• To report suspected harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying (HIB), please click the link provided: HIBster

    If I think my child is being bullied, what do I do?

    If you think your child is being bullied, it is very important to bring it to the school’s attention.  You can call the anti-bullying specialist (ABS) directly (Ms.Hollywood) or contact your child’s school counselor or case manager.  If you are unsure if it is bullying, school personnel can help you understand the HIB law to make an informed decision about next steps.  The definition of HIB per NJ law is also provided below.

    Once I tell the school my child is being bullied, what happens?

    The anti-bullying specialist will initiate an investigation.  Parents of the involved students will be notified of the investigation by administration.  The ABS will interview the alleged victim, alleged offender, and any witnesses.  The investigation will be completed within 10 school days, per NJ law.  At this time, the findings are sent to Central Office to be reviewed at the next scheduled BOE meeting.  Once this happens, a letter will be sent home with the findings.

    If it is found that my child is being bullied, what happens to the offender?

    School employees will not be able to inform you what actions (ie. discipline or remedial measures) have occurred due to FERPA laws; however, administration and other school personnel will take necessary measures to remedy the situation.

    What is bullying as defined by New Jersey Law?

    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
     
    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.
     
    In order for an incident to be considered HIB, it must meet the above criteria. If not, the incident falls
    under the code of conduct and will be addressed accordingly. Please see the district and school's websites for
    more information on Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying, including the HIB reporting form.