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NEW JERSEY’S ANTI-BULLYING BILL OF RIGHTS ACT. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14 Hillside Back to School Night Presentations September 20, 2012. Effective September 1, 2011 , N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14, went into effect. Aim of legislation is to end bullying on & off school grounds

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new jersey s anti bullying bill of rights act

NEW JERSEY’S ANTI-BULLYING BILL OF RIGHTS ACT

N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14

Hillside Back to School Night Presentations

September 20, 2012

new jersey anti bullying bill of rights act

Effective September 1, 2011, N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14, went into effect.

  • Aim of legislation is to end bullying on & off school grounds
  • Major amendments to law originally passed in 2002:
    • New definition of harassment, intimidation, & bullying
    • New district roles and responsibilities
    • Districts must update their policies and procedures
    • Mandatory training for all District employees, volunteers, and related service providers
NEW JERSEY ANTI-BULLYING BILL OF RIGHTS ACT

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history of bullying prevention programs in allendale

October 2005 – Student presentations by author Rachel Simmons (Odd Girl Out) on bullying.

  • October 2006 - Staff presentation on bullying (The Bullies, The Victims, & The Bystanders) by members of the CST and Dr. Caprio
  • January 2007 – Anti Bullying presentation to PTO by Administrators & CST
  • October 2005-2011 Yearly classroom anti-bullying presentations by social workers/guidance counselors
  • February 2011 – Student and parent presentation by Mark DeBenedictis (Bergen Cty. Special Services) on cyber bullying
  • February 2012 – Student and Parent presentation by Det. Tom Rich on cyber bullying
  • Anti-Bullying Committee (2005-present) – Bi-monthly committee composed of administrators, teachers, social workers/guidance counselors, and parents to discuss ways of combating anti-bullying behavior and raise awareness of anti-bullying programs/services for students and parents.
HISTORY OF BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN ALLENDALE

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revised definition of hib

“Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, as defined in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that:

1. Is reasonably perceived as being motivated by either 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 disability; or

2. By any other distinguishing characteristic; and that

3. Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15.3, that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other pupils; and that

REVISED DEFINITION OF HIB

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revised definition of hib1

4.A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a pupil or damaging the pupil’s property, or placing a pupil in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property; or

5. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any pupil or group of pupils; or

6. Creates a hostile educational environment for the pupil by interfering with a pupil’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the pupil.

REVISED DEFINITION OF HIB

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roles of staff in hib
Anti-Bullying Coordinator

District Position

Anti-Bullying Specialists

School-Based Positions

  • Coordinate and strengthen district HIB policy to prevent identify, and address HIB
  • Collaborates with anti-bullying specialist, Board of Education and Superintendent
  • Provides Data to NJDOE
  • Chairs School Safety Team
  • Leads investigation of reported HIB incidents
  • Acts as primary school official responsible for prevention, identification, and addressing HIB
  • Assists Principal in defining range of responses
  • Provides input to local board on annual re-evaluation, reassessment, and review of policy
ROLES OF STAFF IN HIB

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our district hib staff
District Anti-Bullying Coordinator

School Anti-Bullying Specialists

  • Jo Ann Karamus –Ext. 1206

Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction

Hillside School:

  • Maria Ade –Ext. 2307

Brookside School:

  • Kristina Vassallo-Ext.1201
OUR DISTRICT HIB STAFF

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role of staff in hib

School Safety Team:

  • Aimed to develop, foster, maintain a positive school climate
  • Members include Principal, teacher, Anti-bullying Specialist, parent, and others to be determined by Principal
  • Receive reports of HIB complaints reported to Principal
  • Receive copies of HIB investigation reports
  • Identify and address patterns of HIB in school
  • Review and strengthen school climate and policies to prevent acts of HIB
  • Educate community to prevent and address HIB
  • Collaborate with Anti-Bullying Coordinator in data collection and review of policies to prevent acts of HIB
ROLE OF STAFF IN HIB

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reporting procedures for incidents of hib

All acts of HIB must be reported verbally to the principal on the same day when the school employee or contracted service provider witnessed or received reliable information regarding any such incident

