School Climate

Dignity Act-. Amended NYS Education Law by creating a new Article 2 – Dignity for All Students Act and Section 2801 
Signed in to law on 9/13/2010, effective on 7/1/2012, the Dignity Act Expands the concepts of tolerance, respect for others and dignity to include: an awareness and sensitivity in the relations of people, including but not limited to, different races, weights, national origins, ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identity, and sexes. The Dignity Act requires Boards of Education to include language addressing The Dignity Act in their codes of conduct. This page containe various memos related to providing all students with a safe and supportive school environment  inclusive of students who are LGBT.

Harassment, Bullying and Free Expression: Guidelines for Free and Safe Public Schools - Brochure
Produced by  a coalition of 17 education, religious, and civil liberties groups and based on current law, provides guidelines aimed at helping public schools balance the need for school safety with the need for free expression. 

Education World Lesson Plans and strategies on Bullying Awareness)
Provides free resources for teachers including Anti-Bullying Activities | Anti-Bullying Lesson Plans

MedlinePlus Bullying Resources on Bullying
Offers resources, prevention strategies and news for school health professionals and parents  (US Libary Of Medicine)

NASN Bullying Prevention in Schools 
NASN position statement which includes a summary, background, rationale and resources on bullying for school nurses

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)
Offers assistance and training to district and school administrators, school staff, communities, families, and students—to improve conditions for learning. They assist with assessment of conditions for learning and the implementation of evidence-based interventions. The Center also can help address disruptive behaviors such as bullying, harassment and violence, and substance use.

NCSSLE NY State Profile
New York is working to ensure its schools are safe and supportive. This page features school climate information for New York, including a list of grants the State and its communities have received; State discipline and bullying policies; data for a selection of indicators; and related news articles.

National Association of School Psychologists A Framework for School-Wide Bullying Prevention and Safety
Provides resources for schools and families to support children and youth through crisis and trauma, including a a specific section on bullying.

NYS Center for School Safety
Offers statewide professional development and technical assistance to support schools and districts in creating and maintaining safe and healthy learning environments for all New York State students. They serve all local education agencies with a particular focus on schools designated as “persistently dangerous”. 

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP)
A comprehensive, system-wide approach to bullying prevention.

StopBullying.gov / Bullying prevention information and strategies
This resource offers training modules, PowerPoints, toolkits, videos, resources, state-by-state laws and policies, and much more.

Updated 1/20/2019