Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) is a New York State law designed to ensure that all students attend school in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, taunting, and intimidation initiated by students or personnel. The Liverpool Central School District aims to promote a safe and supportive school climate by strictly prohibiting behaviors that interfere with students' educational performance and well-being.

Each school building across our district has a designated Dignity Act Coordinator which has been trained specifically to handle reports of victimization. Additionally, this person manages human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) and sex. 

Incidents of bullying or harassment can be reported by students, school personnel, or parents/guardians. If your child is experiencing bullying or harassment in any form, please file a report and submit it to their home school DASA coordinator.  

Initial Report: Building Principal or Designee

Who Receives a DASA Report 

Step 1: Contact your building principals.

Chestnut Hill Elementary
Todd Bourcy, Principal

Donlin Drive Elementary
Heather Silvia, Principal

Elmcrest Elementary
Rachel Korzyp, Principal

Liverpool Elementary
TBD, Principal

Long Branch Elementary
Jason Taylor, Principal

Morgan Road Elementary
Amy Godkin, Principal

Soule Road Elementary
Jonathan Kilian, Principal

Willow Field Elementary
Dr. Susan Lohret, Principal

Chestnut Hill Middle
David Hunter, Principal

Liverpool Middle
Joseph Mussi, Principal

Morgan Road Middle
Maura White, Princial

Soule Road Middle
Stacey Rebecchi, Principal

Step 2: If you require additional support after the principal has addressed the DASA report, please contact the Office of  K-8 Education at 315-622-7176. 

Step 3: Should you need further assistance, you may contact the Office of Student Services at 315-622-7190.

Step 1: Contact your building principal.

Liverpool High School
Brett Woodcock, Executive Principal

Step 2: If you require additional support after the principal has addressed the DASA report, please contact the Office of Student Services at 315-622-7190.

Liverpool Central School District
Jennifer DiBianco, DASA Coordinator

Helpful Tips for Recognizing Signs of Bullying

Sources: NYSED.gov and the Dignity for All Students Act 

Physical Signs:

  • Unexplained Injuries: Bruises, cuts, scratches, or other marks that the child cannot explain.
  • Lost or Damaged Belongings: Frequent loss of personal items, such as books, electronics, or clothing, or belongings that appear damaged.

Emotional and Behavioral Changes:

  • Mood Swings: Noticeable changes in mood, such as becoming withdrawn, anxious, depressed, or unusually angry.
  • Changes in Eating or Sleeping Habits: Skipping meals, binge eating, difficulty sleeping, or having frequent nightmares.
  • Low Self-Esteem: Expressions of feeling worthless or experiencing a sudden drop in self-confidence.

Academic Issues:

  • Declining Grades: Sudden or gradual decline in academic performance.
  • Loss of Interest in School: Reluctance or refusal to go to school, loss of interest in schoolwork, or skipping classes.

Social Changes:

  • Avoidance of Social Situations: Avoiding school-related activities, social isolation, or a sudden loss of friends.
  • Changes in Friendship Dynamics: Sudden changes in social circles or withdrawal from peer interactions.

Cyberbullying Signs:

  • Increased or Decreased Use of Technology: Noticeable increase or decrease in use of electronic devices, including social media. Visible distress, anger, or upset after using devices.
  • Secretive Behavior: Hiding screens, avoiding conversations about online activities, or changes in online habits.

Not all victims of bullying exhibit signs. For more detailed information on the signs of bullying, you can refer to the following sources:

DASA Information Guide​ (NYSED)​

Dignity for All Students Act Guidance​ (NYSED)​

Indicators of Cyberbullying Involvement​ (NYSED)​

These resources provide comprehensive guidelines and checklists to help identify and address bullying in school environments.