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The New Anti-Bullying Law. Procedures and Policy Requirements. Climate Change. The District is required to attempt to change the climate as per the newly-enacted law A main goal is the prevention of HIB, and the new law’s procedures and policy requirements should assist with that goal.

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the new anti bullying law

The New Anti-Bullying Law

Procedures and Policy Requirements

climate change
Climate Change
  • The District is required to attempt to change the climate as per the newly-enacted law
  • A main goal is the prevention of HIB, and the new law’s procedures and policy requirements should assist with that goal
what is bullying
What is Bullying?

Bullying includes a wide variety of behaviors, but all involve a person or a group repeatedly and intentionally trying to harm someone weaker or more vulnerable. It

can involve direct attacks such as hitting, threatening, or intimidating, maliciously teasing and taunting, name calling, making sexual remarks, and stealing or damaging property, or more subtle, indirect attacks such as spreading rumors or encouraging others to reject or exclude someone.

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What is Bullying?

Bullying also includes threatening, or intimidating, maliciously teasing and taunting, name calling or

making sexual remarks delivered through

electronic communication

Electronic communication means a communication

transmitted by means of an electronic device,

including, but not limited to, a telephone,

cellular phone, computer, or pager.

This includes e-mail, text messages, Facebook, Twitter,

Tumblr, other social networking sites and the like.

what is bullying2
What is Bullying?
  • Can be a single incident or a series of incidents
  • Can take place on school property, at any school-sponsored event, on a school bus OR off school grounds as provided by N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15.3
  • Any incident that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students
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What is Bullying?

An incident is considered bullying if it meets one

of the following additional criteria:

If the actions are such that a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will either:

  • Has the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student OR damaging the student's property
  • Placing the student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm
  • Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students
  • Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student's education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student
policy requirements
Policy Requirements

School districts must all have

Anti-HIB policies

Policies must meet the following standards

The school district shall adopt the policy

through a process that includes representation of

parents or guardians, school employees,

volunteers, students, administrators, and

community representatives

(School Safety Team)

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Policy Requirements
  • Mandatory Policy Language
  • A statement prohibiting HIB of a student
  • A description of the type of behavior expected from each student
  • A definition of HIB that is no less inclusive that is set forth in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14
  • Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who commits an act of HIB
policy requirements2
Policy Requirements
  • A procedure for reporting an act of HIB, including a provision that permits anonymous reports

Formal disciplinary action solely on the basis of an anonymous report is not permitted

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Policy Requirements
  • A statement that prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of HIB and the consequence and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation
  • Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have falsely accused another as a means of retaliation or as a means of HIB
  • A link to the policy be prominently posted on the home page of the school district's website and distributed annually to parents and guardians who have children enrolled in a school in the school district
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Policy Requirements
  • A requirement that the name, school phone number, school address and school e-mail address of the District Anti-Bullying Coordinator be listed on the home page of the school district’s website and on the home page of each school’s website the name, school phone number, school address and school e-mail address of the School Anti-Bullying Specialist
  • Districts must annually review the policy and transmit it to the Commissioner of Education annually
reporting process
Reporting Process
  • All acts of HIB shall be reported verbally to the principal on the same day
  • Principal informs the parents or guardians of all students involved
  • All acts of HIB shall be reported in writing to the school principal within two school days
reporting process1
Reporting Process
  • Form A --- Handout
reporting timeline
Reporting Timeline
  • Principal starts the investigation, conducted by the School Bullying Specialist, within one day of the written report
  • The School Bullying Specialist conducts the investigation as soon as possible but no later than ten days from the date of the written report (Report can be amended if relative information is anticipated but not yet received by the end of the ten days)
reporting process2
Reporting Process
  • Insert Form B --- See Handout
reporting process3
Reporting Process
  • Form B1 --- See Handout
reporting process4
Reporting Process
  • Form B2 --- See Handout
reporting process5
Reporting Process
  • Form B3 --- See Handout
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Reporting Process

Results of the investigation are reported to the Superintendent within two school days of the completion of the investigation

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Reporting Process
  • Form C --- See Handout
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Reporting Process

Results of the investigation are reported to the BOE no later than the date of the next Board meeting following completion of the investigation

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Reporting Process
  • Form D --- See Handout
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Reporting Process

Parents or guardians of the students of all

parties involved are entitled to receive

information about the investigation

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Reporting Process
  • Form letter #3 --- See Handout
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Reporting Process
  • Form letter #4 --- See Handout
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Reporting Process

Parents or guardians may request a hearing

before the BOE, which shall be held within

ten days of the request (in Executive Session

to protect the privacy of those involved)

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Reporting Process

The BOE shall issue a decision in writing,

at the next BOE meeting following

the receipt of the report

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Reporting Process

Parents, guardians or organizations may

file a complaint with the Division of Civil

Rights within 180 days of the occurrence

of any incident

school anti bullying specialist
School Anti-Bullying Specialist
  • Appointed by the Principal in each school.
  • Responsible for chairing the School Safety Team
  • Responsible for leading the investigation of incidents of HIB in the school
  • Acts as the primary school official responsible for preventing, identifying, and addressing incidents of HIB in the school
district anti bullying specialist
District Anti-Bullying Specialist
  • Appointed by the Superintendent
  • Coordinates and strengthens the school district's policies to

prevent, identify, and address HIB of students;

  • Collaborateswith School Anti-Bullying Specialists in the district,

the board of education, and the Superintendent of Schools to

prevent, identify, and respond to HIB of students

  • Provides data, in collaboration with the superintendent of schools, to the Department of Education regarding HIB of students
  • Executes such other duties related to school HIB as requested by

the Superintendent of Schools.

  • Meets at least twice a school year with the school anti-bullying

specialists in the district to discuss and strengthen procedures and

policies to prevent, identify, and address HIB in the district

school safety team
School Safety Team
  • The law requires that each school have a School Safety Team to develop, foster, and maintain a positive school climate by focusing on the on going, systemic process and practices in the school and to address school climate issues such as HIB
  • Shall meet at least two times per school year
  • Shall consist of the Principalor his/her designee who, if possible, shall be a senior administrator in the school and the following individuals:
    • A teacher in the school
    • A school Anti-Bullying Specialist
    • A parent of a student in the school and
    • Other members to be determined by the Principal
  • The School Anti-Bullying Specialist shall serve as the chair of the School Safety Team
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Be alert for any inappropriate behavior
  • Verbally report any bullying incident to the Principal the same day
  • Fill out written report within two school days and give to the Principal
  • Use common sense – not everything is considered bullying