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Dignity for All Students Act


Kerri Canzone-Ball, Ed.D.

Director of Pupil Personnel Services

75 Watervliet Ave.

Albany, NY 12206

Phone: 475-6130



The purpose of the City School District of Albany Dignity for All Students team is to ensure that all students, regardless of gender, national origin, ethnicity, religions, mental or physical abilities, gender identity, weight, height, ethnic group, religious practices, and sexual orientation, are provided an environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and fear, in order to come to school safely and without impediment to learning from these courses.


All students have a right to be in a school environment where they are treated with respect and dignity. And they are protected by a state law that prohibits discrimination and harassment by other students or adults -- either on school property or at a school event.


The law is called the Dignity for All Students Act. It prohibits harassment and discrimination of a student based on his or her:

  • Race (actual or perceived)

  • Color

  • Weight

  • National origin

  • Ethnic group

  • Religion or religious practice

  • Disability

  • Sexual orientation

  • Gender identification

  • Sex

The City School District of Albany takes very seriously complaints harassment and discrimination. Our Code of Conduct outlines expected behaviors and the consequences for bullying, harassment and various forms of discrimination outlined in the Dignity for All Students Act. Click on the highlighted text to learn more about the policy and how it works.


In short, the district will swiftly and thoroughly investigate reports of harassment and discrimination. When harassment and discrimination occur, the district will take steps to eliminate the harassment or discrimination and prevent it from happening again.


Who to tell if it happens

The law requires that every school have a Dignity Act coordinator who is trained to respond to reports of harassment or discrimination. If you are student who is a victim of  discrimination or harassment or the parent/guardian of a victim, or if you have witnessed discrimination and harassment, please download and complete this form and contact the appropriate people listed below.



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Abrookin Career and Technical Education Center 475-6400

Lisa Ostermann
Albany High School 475-6200

Julie Barber
Albany School of Humanities (ASH) 475-6575

Melissa Keen or Trish Petersen

Alternative Learning Center


Sophia Newell or Teresa Adalian

Arbor Hill Elementary School 475-6625

Jerome Perkins
Delaware Community School 475-6750

Steve Moguel
Eagle Point Elementary School 475-6825

Kendra Chaires
Giffen Memorial Elementary School 475-6650

Derek Johnson or Jasmine Brown
Hackett Middle School 475-6475

Stephon Frost
Montessori Magnet School 475-6675

Sue Hodom
Myers Middle School 475-6425

Timitra Rose
New Scotland Elementary School 475-6775

David Amodeo
North Albany Academy 475-6800

Susan Goetz 
Pine Hills Elementary School 475-6725

John Scott
Schuyler Achievement Academy 475-6700

Tonya Venable
Sheridan Preparatory Academy 475-6850

Michael Barber
Thomas O'Brien Academy
of Science and Technology (TOAST)

Tina Cascone

West Hill Middle School


Kandie Antonetti


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