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Cherokee Street Elementary School

Cherokee Dignity Task Force


DASA Coordinators: Mrs. Lahey & Mrs. Coogan


Mrs. Brennan- Chanowsky
Mr. Cavanagh
Ms. Conrad
Mrs. Douglas
Mrs. Faragasso
Mrs. Giove
Mrs. Kenna
Mrs. Lewis  
Mrs. Litchhult
Dr. Moreland
Mrs. Murthy
Mr. Nelson
Mr. Sewell
Miss. Skahill
Miss. William

Please check out:

This is an interactive website helping students to learn about bullying,

what they can do if they are a target or bystander and

how they can make a difference all while having fun on the computer!






What is Cherokee's Dignity Task Force:

Cherokee’s Dignity Task Force is a group of faculty members who have a passion about bullying and have joined together to help make Cherokee a safer place and a bully free zone. If your child is being bullied, witnesses bullying or is responsible for the bullying they can speak to any of our members to receive the proper help and assistance they may need. If a parent is informed about a bullying situation please contact one of our members so we can assist you and your family.


What is Cherokee’s Dignity Task Force doing to stop bullying?

A number of lessons, events and activities will be taking place throughout the year to promote anti-bullying behaviors, to inform students what to do if they are bullied or witness bullying and to promote a safer environment for your students. Please click below on our anti- bullying initiatives link for the events we will have throughout the year!

The task force will also be meeting with students involved in bullying situations to help mediate and resolve bullying situations. Incident reports will be filed, follow up meetings will take place to make sure incidents have stopped and parent letters and/or phone calls will be made to inform parents of situations that occur.



Cherokee supports the District’s commitment to provide a safe and constructive learning environment that honors the dignity and worth of every individual. 


It is the responsibility of the Connetquot Central School District to address bullying and harassment issues that occur.  District staff members are to create an orderly environment within the Connetquot Central School District through training, monitoring and intervening when bullying and harassment occur.

Bullying and harassment are forms of dangerous and disrespectful behavior that will not be permitted or tolerated.  Bullying and harassment may involve a range of misconduct which, based on the severity, will warrant a measured response of corrective action and/or discipline.  Behaviors that do not rise to the level of bullying and harassment, as defined below, still may be subject to intervention and/or discipline under another section of the discipline plan or a discipline policy.  A formal complaint may be made by completing CCSD Policy #0115-E.1 which can be found on the district website and should be submitted to the building principal.



Bullying means any overt act or combination of such acts directed against a student by another student or group of students and which:

  • is repeated over time;
  • is intended to ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the student;
  • occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity or before or after the school day on a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity.


Harassment means any gesture, written, verbal or physical act that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory handicap, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, that occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, or before or after the school day on a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity and which:

  • a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of harming a student or damaging the student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his person or damage to his property; or
  • has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such a way as to cause substantial disruption with a student’s education, or substantial interference with the orderly operation of the school.

Bullying and harassment can take various forms:

  • Physical (including, but not limited to, hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, taking or damaging personal belongings);
  • Verbal (including, but not limited to, taunting, malicious teasing, name calling, making threats);
  • Psychological (including, but not limited to, spreading rumors; manipulating social relationships, engaging in social exclusion, extortion or intimidation);
  • Internet or cyber-bullying (including, but not limited to, the use of instant messaging [IM], e-mail, web sites, chat rooms, and text messaging that is used to bully or harass another student or employee, and when such use interferes with the operation of the school, or infringes upon the general health, safety and well-being of district students or employees);
  • Hazing (including, but not limited to, various forms of bullying and harassment of students by other students in regard to pledging and/or a student's initiation into or affiliation with a school or student related organization or team).

It is important to note that a single negative act as enumerated above may also constitute bullying (if not more serious misconduct) based upon the particular circumstances such as the seriousness of the act and/or the intent of the alleged perpetrator.

Conduct that might otherwise be considered bullying and harassment but does not occur during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, or before or after the school day on a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity event may still be subject to disciplinary action.

Reporting of bullying and harassment


  • When bullying is found to have occurred, consequences will be imparted using the discipline rubric followed by the school.
  • The Connetquot Central School District requires school staff to notify the parent or guardian of a student who commits a verified act of bullying or harassment of the response of the school staff and consequences that may result in the event of further acts of bullying or harassment.
  • To the extent permitted under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, (FERPA), the Connetquot Central School District requires school staff to notify the parent or guardian of a student who is a target of bullying or harassment of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or harassment.

Using the bullying prevention policy as a guide, use this document to outline what steps you, as a parent, should take if your child is involved in bullying. 

Chain of Command

If you believe your child is involved in bullying, contact the following school personnel, in the order indicated, to discuss the situation:

  1. Staff member involved or main classroom teacher or advisor
  2. Assistant Principal
  3. Principal
  4. Assistant Superintendent
  5. Superintendent
  6. School Board

Discuss the Facts and Details

To find out the details of a particular situation, ask the following questions:

  • Specifically, what happened in this instance?
  • Where did/does the bullying take place?
  • At what time of day did/does the bullying take place?
  • What staff members were/are involved?
  • What students were/are involved?

If you think your child has been involved in more than one bullying episode, consider the following issues:

  • How does your child usually behave at school? 
  • Is the bullying issue a common behavior or a change in behavior?
  • Which staff members are, or should be, supervising when the bullying occurs?
  • Where does the bullying usually take place?
  • What time of day does the bullying usually take place?
  • Are there bystanders nearby?  How do they respond?

If your child is accused of, or has been confirmed of bullying, consider the following:

  • What was your child’s role?
  • What skills do you think your child needs to learn to replace bullying behavior with acceptable behavior?
  • What procedures do you think the staff needs to do differently to prevent the behavior from recurring?
  • What reasonable procedures do you think need to be put in place to help your child behave within the school guidelines?

If your child has been the target of bullying consider the following:

  • How does your child usually respond when being bullied? 
  • Are there skills he needs to learn to minimize being the target of bullying?
  • In your opinion, what changes in staff response should be implemented?
  • In your opinion, what reasonable procedures need to be put in place to keep your child safe?

This guide, along with your insights and suggestions, will help school personnel, parents and students work together to ensure all students are safe and to maintain a positive learning environment. If you are having an issue with bullying please contact Mrs. Coogan, Ms. Lightstone and Mrs. Murthy.  In addition to the policy, various programs are scheduled to further support the District's Anti-Bullying Initiative.  Please click on the link below entitled Anti-Bullying Initiative Events 2012-2013.


Cherokee St. Elementary School's YFS Coordinator is Mrs. Nicole Coogan.  She is a licensed social worker. If you have any further questions regarding any of the programs your child will participate in, you may contact the YFS Coordinator at Cherokee at 467-6027 ext. 3212.