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
(845) 680-1300
Nora Polansky, Principal
Sheila Beglin, Assistant Principal
Brian Galvin, School Psychologist

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

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

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


Human Resources
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

Christine Cusack
(845) 680-1032