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Bullying Policy

POLICY DRAFT

Please find below a DRAFT version of the Board of Education policy to be titled:

Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying on School Property, at School-sponsored Functions and on School Busses.

This proposed policy was initially presented by the Board of Education on June 30, 2003.   The second presentation of the proposed policy will be at the Board of Education meeting on August 12, 2003.

The proposed policy was developed by the SBS Harassment and Bullying Committee, comprised of administrators, teachers, parents, and the Shrewsbury Borough Police Department.   The committee conducted extensive research and developed the   draft policy in accordance with New Jersey Legislation (N.J.S.A. 18A:37-13 et seq.) enacted on September 6, 2002.

The draft policy may be downloaded from this site, or it is available in both the Main Office or the Business Office.

Any questions on the proposed policy should be directed to committee members:   Mrs. Barbara Forsyth, Assistant Superintendent or Mrs. Margaret Minehardt, Chairperson.

Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying on School Property, at School-Sponsored Functions and on School Busses

Statutory Requirement # 1
The policy shall contain a statement prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying of a student. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(1)
1.) The Shrewsbury Borough School Board of Education believes that a safe and civil
 
environment is the right of all students, school employees, visitors and volunteers.
 
The Board believes that in order to achieve expected academic standards, it is
 
necessary to provide a school environment that is free of harassment, intimidation,
 
bullying or like disruptive or violent behaviors, all of which will not be tolerated. The
 
Board believes that such behaviors disrupt both a studentís ability to learn and a schoolís
 
ability to educate students in a safe environment. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (1)
 
 
Statutory Requirement # 2
The policy shall contain a definition of harassment, intimidation or bullying no less inclusive than:
 
"Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any gesture or 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 takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function or on a school bus and that:
 
    1.  
      a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of harming a student or damaging the studentís property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his person or damage to his property; or
    2.  
      has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(2)
 
2.) Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any gesture or written, verbal or physical
 
act that is reasonably perceived as being motivated 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 handicap, or
 
by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any
 
school sponsored function or on a school bus and that:
 
a) A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect
 
of harming a student or damaging the studentsí property or placing a student in
 
reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property.
 
b) Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such  

a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the

orderly operation of the school. N.J.S.A. 18A: 37-15 (3)(b)(2)

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Statutory Requirement #3
The policy shall include a description of the type of behavior expected from each student. N.J.S.A. 18A: 37-15 (3)(b)(3)
 
 
3.) The Shrewsbury Board of Education expects that students will conduct themselves
 
in keeping with the STANDARDS OF CONDUCT set by the Board and printed and
 
distributed each year to each family. N.J.S.A 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(3)
 
 
Statutory Requirement #4
The policy shall include the consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a person who commits an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(4)
 
4.) In determining the consequences for students who commit an act(s) of
 
harassment, intimidation or bullying the following should be considered before
 
appropriate action is taken: The developmental and maturity levels of the parties
 
involved, the levels of harm, the surrounding circumstances, the nature of the
 
behaviors, past incidences or past or continuing patterns of behavior, the
 
relationships between the parties involved and the context in which the alleged
 
incidences occurred. Concluding whether a particular action or incident constitutes
 
a violation of this policy requires a determination based on all of the facts and
 
surrounding circumstances. It is only after meaningful consideration of these factors
 
that an appropriate consequence should be determined, consistent with the case law,
 
Federal and State statutes, regulations and policies and district policies and procedures.
 
Consequences and appropriate remedial action for students who commit acts of
 
harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions up
 
to and including suspension or expulsion. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(4)
 
 
Statutory Requirement #5
The policy shall include a procedure for reporting an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying, including a provision that permits a person to report an act of harassment intimidation or bullying anonymously; however, this shall not be construed to permit formal disciplinary action solely on the basis of an anonymous report. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(5)
 
5.) Violations of this policy should be reported to the Superintendent, or his/her
 
designee, and the Compliance Coordinator. All reports will be investigated promptly
 
including anonymous reports. However, although all reports are acceptable and
 
considered official, disciplinary action will not necessarily be taken solely on anonymous
 
reports. Individuals are encouraged to put their complaint in writing using the district
 
form. Students reporting incidences of harassment, intimidation or bullying should report
 
to any adult in charge at the time of the incidence, or any staff member at any time.
 
