HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION & BULLYING
The state of New Jersey revised the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights in 2011 to improve harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) laws that were adopted in 2002 (and subsequently amended in 2007 & 2008). These new regulations establish clearer standards for the definition of harassment, intimidation and bullying while clarifying and strengthening standards for preventing, reporting, investigating and responding to incidents of HIB.
The Berkeley Heights Public Schools follows procedures to prevent, report, investigate and respond to harassment, intimidation and bullying that are aligned to state laws and district policies. The district’s Anti-Bullying Coordinator will coordinate district-wide efforts, work closely with school Anti-Bullying Specialists, provide staff training and send data to the NJDOE in collaboration with the district administration. Each school has been assigned an Anti-Bullying Specialist who will lead investigations into reports of harassment, intimidation and bullying, in coordination with the building Principal. The specialist will also chair the School Safety Team, whose purpose is to develop, foster and maintain a positive school climate.
Throughout the year, as students may be involved in possible incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying, the Anti-Bullying Specialists will conduct investigations: talking to students, observing classrooms and working with school staff to determine the nature of such incidents. If your child has been involved in an investigation, you will receive an initial phone call and a follow-up letter notifying you of the results of the investigation once it has been completed.