What is the Dignity for All Students Act?
The New York State Department of Education identifies the purpose of the Dignity Act as “providing the state’s 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 also has provisions for cyberbullying. Click here for more information on the Dignity Act.
East Islip School District Dignity for All Students Act Policy
The Dignity for All Students Act requires that each school building have at least one designated person to act as the Dignity Act coordinator and respond to reports of harassment or bullying. The Dignity Act coordinators for East Islip School District are Lisa Belz, director of special education/pupil personnel services 6-12, and Aileen O’Rourke, director of special education/pupil personnel services K-5 and CPSE.
To make a DASA referral (report of harassment, bullying, cyberbullying or discrimination) to the principal or principal’s designee (i.e., assistant principal, Dignity Act coordinators listed below for each building), please click the link below for the DASA referral form. This form should be filled out completely and returned to your child’s principal.
The name and contact information for each school building’s Dignity Act coordinators are:
Connetquot Elementary School
Danielle Flaumenhaft, Principal
Vivian Reilly, School Social Worker
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
Deborah Smith, Principal
Lisa Yacovone, Social Worker
Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School
Hillary K. Bromberg, Principal
Bethany Merlucci, Social Worker
Timber Point Elementary School-
Danielle Naccarato, Principal
Joan D’Angelo, Social Worker
East Islip Middle School-
Mark Bernard, Principal
Jason Stanton, Assistant Principal
Alison Johnstone, Social Worker
East Islip High School
William Brennen, Principal
Michael Thorley, Assistant Principal
Jessica Pignataro, Guidance Counselor
Peter De Pasquale, Social Worker