Sexual harassment is against the law.
All employees have a legal right to a workplace free from sexual harassment. The Vernon Verona Sherrill School District is committed to maintaining a workplace free from sexual harassment.
Per New York State Law, Vernon Verona Sherrill has a sexual harassment prevention policy in place that protects you. This policy applies to all employees, paid or unpaid interns and non-employees in our workplace, regardless of immigration status.
If you believe you have been subjected to or have witnessed sexual harassment, you are encouraged to report the harassment to a supervisor, principal or to the Director of Pupil Services and Personnel Development so we can take action.
For questions or to file a complaint, please contact:
Mrs. Erin Scheemaker, Director of Pupil Services and Personnel Development
Our complete policy and complaint form may be found in the links below.
Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination
THE DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT
You should never feel that it is not safe to come to school and participate in all school activities. You should never be prevented from concentrating on your schoolwork because another student or a school staff member is teasing you, making fun of you, pushing you around, or threatening you in some way, because of your race, color, weight, national origin (where your family comes from), ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.
A student may not act toward another student in a way that reasonably might make that other student feel threatened or unsafe, or that might reasonably make that student unable to concentrate on their school work because of the other student’s your race, color, weight, national origin (where your family comes from), ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. It is against school rules for any student or school staff member to do this by physical actions or by verbal statements, including electronic messages.
New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act), seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school 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.
This legislation, signed into law on September 13, 2010 and effective July 1, 2012 amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 – Dignity for All Students. The Dignity Act also amended Section 801-a of New York State Education Law regarding instruction in civility, citizenship, and character education by expanding 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 further amended Section 2801 of the Education Law by requiring Boards of Education to include language addressing the Dignity Act in their codes of conduct.
For further information regarding the Dignity for All Students Act, see the links and files below. If you would like more information regarding specific Respect and Responsibility, Tolerance, and Antibullying activities and programs in your child(ren)'s school, please contact your child(ren)'s Building Principal or Dignity for All Students Act Coordinator. Each school's Principal and Social Worker are the Dignity for All Students Act Coordinators.
Reporting of bullying, harassment and discrimination - Click the document titles below for a printable PDF
Dignity for All Students Act
Dignity Act Coordinators-
Mr. Vince Pompo 315-829-7300 VPompo@vvsschools.org
Mrs. Kathie Whipple 315-829-7307 KWhipple@vvsschools.org
J.D. George Elementary
Mr. Gary Bissaillon 315-829-7360 GBissaillon@vvsschools.org
Mrs. Maria McGurk-Tschaar 315-829-7372 MMcGurk-Tschaar@vvsschools.org
Mrs. Elisabeth Relyea 315-829-7330 JRozwod@vvsschools.org
Mrs. Christine Bolton 315-829-7340 CBolton@vvsschools.org
V.V.S. Middle School
Mrs. Carrie Hodkinson 315-829-7444 CHodkinson@vvsschools.org
Mrs. Christina Ballard 315-829-7449 CBallard@vvsschools.org
V.V.S. High School
Mrs. Erin Sanchez 315-829-7440 Esanchez@vvsschools.org
Mrs. Brandy Lee Lappin 315-829-7432 BLappin@vvsschools.org
- New York State Education Department Website DASA
This is a link to the Dignity for All Students Act information on the New York State Education Department's website.
- New York State Center for School safety
This is the link to the New York State Center for School Safety DASA information website
- Madison-Oneida BOCES Antibullying Video
The video, for a hip-hop song called “Groovy” by artist NateKid, focuses on themes of anti-bullying, unity, acceptance and character education. The video was created and directed by New York City-based producer Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso, of Awaken Entertainment.
- New York State Education Department Website DASA