Parents - Community
There are a few ways to submit a DASA report/incident:
(preferred) Please complete THIS FORM. Once you hit submit, the building administration and DASA contact will receive the information.
Editable PDF - you can type into the form, print it out and send it to the school
Google Form - this can be printed out and filled out by hand to be sent to the school.
CCS DASA Contact - Mrs. Vicki Gardiner
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.
At least one employee in every school shall be designated as a DAC and thoroughly 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.
What is The Dignity Act?
The Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) was established with the broad legislative intent to provide a school environment free of discrimination and harassment.
What does New York State Education Department (NYSED) have to do?
The Commissioner shall promulgate regulations to assist schools in implementing this legislation.
The Commissioner shall create procedures under which material incidents of discrimination and harassment on school grounds or at a school function are reported to the department on an annual basis.
The Commissioner shall provide direction which may include development of model policies related to preventing discrimination and harassment.
What does my Board of Education have to do?
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;
To 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.
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.
Do schools need to provide this information to the public?
A plain language copy of the board approved Code of Conduct must be made available to the public.
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;…”
What training will schools have to provide?
School districts will need to develop policies intended to create an environment that is free of discrimination or harassment and to establish guidelines for school training programs.
Why is The Dignity Act necessary?
The 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.
How does The Dignity Act relate to SAVE?
NYSED 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.
When is The Dignity Act effective?
The Dignity Act becomes effective on July 1, 2012.
Is there a Public Hearing on this plan?
Yes. The Chateaugay Central School District Board of Education will conduct a public hearing as part of its April 25, 2017 Board of Education Meeting. The plan requires a vote by the Board of Education for approval.
In alignment with our Facilities Planning, the following chart outlines the planned expenditure of the Smart School Bond Act monies:
Chateaugay Central School District - Smart Schools Bond Investment Plan
What is the Smart Schools Bond Act?
The Smart School Bond Act (SSBA) was passed as part of the 2014-2015 New York State budget and approved by voters in a statewide referendum held on November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act authorized the issuance of $2 billion in bonds to finance educational technology and infrastructure to improve the learning opportunities for students throughout the state.
How much will Chateaugay Central School District receive under the plan?
Chateaugay Central School District was allocated $633,985 under the Smart Schools Bond Act.
New York State will reimburse the district for 100 percent of its expenses as identified in the Chateaugay Central School Smart Bonds Investment Plan. The initial plan earmarks 70% of the allocation for infrastructure that will support security upgrades in alignment with our facilities planning. We plan to align the Smart Schools Bond Act with our Capital Improvements Project for the summer of 2018.
Is there any cost associated with the technology purchases?
There is no cost associated with the initial purchases.
When will the Chateaugay Central School Board discuss the plan and its’ impact?
On March 20, 2017, the board of education was provided an overview of the Preliminary Smart Schools Investment Plan. They approved the preliminary plan on March 20, 2017. The Smart Schools Investment Plan will be posted to the district website for 30 days. The public is asked to submit written comments on the plan. Please provide written comments here. You may also send your written comments to Loretta Fowler, PO Box 904, Chateaugay, NY 12920 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments will be used in creating the final Smart Schools Investment Plan.