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Canajoharie amends Code of Conduct to include Dignity Act components


Sept 28, 2012


The Canajoharie Central School District Board of Education recently approved the district’s code of conduct with amendments that reflect the policies in the Dignity for All Students Act that took effect on July 1. The code of conduct now specifically addresses bullying and discrimination.

To view the Code of Conduct click the link under "Resources," on the left side of this page.

The new law 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. Beginning in July, 2013, the new law will also include cyber-bullying.

Under the law, it is now mandatory for staff to report all incidents of bullying. It also requires training programs to help teachers and administrators learn how to deal with bullying once it is reported. District staff received training on the Dignity Act during opening day professional development activities.

“In order for all students to be successful learners, our school environment and interactions must be safe, positive and supportive,” said Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw. “We, as a district and community must take incidences of bullying seriously and be positive role models for our students.”

Each district is required to identify Dignity Act coordinators who are responsible for investigating reported incidences. The district’s Dignity Act coordinators are:

  • Rebecca Gleason (9-12 principal): 518-673-6330

  • Mark Rauch (6-8 principal): 518-673-6320

  • Stacy Ward (K-5 principal) : 518-673-6310

  • Andrea Bovee (district): 518-673-6336

  • Kelly Swart (district): 518-673-6310