Written by Wendy Kreitzman Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
The Great Neck school board revised its Policy on Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment, Hazing and Sexting at its Feb. 11 public action meeting. New language was added to the policy based on guidance from the district’s legal counsel. This new language clarifies the role of a dignity act coordinator (DAC) in the district.
This revision was first proposed at the board’s December public action meeting when school board trustee Susan Healy, chair of the policy committee, explained that the revision addresses the enactment of the New York State Dignity for All students legislation that requires the establishment of a dignity act coordinator (DAC) in each school in the district. A second hearing, in January, further addressed the new language.
The state law calling for a DAC in each school was enacted on July 1, 2012. For this school year, a DAC has already been assigned to each school. Schools Superintendent Thomas Dolan said that all of the current coordinators are current district employees. Dolan said that the DAC position does not carry a stipend, as it is an added responsibility to the coordinator. Each coordinator must already be an employee of the Great Neck School District.
The revision includes an added last paragraph (regarding a DAC). This added paragraph reads as follows: “In accordance with the New York Sate Dignity for All students act (July 1,2012), the board will designate a dignity act coordinator (DAC) for each school in the district. The role of each DAC in the school to which they are assigned is to oversee and enforce this policy for conduct that is of such a severe nature that it either has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s education performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental emotional or physical well being; or reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety.”
The board will meet next for a public action meeting on Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m., at Great Neck North High School, 35 Polo Road in the Village of Great Neck. The public action meeting will immediately follow the 7:30 p.m. recognition of North High school students. This will be the first budget meeting for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.