On September 8, 2010, New York Governor David Peterson signed into law the Dignity for All Students Act.
The Dignity for All Students Act requires school districts to:
- Revise their codes of conduct and adopt policies intended to create a school environment free from harassment and discrimination.
- Ensure protection of those specifically targeted by "race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex."
- Adopt guidelines to be used in school training programs to raise awareness and sensitivity of school employees to these issues and to enable them to respond appropriately.
- Designate at least one staff member in each school to be trained in instructional and counseling methods for dealing with bullying.
- Report bullying to the New York State Department of Education.
"Every student has the right to a safe and civil educational environment, but far too often young people are ruthlessly targeted by bullies," Governor Paterson said. "Bullying and harassment have disrupted the education of too many young people, and we in government have a responsibility to do our part to create learning environments that help our children prosper. I am proud to sign this bill into law as it will help ensure that students are protected from harassment, discrimination and bullying at school grounds and at school functions."
If your child is being bullied, our lawyers can help
Every New York State school should be following this law. If your child is continuously being bullied and you believe the school is not doing enough to stop it, give our lawyers a call. We work with families of bullied children to help stop the bullying and, if necessary, pursue legal action.
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