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Dignity for All Students

The Dignity Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012. "New York State’s Dignity for All Students 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 also amended Section 801-a of New York State Education Law regarding instruction in civility, citizenship, and character education by expanding the concepts of tolerance, respect for others and dignity to include: an awareness and sensitivity in the relations of people, including but not limited to, different races, weights, national origins, ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identity, and sexes."  (

In accordance with NYS Education Law, the Board of Education has adopted Policy 7550, Dignity For All Students, to provide a framework of support to continue to maintain a culture and climate of mutual respect in our schools. The District Code of Conduct provides expectations for students, staff,  and visitors as they work and/or volunteer in our schools.

In each school, a Dignity For All Students (DASA) Coordinator is thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) and sex. The DASA coordinators are available to assist families with any concerns.

 Resource:  How to Differentiate Bullying from Conflict/Teasing

Dignity Incident Reporting Form

Complete the form and send it to the appropriate coordinator below:

Wingdale Elementary School:

MaryBeth Kenny, Dignity Act Coordinator
Wingdale Elementary School
6413 Route 55
Wingdale, NY  12594 
845-877-5700 x2413

Dover Elementary School:

Herman Harmelink, Dignity Act Coordinator
Dover Elementary School
9 School Street
Dover Plains, NY  12522 
845-877-5700 x3413

Dover Middle School:

Henry Pollinger, Dignity Act Coordinator
Dover Union Free School District
2368 Route 22
Dover Plains, NY  12522 
845-877-5700 x1131

Dover High School:

Genie Angelis, Dignity Act Coordinator
Dover Union Free School District
2368 Route 22
Dover Plains, NY  12522 
845-877-5700 x1143

The Dignity For All Students Act on the NYS Education Department website:

Dover Union Free School District   2368 Rt 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 877-5700   Fax: (845) 877-5766

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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