canandaigua city school district

Dignity for All Students Act

In 2010, the New York State Legislature and Governor David Patterson approved the Dignity for All Students Act to create a learning environment free of discrimination and harassment for all students. 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 Dignity for All Students Act 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.

Character, Citizenship, and Civility Instruction:
At the Primary-Elementary School

Responsive Classroom -The Leader in Me - Solution-focused approach

At the Middle School

Advisory Character Lessons

Dignity Act Student Presentation

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]).

Dignity for All Students Coordinators for Canandaigua schools:
kris vanduyne
Kris VanDuyne - District Coordinator - 396-3700


michelle reynolds
Michelle Reynolds - UPK - 2 Coordinator - 396-3900


lindsay lazenby
Lindsay Lazenby - 3-5 Coordinator: 396-3900


theron chinn
Theron ChinN - Middle School Coordinator: 396-3850


eric jordan
Eric Jordan - Academy Coordinator: 396-3800