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Bullying Prevention

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

New York’s Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012. The New York DASA seeks to provide all New York State school students with a safe and supportive school environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, school bus and/or at any school function. Discrimination based on race, color, weight, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender is prohibited within the school environment. Cyberbullying is defined as bullying, and includes incidents occurring off school property that create or would foreseeably create a risk of significant disruption within the school environment.

New York State public schools are required to have a plan in place to prevent and to respond to reported harassment/bullying.  RACS’ Student Code of Conduct is in compliance with the DASA, and all students are informed of both the DASA and RACS Code of Conduct behavior expectations.  When an incident of harassment/bullying is reported by a student, an in-school investigation is completed, parents are contacted, Code of Conduct discipline measures are followed and records of each incidence are kept.

Rochester Academy Charter School participates in the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) system in which students’ pro-social behaviors are acknowledged and reinforced.  The goal of PBIS is to create a school culture that reflects the following values:   Respect, Accountability, Communication and Success (RACS). 

Please click on the attachment below for access to RACS DASA Policy.