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Dignity for All Students Act

The mission of the Lowville Academy and Central School District is to provide a responsible and comprehensive education program that meets the immediate and long-term affective, cognitive, and developmental needs of individual students, resulting in people who are happy and self-confident, who perform consistently to their ability, and who are prepared to be contributing and productive members in tomorrow’s society. The New York State Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) seeks to ensure that schools have the tools and resources to provide all students an educational environment in which they can thrive. The Lowville Academy and Central School District has consistently focused on character education and promoting positive choices to assist students as they grow into happy and productive citizens. The district has adapted many of its existing anti-bullying and character education initiatives into the mandated DASA implementation plan.

The purpose is to ensure that all students attending Lowville Academy are in a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying -- whether in the classroom, on school property, on a school bus and/or at a school function.

What can I do? If you see something, SAY something! Speak to an adult immediately.

  • Be supportive if a friend tells you they are being treated unfairly.
  • Speak up if you see someone being treated unfairly.

Helpful Definitions

  • Bullying: A form of harassment that consists of inappropriate persistent behavior that is done indirectly, remotely, or face-to-face.
  • Cyber-Bullying: A form of bullying that is done through electronic communication (i.e. the Internet, cell phones, Facebook, etc.)
  • Discrimination: The denial of rights because of a group, class, or category to which a person belongs.
  • Harassment: The creation of a hostile environment by conduct or verbal threats, intimidation, or abuse that interferes with a student's educational performance.

DASA Coordinators for Lowville Academy schools:

Character Instruction

Elementary School:

  • Kelso’s Choice Conflict Management Program
  • SUPER Ed

Middle School:

  • Character Lessons
  • Above the Influence

High School:

  • Sources of Strength
  • Friends of Rachel’s Club