  • Principal must inform parents of all students involved in the alleged incident
  • May discuss the availability of counseling and other intervention services
  • All acts of HIB also must be reported in writing to the principal within two school daysof when the school employee or contracted service provider witnessed or received reliable information
REPORTING PROCEDURES FOR INCIDENTS OF HIB

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investigation procedures

Initiated by the principal or designee within one school day of the verbal report

  • Conducted by the anti-bullying specialist in consultation with the principal
  • Principal may appoint additional personnel to assist with investigation
  • Investigation shall be completed as soon as possible, but not later than 10 days from date of written report
  • If additional, anticipated information relevant to the investigation is not received within 10 days, anti-bullying specialist may amend original report to reflect the information
INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

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investigation procedures1

Results shall be reported to the superintendent within two days of completing the investigation

  • Superintendent may decide to:
    • Uphold the findings of the investigation
    • Take additional action. Actions may include:
      • Provide intervention services
      • Establish training programs to reduce HIB and enhance school climate
      • Impose discipline
      • Order counseling
      • Take or recommend other appropriate action
  • Results reported to the Board of Education no later than the date of the next board meeting following the completion of the investigation, along with information on action taken or recommended by superintendent
INVESTIGATION PROCEDURES

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results of inventigation

In considering whether a response beyond the individual is appropriate the administration shall consider the following:

    • The nature and circumstances of the act,
    • the degree of harm, nature and severity of behavior
    • past incidences or patterns of behavior, and context in which the alleged incidents occurred.
  • Possible remedial actions and consequences include, but are not limited to the following:

Remedial Actions – Restitution, peer group support, Behavior Management Plan, parent conferences, student treatment/therapy

Consequences - Detention, in-school or out-of school suspension, in severe cases, can include police or legal action or expulsion

RESULTS OF INVENTIGATION

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training programs

Districts are responsible for training the following groups:

    • Administrators
    • Staff (All full, part-time employees and volunteers)
    • All new employees
    • BOE members
    • Students
    • Contracted service providers

On September 1, 2011, all Allendale staff completed two hours of HIB trainingas mandated by the new legislation.

Substitute teachers were trained in October 2011.

New staff for 2012-2013 were trained on August 28, 2012.

TRAINING PROGRAMS

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the parents role in preventing bullying
Possible signs/symptoms of a bullied child

Warning signs that a child may be bullying at school

  • Is your child afraid to go to school?
  • Does he/she come home from school with clothing or items damaged?
  • Is your child appear sad or depressed about going to school?
  • Does he/she come home from school with physical injuries, such as bruises, cuts, or scratches?
  • Do your child seem socially isolated with few, if any, friends?
  • Does the child have a strong need to dominate and subdue others?
  • Is the child intimidating his/her siblings or children in the neighborhood?
  • Is the child hot tempered, easily angered, or impulsive with a low frustration level?
  • Is the child self-defiant or aggressive toward adults including teachers or their own parents?
  • Is the child hanging out with “the wrong crowd?”
THE PARENTS’ ROLE IN PREVENTING BULLYING…

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the parents role in preventing bullying1

Here are some ways parents can discuss the issue of bullying with their child:

    • Take time each day to have a conversation with your child about their day-to-day activities.Remember, if a child is comfortable able talking about school, friends, and activities, they will feel comfortable talking about becoming a target of bullying.
    • Parents should lead by example with signs and expressions of kindness. Remember that children learn from watching and observing their parents.
    • Parents should encourage their child to stand-up to help those who are being bullied. Bystanders can be very effective in stopping bullying behavior.
    • Parents should learn the signs and symptoms of bullying and of a bully. Knowing this information help parents distinguish between normal conflict and bullying.
THE PARENTS’ ROLE IN PREVENTING BULLYING…

9/20/2012

next steps

As we move forward, the District will continue to provide information and training opportunities for staff, students, and parents.

Additional information will be on the homepage and individual school pages of our website:

www.allendaleschoolsnj.com

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at:

jkaramus@allendaleschoolsnj.com

Thank you for your interest and for attending tonight's’ presentation!

NEXT STEPS…

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