Newburgh Enlarged City School District Launches Online Bullying Reporting System
The New York State Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires schools to collect and report data regarding material incidents of discrimination, harassment, and bullying. The goal of DASA is to provide the students with a safe and supportive learning environment. The Newburgh Enlarged City School District will be launching a new online DASA Incident Reporter aimed at making reporting cases of bullying safer and confidential. The system, developed by the district’s communication’s team, allows students, parents, staff, or anyone who may witness an incident of bullying, harassment, or discrimination to report it. The details of the incident are then electronically sent to the appropriate school staff for review. Those who choose to report even have the option of reporting anonymously if they don’t feel comfortable being identified. “We take matters related to DASA seriously and developed this platform so witnesses and victims can report confidentially and even anonymously,” stated Dr. Roberto Padilla, Superintendent of Schools.
The online option can be more effective because it gives students and parents another outlet to report incidents that occur either during school hours or after. Most students who report are not the targets but concerned bystanders. The district believes that if students are given the opportunity to report something in a way that doesn’t compromise their own safety, they will. This will ultimately lead to a greater safety district wide.
The Newburgh DASA Incident Reporter also includes videos and is a resource hub. There are resources for bystanders, those who may be victims themselves, and even those who are doing the bullying. There are also resources for parents and families on how to best discuss bullying with their children. Additionally, the system clearly defines what actions constitute bullying, harassment, and outlines the various forms. The Newburgh Enlarged City School District hopes this tool is just another layer of support for its families. The system will be located on the district’s homepage or accessed by visiting http://www.dasa.newburghschools.org.