Dignity for All Students(DASA)

ALL New York State public elementary and secondary students are entitled to attend school in a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property and at school-sponsored functions.

The Dignity Act Coordinators (DAC) for Casey are:

Mr. Harding and Mrs. Collard

DAC Contact Information:

Main Office 626-8585

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012. The Act prohibits harassment and discrimination of students by peers and by school personnel. In addition, amendments to the regulation (effective July 1, 2013) have added explicit references prohibiting bullying and cyber bullying. The Act covers all public elementary and secondary aged students and applies to behaviors on school property, in school buildings, on a school bus, as well as school-sponsored events or activities. Districts will be responsible for identifying at least one employee at every school to serve as the DASA coordinator. This individual must be thoroughly trained to “handle human relations” in the protected areas. All schools in the District have named two Coordinators. The Coordinators for Casey Middle School are: Mr. Ryan Harding  and Mrs. Carole Ann Collard. They can be reached at 626-8585 or via email at rharding@williamsvillek12.org or ccollard@williamsvillek12.org. Please contact either one of them should you have any concerns or wish to report an incident at Casey Middle School.

Casey Middle School remains committed to fostering a positive educational climate for all students. From this year’s Unity Day program in October, to assemblies on responsible technology use and cyberbullying, to student-led Red Ribbon Week activities promoting a drug and harassment-free school, all members of the Casey Community have participated in a number of formal and informal discussions and learning experiences promoting empathy, respect, and personal accountability.

Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, each student will also participate in a formal-goal setting process during which he or she will look to grow in the areas of community service, family relationships, academics, friendships, and personal wellness. Through this process, students will develop strategies to effectively set and achieve goals, as they also learn the important role they play in positively influencing the lives of those around them. This highlights our belief that a school that puts learning and the development of positive relationships at its center is also one that leaves no room for intolerance or harassment.

The KIND Club, Grandparents Club, and Rachel’s Challenge Club are just a few examples of student organizations that work both within the building and in the surrounding community to promote kindness and compassion. Through their involvement in these groups, students learn and model what it means to show empathy, as they actively dedicate their time to improving the lives of others.

The high level of student involvement in these groups, the unique programming we offer throughout the year, and the ongoing class discussions centered on respect and kindness speak to one of Casey’s defining characteristics - the commitment of our staff and students to recognizing the dignity and value of every person. We appreciate the continued support from our parents, families, and community members in the character education of our students.