Students will be informed yearly how to report an incident(s) and the procedures will
 
also appear in the Student Handbook. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(5)
 
 
Statutory Requirement #6
The policy shall include a procedure for prompt investigation of reports of violations and complaints, identifying either the principal or the principalís designee as the person responsible for the investigation. . N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(6)
 
6.) The Superintendent, and/or his/her designee, and the Compliance
 
Coordinator are responsible for determining whether an alleged act constitutes a
 
violation of this policy. In so doing, the Superintendent, and/or his/her designee, and the
 
Compliance Coordinator shall conduct a prompt, thorough, and complete investigation
 
of the alleged incident. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(6)
 
 
Statutory Requirement #7
The policy shall contain the range of ways in which a school will respond once an incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying is identified. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15
(3)(b)(7)
 
 
7.) Some acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may be isolated incidents
 
requiring that the school respond appropriately to the individual(s) committing the
 
act(s). Other acts may be so serious or parts of a larger pattern of harassment,
 
intimidation or bullying that they require a response either at the classroom, school
 
building, or school district levels or by law enforcement officials. Consequences and
 
appropriate remedial actions for students who commit an act of harassment, intimidation
 
or bullying range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension
 
or expulsion, as permitted under N.J.S.A. 18A:37-1 (Discipline of Pupils). In considering
 
whether a response beyond the individual level is appropriate, the administrator(s) should
 
consider the nature and circumstances of the act, the level of harassment, intimidation or
 
bullying range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or
 
expulsion, as permitted under N.J.S.A. 18A:37-1 (Discipline of Pupils). In considering
 
whether a response beyond the individual level is appropriate, the Superintendent, or
 
his/her designee, and the Compliance Coordinator, should consider the nature and
 
circumstances of the act, the level of harm, the nature of the behavior, past incidences, or
 
past or continuing patterns of behavior and the context in which the alleged incident(s)
 
occurred. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(7)
 
 
Statutory Requirement #8
The policy shall contain a statement that prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying and the consequence and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15(3)(b)(8)
 
 
8.) The school district prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an
 
act of harassment, intimidation or bullying. The consequence and appropriate remedial
 
action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation shall be determined by the
 
Superintendent, and/or his/her designee, and the Compliance Coordinator
 
after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act, in accordance with case
 
law, federal and state statutes and regulations and district policies and procedures.
 
N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(8)
 
 
Statutory Requirement #9
The policy shall contain the consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have falsely accused another as a means of harassment, intimidation or bullying. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(9)
 
 
9.) Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a student found to have falsely
 
accused another as a means of retaliation or as a means of harassment, intimidation or
 
bullying range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or
 
expulsion, as permitted under N.J.S.A. 18A:37-1 (Discipline of Pupils). Consequences
 
and remedial action for a school employee found to have falsely accused another as a
 
means of harassment, intimidation or bullying shall be disciplined in accordance with
 
district policies, procedures and agreements. Consequences and appropriate remedial
 
action for a visitor or volunteer, found to have falsely accused another as a means of
 
harassment, intimidation or bullying shall be determined by the Superintendent, and/or
 
his/her designee, and the Compliance Coordinator after consideration of the
 
nature and circumstances of the act, including reports to appropriate law enforcement
 
officials. N.J.S.A. 18A : 37-15 (3)(b)(9)
 
 
Statutory Requirement #10
The policy shall contain a statement of how the policy is to be publicized, including notice that the policy applies to participation in school-sponsored functions. N.J.S.A. 18A: 37-15 (3)(b)(10)
 
 
10.) The harassment, intimidation and bullying policy shall be disseminated annually
 
to all school staff, students and parents, along with a statement explaining that it applies
 
to all acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying that occur on school property, at
 
school-sponsored functions or on a school bus. The Superintendent, and/or his/her
 
designee, and the Compliance Coordinator shall develop an annual process for discussing
 
the school district policy on harassment, intimidation and bullying with students.
 
N.J.S.A. 18A: 37-15 (3)(b)(10 )
 
 
Statutory Provisions #11
 
11.) Pursuant to N.J.S.A.:37-17 (5)(c), information regarding the districtís policy against
 
harassment, intimidation and bullying shall be incorporated into the schoolís employee
 
training program. Pursuant to N.J.S.A.:37-17(5)(a), the district is encouraged to establish
 
bullying prevention programs, and other initiative involving school staff, students,
 
administrators, volunteers, parents, law enforcement and community members. Pursuant
 
to N.J. S.A.: 37-17 (5)(b), the school district is encouraged to, and if funds are
 
appropriated for these purposes are required to:
 
a.) Provide training on the school districtís harassment, intimidation and
 
bullying policies to school employees and volunteers who have significant
 
contact with students; and

           b.) Develop a process for discussing the school districtís harassment, intimidation

           and bullying policies with students. N.J.S.A. 18A: 37-17