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Long Island Administrators Attend Workshop
Nearly 80 Long Island school administrators recently attended a bullying prevention workshop sponsored by the School Administrators Association of New York State.
Read more (download the September issue of SAANYS' newsletter.) 

State Laws

The Dignity for All Students Act (2010) Defines harassment and prohibits harassment of a student by employees or students on school property or at a school function. “School property” is defined in the statute. It also prohibits discrimination of students based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex by school employees or students on school property or at a school function. It requires the board of education and trustees of each school district to create policies and guidelines that must include the following: 1) Policies intended to create a school environment that is free from discrimination or harassment, 2) Guidelines to be used in school training programs to discourage the development of discrimination or harassment and are designed to raise awareness, sensitivity and enable prevention and response of school employees to potential discrimination or harassment, and 3) Guidelines relating to the development of nondiscriminatory instructional and counseling methods, requiring at least one staff member at every school be thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, relgion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender and sex. It requires the Commissioner of Education to create a procedure for annual reporting of incidents of discrimination and harassment on school grounds or at a school function. The statute also provides immunity from liability for those reporting discrimination or harassment of a student, when acting in good faith.  

Education Law 2801-a (no date available) requires school safety plans to contain strategies for improving communication among students and between students and staff and reporting of potentially violent incidents, such as creating a forum or designating a mentor for students concerned with bullying or violence and establishing anonymous reporting mechanisms for school violence."

Cyber Bullying
No state policy.

No state policy addressing elementary or secondary schools.

Source: National Association of State Boards of Education
Last Updated: 7/15/2010

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