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The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights was passed in New Jersey on January 5, 2011. As a result each school district pursuant to section 3 of P.L. 2002, c.83 is mandated to include provisions for appropriate responses to harassment, intimidation or bullying (HIB). Each school is mandated to appoint a Safety Team led by a School Specialist and District Anti-bullying Coordinator. The designees and their roles are as follows:
· School Specialists -
Mrs. Beth O’Reilly, School Guidance Counselor (Grades 6-8)
Mrs. Adrienne Mahon (Grades K-5)
The School Specialists chair the Safety Team, lead the investigations of incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying in the school and acts as the primary school officials responsible for preventing, identifying and addressing incidents of HIB.
· School Coordinator - Lisa Kenny, School Psychologist
The Anti-Bullying Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and strengthening the school district’s policies to prevent, identify, and address HIB of students. She collaborates with the specialists in the district and Board of Education, and provides pertinent data to Mrs. Christine Carlson, Superintendent of schools and the State Department of Education. The District coordinator meets twice a year with the specialists (once in the fall and once in the spring) to discuss and strengthen procedures and policies to prevent, identify, and address harassment, intimidation, and bullying in the district.
The school district Safety Team will develop, foster, and maintain a positive school climate by focusing on the on-going, systemic process and practices in the school and address issues of HIB. The team will meet at least two times per school year.
The School Safety team receives complaints of bullying, receive copies of reports prepared after an investigation of a HIB incident, identify and address patterns of HIB, review and strengthen school climate, educate the school community in preventing HBI incidents, participate in appropriate training, and collaborate with the district anti-bullying coordinator.
Administration- Mrs. Christine Carlson, Principal/Superintendent will be responsible for the disciplinary actions for students in grades 6-8 and Mr. Colin Sabia, will be responsible for the discipline of students in grades K-5.