New York State's Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State's public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.
The Dignity Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012. In response, the Pelham Union Free School District Board of Education has incorporated the Dignity Act into the Student Code of Conduct.
A student's ability to learn and to meet high academic standards, and a school's ability to educate its students is compromised by incidents of discrimination or harassment, The Dignity Act makes it the official policy of New York State that all students in public schools have the right to an education free of discrimination and harassment.
It is the mission of the Pelham Union Free School District to provide a safe and supportive school environment for all of our students. If a student(s) is a target of harassment, bullying, threats to their safety, intimidation or discrimination on school property or at a school function, we urge the student, the bystander, parents or community members to contact the school's Dignity Act Coordinator and share their concerns. These Coordinators are appointed by the Board of Education to listen to you and to address any reports of student bullying, harassment or discrimination.
Scott Silvestri, Siwanoy and Colonial, 738-7650 X1606
Dr. Sarah DeSoye, Prospect Hill, 738-6690 X1404
Dr. Elizabeth Belanfante, Hutchinson, 738-3640 X1742
Dr. Tricia Joseph, Pelham Middle School, 738-8190 X1197
Dr. Jeanean Hergenrother, PMHS, 738-8110 X 1125
Again, we encourage you to contact your Dignity Act Coordinator, if necessary. You can decide together how best to address your concerns.