Dignity for All Students Act

New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act or DASA) 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 legislation states that no student will be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at a school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.

View the NYSED Dignity for All Students Act informational brochure
View Dignity for All Students: Prohibiting Discrimination & Harassment of Students Policy 0115

DASA Coordinators

Jeremy Barker, Director of Human Resources
(845) 680-1030

William O. Schaefer Elementary School
Nora Polansky, Principal
Jeannine Carr, Assistant Principal
Tom Colgan, School Psychologist
(845) 680-1300

Cottage Lane Elementary School
Karen Ramirez, Principal
Sheila Beglin, Assistant Principal
Linda King, School Psychologist
(845) 680-1500

South Orangetown Middle School
Dan Sullivan, Student Support
Siobhan Maiorano, Guidance Counselor
(845) 680-1100

Tappan Zee High School
Juliet Gevargis-Mizimakoski, Assistant Principal
Richard Neidhart, Assistant Principal
(845) 680-1600


Human Resources
South Orangetown Central School District
160 Van Wyck Road
Blauvelt, NY 10913

Jeremy Barker
Director of Human Resources
(845) 680-1030

Denise Weber-Mishkel
Personnel Assistant
(845) 680-1033

Caitlin McElderry
Personnel Clerk
(845) 680-1034