Manhasset Public Schools
Jean C. Kendall, Ed.D. Principal
Munsey Park School
August 28, 2012
Dear Munsey Park Parents,
I want to be sure you knowabout the New York State Dignity for All Students Act, also known as Dignity Act, that took effect July 1, 2012. The Act makes the official policy of New York State that all
students in public schools have the right to an education free of discrimination and harassment. To promote civility in all schools and to prevent and prohibit conduct which is inconsistent with the mission of schooling, the Dignity Act requires all schools to have age appropriate language of the
policy in our Code of Conduct.
As you know, each year for the past several years, we have presented our School Behavior Code to students and families and have required signatures of all parties pledging to follow the Code. This year, we included the Dignity Act, which underscores our ongoing commitment to respect for all.
The Dignity Act includes, but is not limited to, acts of discrimination and harassment based on a student’s race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, gender, or sex. Teachers and staff members are being trained in the components and practices of the Dignity Act. While each building has the assistant principal as the Dignity Act coordinator, a team of our school professionals will also make up our Dignity Act coordination at Munsey Park: guidance counselor and
social worker, school nurses, assistant principal, principal. In addition, the following lists some of the events that will take place and be integrated throughout the school day:
• Presentation to all teachers and staff by trained presenter
• Ongoing reminders through Student Council and other announcements
• Principal/Assistant Principal assemblies with students
• “Community Read” program to use literature to emphasize important components
• Library displays of relevant books
• Direct instruction for students on civility, citizenship, character, tolerance, respect for others, and dignity.
• Student/teacher instruction with Behavior Code.
• An evening presentation on October 29, 2012, coordinated by the District/SCA/CASA.
What can you do as parents and families? You will be a vital and important part of this process. Talk with your child and explain the important of his/her actions each and every day. Let your child know that reasonable consequences for violations will be in place. Let your child know that you will
enthusiastically support our school in enforcing this Act. Review the Munsey Park School Behavior Code and help your child understand all aspects of appropriate behavior. Communicate with us, as needed.
For additional information, please visit the New York State website: www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact.
Jean C. Kendall
Jean C. Kendall, Ed.D.