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What is bullying?
Bullying is a complex problem, but there are good tools and resources that can help parents, educators and caring adults identify bullying behavior. Did you know that there are four specific characteristics that can qualify a situation as bullying? The behavior has to be intentional, be repetitive, be hurtful and involve an imbalance of power. To find out more, click here.

What is the Dignity for All Students Act?
The New York State Department of Education identifies the purpose of the Dignity Act as “providing the state’s students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.” The Dignity Act also has provisions for cyberbullying. Click here for more information on the Dignity Act.

East Islip School District Dignity for All Students Act Policy

The Dignity for All Students Act requires that each school building have at least one designated person to act as the Dignity Act coordinator and respond to reports of harassment or bullying. The Dignity Act coordinators for the East Islip School District are Lisa Belz, Executive Director of Special Education/Pupil Personnel Services 6-12, and Aileen O’Rourke, Executive Director of Special Education/Pupil Personnel Services K-5 and CPSE.

To make a DASA referral (report of harassment, bullying, cyberbullying or discrimination) to the principal or principal’s designee (i.e., assistant principal, Dignity Act coordinators listed below for each building), please click the link below for the DASA referral form. This form should be filled out completely and returned to your child’s principal.

The name and contact information for each school building’s Dignity Act coordinators are:

Connetquot Elementary School
Nicholas Bilotti, Principal
Bethany Merlucci, Social Worker

John F. Kennedy Elementary School
Deborah Smith, Principal
Lisa Yacovone, Social Worker

Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School
Janet Jones, Principal
Vivian Reilly, Social Worker

Timber Point Elementary School-
Danielle Naccarato, Principal
Joan D’Angelo, Social Worker

East Islip Middle School-
William Brennen, Principal
Michael Thorley, Assistant Principal
Joseph Saravia, Social Worker

East Islip High School
Mark Bernard, Principal
Peter De Pasquale, Social Worker


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Friday, November 27, 2020