The Dignity for All Students
What is the Dignity Act?
The Dignity Act seeks to provide public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying.
Video - Explanation of the Dignity Act for Parents
Dignity Act Flyer
What is Bullying?
The simple definition of bullying is when someone keeps acting mean on purpose. It could be hurting someone's body (kicking, hitting), hurting someone's feelings (teasing, name-calling) or hurting someone's friendships (leaving someone out, spreading rumors).
Any behavior associated with bullying hurts the individuals involved, as well as the community as a whole. Here at Lyncourt, we are working towards creating a bully-free environment for our entire community.
How are we creating a Bully-Free Environment?
Character Education Programs - We recognize that the development of positive character traits directly correlates to the future success of our students. The 2016-2017 school year was our first year involved with the Positivity Project, which teaches 24 Character Strengths. Our teachers in UPK through fifth grade also provide social skills instruction using Second Step, starting in the 2018-2019 school year.
Building awareness of the importance of mental health among staff and the community. OCM BOCES created a brochure for families to learn more. Mental Health Brochure
Code of Conduct Enforcement - The Lyncourt Code of Conduct currently defines Bullying/Harassment as: the 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 wellbeing; or conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety; such conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse includes but is not limited to conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex (Education Law Section 11). This also includes harassment/bullying through the use of electronic devices or media. Enforcement of the Code of Conduct across grade levels will ensure that a safe a productive environment is available for all students and staff.
If you hear about or witness incidents that could involve bullying-related behaviors, please contact Lyncourt's Dignity Act Coordinator, Kelly Schroeter (school psychologist) at firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-455-7571, or her substitute, Amy MacCaull (school counselor) at email@example.com, 315-455-7571. You may also print, fill out, and submit the following form to the main office: Dignity Act Reporting Form