The North Syracuse Central School District will not
tolerate bullying or harassment of any sort!
Everyone should feel safe at school and at school activities. No one should be harassed or threatened because of their race, color, weight, national origin (where your family comes from), ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. The Dignity for All Students Act protects you and helps everyone feel safe at school so they can learn. The North Syracuse Central School District is committed to providing our students with a safe learning environment free from all forms of bullying, cyber-bullying, harrassment and discrimination.
What is bullying? What is DASA?
What is the North Syracuse Central School District
doing to prevent bullying?
The North Syracuse Central School District is committed to providing an educational and working environment that promotes respect, dignity and equality for all students, staff and parents. Our policies condemn and prohibit all forms of discrimination, such as harassment, hazing and bullying on school grounds, on school buses, at school bus pick-up sites, and at all school sponsored activities, programs and events.
Our schools cannot effectively address bullying if incidents are not reported. Anyone (including students) who feels that they have been bullied or harassed, who wants to report an incident of someone else being bullied, or who has questions on this topic should contact the relevant school DASA Coordinator (listed below).
How do you know if an incident merits a DASA report?
To determine whether the incident meets the threshold of DASA or necessitates contacting the school for additional information or assistance, ask the following questions regarding the incident:
Is it BULLYING? In order to be considered BULLYING, the behavior includes the following characteristics:
- Intentionally causes harm
- Creates an imbalance of power
- Is repeated over time
Is it CYBERBULLYING? In order to be considered CYBERBULLYING the behavior includes the following characteristics:
- Bullying that happens by means of electronic devices including; sending, posting, or sharing personal or private information about someone causing embarrassment or humiliation
Is it HARASSMENT? In order to be considered HARASSMENT the behavior includes the following characteristics:
- Actual or perceived negative actions that offend, ridicule, or demean another student
- Behaviors or messages directed at race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, family/parental or marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ancestry, physical attributes, socioeconomic status, physical or mental ability, or disability
Is it DISCRIMINATION? In order to be considered DISCRIMINATION the behavior includes the following characteristics:
- Denying rights based on the group, class, or category to which a person belongs; race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, family/parental or marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ancestry, physical attributes, socioeconomic status, physical or mental ability, or disability
- Inequitable treatment based on the group, class, or category to which a person belongs; race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, family/parental or marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, ancestry, physical attributes, socioeconomic status, physical or mental ability, or disability
If the to any of the above questions is yes - file a DASA Report by clicking the link to your school below.
If the answer to all of these questions is no, this incident does not meet the threshold for a DASA Incident report. Please contact the building administrator using the contact information for your school below.
Click any on the links below to report a bullying incident for that school!
Allen Road Elementary School - Emily Lafountain (315/218-2300)
KWS Bear Road Elementary School - Olivia Cambs (315/218-2400)
Cicero Elementary School - Kathy Wheeler (315/218-2500)
Lakeshore Road Elementary School - Tina Chmielewski (315/218-2600)
Roxboro Road Elementary School - Matthew Motala (315/218-2700)
Smith Road Elementary School - Lyndsey Maloney (315/218-2800)
Gillette Road Middle School - Sarah Jones (315/218-3002)
Roxboro Road Middle School - Heather Pellegrino (315/218-3302)
North Syracuse Junior High School - Chuck Yonko (315/218-3612)
Cicero-North Syracuse High School - Heather Puchta (315/218-4101)
Early Education Program at Main Street School - Dawn Hussein (315/218-2200)
What is the definition of bullying?
Bullying may consist of hitting, teasing, taunting, spreading rumors and gossip, stealing, or excluding someone from a group. It is carried out with the intent to harm someone who cannot defend themselves. Bullying is unfair and one-sided. It can be repeated over time or can be a one-time occurrence. The important component is that it involves an imbalance of power.
Possible warning signs that a child is being bullied:
- Comes home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
- Has unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches
- Has few, if any friends, with whom he or she spends time
- Seems afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities with peers (such as clubs)
- Takes a long , “illogical” route when walking to or from school
- Has lost interest in school work or suddenly begins to do poorly in school
- Appears sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home
- Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical ailments
- Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams
- Experiences a loss of appetite
- Appears anxious and suffers from low self-esteem
What to do if you suspect that your child is being bullied?
- Talk with your child. Ask questions about friends, situations and difficult encounters. Ensure your child that he or she is not to blame.
- Instruct your child not to fight back. This will continue the bullying cycle.
- Advise your child to report the incidence to an adult and keep reporting if it doesn't stop.
- Role-play social interactions with your child to assist them in expressing themselves appropriately and firmly.
- Talk with staff at your child's school. Ask questions about what the teacher or other staff members observe regarding your child's interactions with others or whether they see him/her sitting by themselves.
- Talk with a School Counselor/Social Worker about your fears and see if there are other concerns that the child is experiencing.
Could my child be bullying other? Look for these behaviors:
- Frequent name-calling (wimps, dummies, jerks, gay, faggot, dyke)
- Regular bragging
- A constant need to get their own way
- Spending time with younger or less powerful children
- A lack of empathy for others
- A defiant or hostile attitude; easily takes offensive
How can I help promote respectful behavior?
- Spend time with your child. When problems come up, help her think of respectful, cooperative ways to solve them.
- Know your child's friends.
- Be consistent about discipline. Hold your child responsible for negative or hurtful behavior, but avoid using public put-downs and physical punishment.
- Eliminate toys, games, and TV shows that reward aggression. Some children learn how to bully by seeing it on television or in video games.
- Encourage your child to be slow to take offense. Teach your child to stay cool and calm by counting to ten or trying self-talk.
- Make sure your child knows what other children expect. Respectful behaviors we have all learned include taking turns or apologizing when you accidentally hurt someone.
- Help your child see other points of view. Children who bully often have difficulty interpreting facial expressions or tone of voice. They forget to consider other children's feelings. Explore with your child how we might feel "In someone else's shoes."
www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org kid-friendly website!
www.teensagainstbullying.org created by teens for teens, this site can be accessed on the pacerkids site
- New York State Education Department's "Dignity for All Students Act" brochure (updated to include July 2013 amendments)
- Dignity Act Website: www.p12.nysed.gov/dignityact/
- Advocates for Youth - Resources for sex education advice for parents and educators of children of all ages Resources for youth who are LGBTQ, African American, Latin American, general population related to sex education, reproductive health, and contraception and advocacy education. Click on bulleted items (they are not in bold) to open a page of information about each bullet. English and Spanish www.advocatesforyouth.org
GLBTQI (Gay, Lesbian, BiSexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex)
- "PFLAG" is Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. We are a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies. Also includes scholarship information, cyberbullying and sex education resources. www.pflag.org
- The Trevor Project - Resources for GLBTQ youth and educators. Website states it is the “Leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. www.trevorproject.org
- Embrace Civility - http://www.embracecivility.org/