Dignity for All Students Act
The Watervliet City School District does not tolerate bullying of any kind, and is prepared to meet the requirements of New York’s Dignity for All Students Act, which took effect on July 1, 2012.
Schools cannot address bullying unless incidents are reported. Students may report bullying anonymously using the new “Bully Free” Reporting Form—available in the guidance offices of each school and on the district website (here). Reporting forms can be dropped in “Bully Free” boxes located in the guidance offices.
Students, staff and parents may also report bullying incidents by contacting school building administrators or the district’s “Dignity Act” Coordinators: Alison Santiago, Watervliet Elementary School 629-3400, ex. 2218 or Noreen Gill, Watervliet Junior-Senior High School 629-3300, ex. 2210.
Watervliet strongly supports a school climate that is safe and welcoming to all students. The district recognizes that physical, emotional, and social bullying, harassment or intimidation can jeopardize students’ academic achievement and undermine their emotional and physical well-being.
Faculty, staff and administrators are committed to working toward eliminating bullying/harassment with a strong and immediate response to any and all incidents they are made aware of.
Bullying is an intentional, hurtful act carried out repeatedly and over time, which harms, induces fear and/or creates terror in the victim. It is characterized by an imbalance of power between the victim and the aggressor, and can take several forms including physical, emotional and social bullying.
It may be verbal, such as name-calling, teasing, threatening, gossiping, etc., or non-verbal harassment such as poking, tripping, stealing, destroying the personal property of others, and/or excluding someone from a group.
Bullying is different from teasing. Bullies try to control others using scare tactics, and often will seek out victims who are alone, who act emotionally, or who give in to others easily.
Who is involved in bullying?
Both girls and boys can be involved in bullying.
Where does bullying occur?
Bullying can happen anywhere. At school, bullying often happens in the halls, at lunch, and on the playground — especially when no adult is directly supervising. It can also occur on the school bus, in a child's neighborhood or on the Internet.
More about bullying
Recognizing bullying including:
Bullying: Tips for Students
The impact of bullying
The Net Neighborhood (PDF)