Malone Middle School is committed to creating a safe and supportive learning environment for all students, every day! To this end, we have a number of policies and procedures in place to assist students who experience issues that impact their ability to learn and feel safe within the school building. This page has been designed to offer information related to the New York State Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), our role is supporting this legislation, and resources for students and parents regarding bullying and harassment.
Students are encouraged to seek out an adult whenever they feel unsafe, may be a victim of bullying, or witnessed what they feel may be an instance of bullying. The Assistant Principal's office is a great place to obtain an incident form regarding bullying. Students are encouraged to fill out the form in a timely manner and return it to the Assistant Principal's office so that the matter can be investigated.
Bullying and Harassment Online Form
Please use the above link to access our online Bullying and Harassment form if you are unable to obtain a form from the Assistant Principal's office.
MMS Bullying Report Flowchart for Students
This document explains to both students and parents the process after a student fills out and submits an incident report related to bullying.
MMS DASA Investigation Flowchart
This document sets forth the investigation process that takes place after a bullying and harassment form is submitted to the office.
Distinguishing Bullying From Peer Conflict, Accidents, & Misunderstandings
This document may help parents and students in deciding if an issue would be considered bullying or a peer conflict, accident, or misunderstanding. It is not all-inclusive, but a helpful starting point!
What is DASA?
The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was signed into law on September 13, 2010. The goal of the Act is to help secure safe and supportive learning environments for NYS public school students that are free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying based on a student’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (defined to include gender identity or expression), or sex may be considered a DASA violation and should be reported for investigation.
*Adapted from NYS Dignity Act website
Resources for Students & Parents:
New York State Dignity for All Students Act Webpage
A great resource for the basics of the Dignity Act.
Anti-Cyberbullying Toolkit from Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is a well known resource for all things digital in the world of education. This link provides educators, students, and parents access to some of the best information related to how to be safe online. We are proud to announce that many of our students are already being exposed to Common Sense lessons relating to online safety!
Another great resource providing information on bullying and cyberbullying for parents and students funded by the Federal Government.