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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Hillside Back to School Night Presentations
September 20, 2012
October 2005 – Student presentations by author Rachel Simmons (Odd Girl Out) on bullying.
“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 thatREVISED DEFINITION OF HIB
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
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
Initiated by the principal or designee within one school day of the verbal report
Results shall be reported to the superintendent within two days of completing the investigation
In considering whether a response beyond the individual is appropriate the administration shall consider 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 expulsionRESULTS OF INVENTIGATION
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
Warning signs that a child may be bullying at school
Here are some ways parents can discuss the issue of bullying with their child:
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:
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at:
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