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Students in Nate Smith's broadcast journalism class at Elmira High School created this video, which includes students and staff reciting the DASA Act.

Dignity for All Students — DASA


Why is the Dignity Act Important?

Students who experience harassment and/or discrimination may also experience problems with grade failure, behavioral problems, poor attendance, and social problems with peers because of the difficulty that they are experiencing. The Elmira City School District takes these issues seriously and is committed to safeguarding the rights given to all students under state and federal law, as well as to promoting a safe, healthy, orderly and civilschool environment. The district’s administration, faculty and staff are dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe learning environment for all of our students.


Important Aspects of DASA:

  • The New York State Dignity for All Students Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and was placed in effect for all public schools on July 1, 2012.
  • The intent of the Dignity Act is to provide all students in New York State public schools a learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.
  • The Dignity Act states that NO student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at a school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice,disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.
  • School property includes school buildings, athletic playing fields, playgrounds, parking lots, and school buses. School functions include school-sponsored extracurricular events and activities.


Elmira City School District Dignity Act Coordinators and Reporting Procedures:

The Dignity Act requires that all schools have at least one staff-person designated as the Dignity Act Coordinator. The Dignity Act Coordinator is responsible for addressing reports of potential harassment and/or discrimination. If you have concerns about an incident of possible harassment or discrimination, please contact your school's Dignity Act Coordinator.



  • Beecher Elementary School: Mike Lanning,735-3500
  • Broadway Elementary School: Rebecca Kiley, 735-3600
  • Coburn Elementary School: Jason Johnston, 735-3650
  • Diven Elementary School: Pam Davis-Webb,735-3700
  • Fassett Elementary School: Mary Cox, 735-3900
  • Hendy Elementary School: Diane Spotts, 735-3750
  • Pine City Elementary School: Rhonda Baran, 735-3800
  • Riverside Elementary School: Carrie Rollins, 735-3850
  • Broadway Middle School: Robert Bailey, 735-3300
  • Ernie Davis Middle School: John Wood, 735-3400
  • Elmira Free Academy: Christopher Krantz, 735-3100
  • Southside High School: Christopher Krantz, 735-3200


The Dignity Act Coordinator for the Elmira City School District is Derek Almy. Mr. Almy can be reached at 735-3040 or

For additional information related to the New York State Dignity for All Students Act, visit

Please also refer to the Elmira City School District’s Code of Conduct.

Hard copies of our District’s Code of Conduct can be obtained by contacting Kathleen Costello, Community Information Specialist, at 735-3091.


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