Employment related and very important:
The Dignity for All Students Act (the “Act”), which amended the New York State Education Law, and which should help prevent bullying and harassment of students at school, becomes effective on July 1, 2012. The Act will require all public school districts to amend their policies and Codes of Conduct to reflect the Act’s requirements.
Guidance issued by the New York State Education Department says the following about the Act: The intent of the Act is to provide all public school students with an environment free from discrimination and harassment, as well as to foster civility in public schools. The Act also focuses on prevention of harassment and discriminatory behaviors through the promotion of educational measures meant to positively impact school culture and climate. Among the Act’s provisions, is the requirement that all public school
districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (“BOCES”)
include provisions in their Codes of Conduct prohibiting the discrimination and
harassment against students by students and/or school employees on school
property or at a school function, as well as provisions for responding to acts of
discrimination and harassment against students by students and/or school
employees on school property or at a school function.
Let’s all hope for a positive impact.