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  • Harrassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB)


     The East Brunswick School District Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a pupil.  A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for pupils to learn and achieve high academic standards.  Harassment, intimidation, or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a pupil’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its pupils in a safe and disciplined environment.  Since pupils learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers should be commended for demonstrating appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying.   

    On January 5, 2011 New Jersey P.L.2010, Chapter 122, known as the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights became law. This law includes new requirements for school districts, charter schools, the New Jersey Department of Education, other state agencies, professional associations and institutions of higher education. The New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, effective September 1, 2011, provides the following Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) definition:

    “Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristics, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristics, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students and that:
    A reasonable person should know, under the circumstance, that the act(s) will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property; or

     Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or groups of students in such a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with orderly operation of the school or creates a hostile education environment at school for the student or infringes on the rights of the student at school by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.”

    School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades

     Beginning with the September 2011-2012 school year, our district/schools have conscientiously implemented the requirements found in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act by providing training through the Olweus Program, designating Anti-bullying Specialists and Safety Teams in each building, and increasing our programming in each school to address positive behavior, school climate and anti-bullying behavior. During the first two years of implementation, our district/schools has made progress in addressing and improving HIB and school climates by providing direct instruction to students as to bullying, bystander, and up stander behavior. We have increased our programming and are addressing common areas of concern based on HIB data. While completing the Self-Assessment process, we have found that our district has demonstrated strength in the areas of programming, approaches and initiatives. The Self-Assessment helped our district/school to identify areas for improvement in further utilizing our Safety Teams to analyze data and produce recommendations to address patterns and support services for victims in HIB cases. If you have any questions, please contact the school anti-bullying specialist.

     

    District and Schools Grade Report

    Guidance for Schools on Implementing the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act  


    Related Links
    Policy 5512Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (M)
    Regulation 5512 Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying Investigation Procedure (M)

    District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
    Mr. Louis Figueroa, Assistant Superintendent, Student Activities and Services
    732-613-6750
    760 Route 18
    East Brunswick, NJ 08816
    lfigueroa@ebnet.org


    HARASSMENT/INTIMIDATION/BULLYING (HIB)
    PREVENTION PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

    Schools are encouraged to annually establish, implement, document, and assess bullying prevention program or approaches, and other initiatives involving school staff, students, administrators, volunteers, parents, law enforcement and community members. All of the high schools will faciltate these approaches and initiatives to create school-wide conditions to prevent and address HIB.
     

    Prevention Programs and Initiatives
    • Second Step Program (Grades 1-9)
    • PBSIS (Irwin, Hammarskjold, and Churchill Junior High)
    • Character Education (Grades K-12)
    •  “Week of Respect” Activities—the week beginning with the first Monday in October
    •  “Violence Prevention Week” Activities—the third week in October
    • Counseling Programs
    • Staff Professional Development
    • Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
      The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a whole-school program aimed at preventing or reducing bullying throughout a school setting. Backed by thirty-five years of research and successful, worldwide implementation, this is a long-term, system wide program for change and is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop.                                

       

      By adopting this program practices, schools can: 

      1. Reduce bullying and other antisocial behaviors by 50% or more
      2. Improve the social climate in schools
      3. Increase school attendance and positive peer interactions.

       

    Anti Bullying Specialists at each School:

     

     

    Ivy Schwam

     

    X6815

    732-613-6810

    Bowne-Munro School

    ISCHWAM@ebnet.org

     

    Sara Enis

     

    X6618

    732-613-6820

    Central School

    SENIS@ebnet.org

     

    Laurie Eitel

     

    X6638

     

    732-613-6830

    Chittick School

    LEITEL@ebnet.org

     

    Nancy Kaboski

     

    X6601

    732-613-6850

    Frost School

    NKABOSKI@ebnet.org

     

    Lorri Goldberg

     

    X6647

    732-613-6840

    Irwin School

    LGOLDBERG@ebnet.org

     

    Melissa Wall

     

     

     

    X6639

     

    732-613-6860                 
    Memorial  

    MWALL@ebnet.org

    Rachel Weitzenkorn

     

     X6876

    732-613-6870

    Lawrence Brook School

    RWEITZENKORN@ebnet.org

     

    Erin Carroll

     

    X6632

    732-613-6880

    Warnsdorfer School

    ECARROLL@ebnet.org

     

    Peggy Haas

     


     

     Tiffany Papp

     

    X6879

     


     

     X6619

    732-613-6890

    Hammarskjold Middle School

    MHAAS@ebnet.org


     732-613-6890

    Hammarskjold Middle School

    TPAPP@ebnet.org

     

    Melissa Barna

     

    X0920

    732-613-6800

    Churchill Junior High School

    MBARNA@ebnet.org

     

    Leigh Ann Young

     

    X0932

     

    732-613-6800

    Churchill Junior High School

    LYOUNG@ebnet.org

     

    Ileana Knable

     

    X6959

    732-613-6900

    East Brunswick High School

    IKNABLE@ebnet.org

     

    Tara McGrath

     

    x6717

    732-613-6900

    East Brunswick High School 

    TMCGRATH@ebnet.org


    Additional Resources:

    http://www.stopbullying.gov/ - U.S. Government Website managed by the Department of Health & Human Services

    http://www.ncpc.org/topics/bullying

    http://www.ncpc.org/topics/cyberbullying

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