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Dignity for All Students Act

In 2010, the New York State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo approved the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) to help ensure that schools have the tools and resources to provide all students an educational environment in which they can thrive. A statewide task force developed guidelines, with each school district developing its program for implementation on July 1, 2012.

The Canandaigua City School District, long a leader in character education, has adapted many of its existing anti-bullying and character education initiatives into its mandated DASA implementation plan.

The purpose is to ensure that all students attending Canandaigua schools 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.

DASA Coordinators for Canandaigua schools:

Vernon Tenney- Director of Student and Administrative Services: 396-3997
Brian Amesbury- K-5 Coordinator: 396-3900
Peter Jensen- Middle School Coordinator: 396-3880
Eric Jordan- Academy Coordinator: 396-3803

Initial, oral reports may be made to ANY building administrator. Do Not Wait!

Character, Citizenship, and Civility Instruction:
At the Primary-Elementary School
  • Responsive Classroom
  • The Leader in Me
  • Solution-focused approach
At the Middle School
  • Character Lessons each Thursday

Reporting Form

stop bullying

The Dignity for All Students Act....

prohibits acts of harassment and bullying, including cyberbullying and/or discrimination, by employees or students on school property or at a school function, including but not limited to such conduct as those based on a student’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (defined to include gender identity or expression) or sex (Education Law §12[1]). Cyberbullying is defined as harassment or bullying which takes place through any form of electronic communication (Education Law §11[8]).