Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
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 cyberbullying. 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 are 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. The DASA Coordinators for North High School are:
Please contact either Mrs. Rizzo or Mrs. Wendling if you have any concerns or wish to report an incident at North High School.
North High School has many activities and initiatives that support the prevention of discrimination and harassment in school. Groups like the Link Crew, Wellness Team, Gay-Straight Alliance, and Cultural Awareness Club all contribute to making an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.
North High School has a very active Link Crew program. Link Crew empowers students to be leaders and puts them in a role as a mentor to freshmen. In addition to the orientation programs that the students have put on, they also put together a “Movie Night” to provide an additional opportunity for Link Leaders to bond with their fellow classmates. The Link Leaders are positive role models for our underclassmen.
The Wellness program has made a commitment to character education and student wellness at North High School. Wellness has hosted two specific events in the past, Unity Day and the Sweet Meet and Greet. Unity Day has had a mission to help put an end to bullying. Staff and students are asked to wear orange in support of this endeavor. Mass numbers of students and staff donned the color to show that no one has to be alone.
In the fall, North High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance hosts a “wear red” day in order to promote tolerance and acceptance of LGBT students and to stand against bullying of all students. They have also implemented a “Day of Silence”, where they wear t-shirts and do not speak during the school day in solidarity against bullying and harassment of LGBT students.
North High School has a Cultural Awareness Club that celebrates racial, religious, economic and lifestyle diversity. This club works to promote understanding and learning of each other in a variety of ways. This year the Cultural Awareness Club is putting together a school-wide assembly for the students that will promote an appreciation of the diversity we have.
A Spartan is more than just a student who attends North High School. Spartans are known for their kindness, compassion for others and their service to others. Spartans reach out to help others in need and stand up for what is right. Spartans have a heart of (green and) gold!