The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) protects all students from harassment, discrimination, and bullying of any kind by other students, school personnel, parents and other visitors before, during or after the school day, whether on or off school property, school bus or attending a school-sponsored activity. DASA states that no student shall be subjected to discrimination, harassment or bullying based on his or her actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, weight (or other physical features), sexual orientation, gender identity, or biological sex.
Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School supports the District’s commitment to provide a safe and constructive learning environment that honors the dignity and worth of every individual.
The Connetquot Central School District of Islip is committed to raising the awareness of the issue of bullying in our schools. Our mission is to help parents, teachers, students and the community address this problem. We aspire to eradicate bullying in all district buildings and create mutual respect in the Connetquot community.
OBMS DASA COORDINATORS
Sue Bailey – Principal; Joseph Piombo – Assistant Principal; Stacy Folbert – Social Worker (YFS); Lori Harned – Guidance Counselor; Marielle Tutino– Guidance Counselor; Stephanie Zabbia – Guidance Counselor; Lenore Viollis – Psychologist; Jessica Wickers – Psychologist
Bullying and harassment are forms of dangerous and disrespectful behavior that will not be permitted or tolerated. Bullying and harassment may involve a range of misconduct which, based on the severity, will warrant a measured response of corrective action and/or discipline. Behaviors that do not rise to the level of bullying and harassment, as defined below, still may be subject to intervention and/or discipline under another section of the discipline plan or a discipline policy. A formal complaint may be made by completing CCSD Policy #0115-E.1 which can be found on the district website and should be submitted to the building principal.
The Dignity Act defines Harassment as “creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by
verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that has or would have the effect of unreasonably and
substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits,
or mental, emotional or physical well-being…”
What is bullying?
Bullying is aggressive behavior that is persistent, intentional and involves an imbalance of
power or strength. Traditionally bullying involves actions such as hitting, teasing, and or
intimidation through social exclusion. In addition, cyberbullying is bullying through the
The four types of bullying are:
What are the possible warning signs of bullying?
Warning signs for parents may include, but are not limited to, when your child:
If you suspect your child is involved in bullying behavior, please consider the following:
How can you help your child?
Speak to your child privately. Learn about what’s been going on. Listen, get the facts and assess your child's feelings about the bullying. Is this the first time he or she has been hurt by bullying or is this something that has been going on for a while? Assure your child that it is not his or her fault.
Praise your child for their courage to discuss bullying incidents with you. Explain how helpful they are being by providing this important information.
What is Cyberbullying?
A Digital Footprint - Remember that messages, posts, and comments on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Smart Phones are instantaneous and last forever!
Cyberbullying can be:
Did You Know?
94% of all children between the ages of 3-18 use the internet
32% of teens clear their browser history to hide information from their parents
16% of teens have created private emails and social network pages to hide information from their parents
20% of teens have engaged in cyberbullying
42% of parents do not review the content of their child’s internet access
30% of parents allow their children to use the computer in unsupervised areas
Where does Cyberbullying occur?
Email, instant messaging, text, digital images, social network sites (Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Snapchat, Club Penguin, Twitter, Oovo, AIM), Web pages, Blogs, Chat rooms
Types of Cyberbullying
What can parents do about Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying research center- http://www.cyberbullying.us/
Connect Safely- Smart Social media- http://www.connectsafely.org/
Onguard Online - http://www.onguardonline.gov