 11 pm - 4 a.m., HS Various

Fri, June 9

Senior Class Banquet; 6 p.m., St Patrick's Masonic Lodge, Johnstown

Mon, June 12

Mandatory Class of 2017 graduation rehearsal; 11 a.m., Auditorium

Tues-Fri, June 13-23

Regents Testing; No classes at Jr/Sr High School

Thur-Fri, June 15-16

Half-day dismissal for Elementary Students; 12:20 p.m.; Full day faculty and staff

Fri, June 23

Last Day of School

Grade 6 Graduation; 10 a.m., Auditorium

Elementary Student Dismissal; 10:50 a.m.; Full day faculty and staff

Senior Awards; 5:30 p.m., Auditorium

Baccalaureate; 7 p.m., Mayfield Presbyterian Church

Sat, June 24

Class of 2017 Graduation; 11 a.m., Athletic Fields