Decoding the Dignity for All Students Act

From the Cazenovia Central School District

Any person having reasonable cause to believe that a student has been subject to discrimination or harassment must act reasonably and in good faith and report the incident. Incident reporting forms are available on the district website and on each building’s page.

Today’s students are referred to as “Digital Natives,” and as such they are, quite adept with technology.

A recent survey shared with schools the following data:

—94 percent have a cell phone

—70 percent own a laptop

—69 percent own an iPod or mp3 player

—23 percent own a tablet

—28 percent have shared information they would not normally share in public

—12 percent have shared a cell phone number with a stranger

—13 percent have posted risqué photos of themselves online

—7 percent have their primary profile set to “public”

These statistics are cause for concern regarding today’s youth. The DACT is an attempt to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and focus, as they navigate the digital culture.

The following people have been appointed as Dignity Act coordinators for the Cazenovia Central School District:

Mary Horan, for Burton Street Elementary (mhoran@caz.cnyric.org)

Jennifer Glasgow, for Cazenovia Middle School (jglasgow@caz.cnyric.org)

Britt Zumpano, for Cazenovia High School (bzumpano@caz.cnyric.org)

To access the Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Form, visit docs.google.com/folder/d/0B3R6CVtSac6RdUhDZHl2R1ctNWM/edit?pli=1&docId=0B0R7B_xa7UF3NEJFSGRYeU0yRlU

Susan Vickers is associate principal at Cazenovia High School. Her photograph was unavailable for print. Vickers can be reached at 655-1314 or svickers@caz.cnyric.org.

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