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POLICY- MANALAPAN-ENGLISHTOWN BOARD OF EDUCATION

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PUPILS

5512.01

HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING (M)

5512.01 HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING (M)

The Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying. 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 environment; and 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.

Definition

"Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any gesture, written, verbal or

physical act that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function or on a

school bus and that:

1. Is motivated 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 disability; or

2. By any other distinguishing characteristic; and

3. A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s)

will have the effect of harming a pupil or damaging the pupil's property, or

placing a pupil in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or damage to

hislher property; or

4. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any pupil or group of pupils in

such a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference

with, the orderly operation of the school.

Acts of harassment, intimidation or bUllying may also be a pupil exercising power

and control over another pupil, in either isolated incidents (e.g., intimidation, harassment)

or patterns of harassing or intimidating behavior (e.g., bullying).

Expected Behavior

The Board expects pupils to conduct themselves in keeping with their levels of

development, maturity and demonstrated capabilities with proper regard for the rights and

welfare of other pupils and school staff, the educational purpose underlying all school

activities, and the care of school facilities and equipment.

The Board believes that standards for pupil behavior must be set cooperatively

through interaction among the pupils, parent( s) or legal guardian( s), staff and community

members, producing an atmosphere that encourages pupils to grow in self-discipline.

The development of this atmosphere requires respect for self and others, as well as for

school district and community property on the part of pupils, staff and community

members.

The Board believes the best discipline is self-imposed, and it is the responsibility

of school district staff to use disciplinary situations as opportunities to help pupils learn to

assume and accept responsibility for their behavior and the consequences of their

behavior. Staff members who interact with pupils shall apply the best practices designed

to prevent discipline problems and encourage pupils' abilities to grow in self-discipline.

General guidelines for pupil conduct will be developed by the Superintendent, in

conjunction with school staff, and approved by the Board. These guidelines will be

developed based on accepted core ethical values from broad community involvement

with input from parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and other community representatives,

school employees, volunteers, pupils and administrators. These guidelines for pupil

conduct will be suited to the age level of the pupils and the mission and physical facilities

of the individual school(s) in the district. This Policy requires all pupils in the district to

adhere to these niles and guidelines and to submit to such disciplinary measures as are

appropriately assigned for infraction of these niles and guidelines.

The district prohibits active and passive support for harassment, intimidation or

bUllying. Pupils are encouraged to support other pupils who walk away from these acts

when they see them, constnlctively attempt to stop them, and report these acts to the

Building Principal or his/her designee.

Pupils are required to conform to reasonable standards of socially acceptable

behavior; respect the person, property and rights of others; obey constituted authority;

and respond to school district teaching, support and administrative staff. Each school

Principal will develop and provide a school-based program for appropriate recognition

for positive reinforcement for good conduct, self-discipline, good citizenship and

academic success.

The Superintendent will provide annually to pupils and their parent(s) or legal

guardian(s) the rules of the district regarding pupil conduct, pupil's due process and other

rights. This Policy will appear in all publications of the school district's comprehensive

rules, procedures and standards of conduct for school(s) within the district, including

pupil handbooks. Provisions will be made for informing parent(s) or legal guardian(s)

whose primary language is other than English.

Consequences and Appropriate Remedial Actions

The following factors will be considered in determining the appropriate response

to pupils who commit one or more acts of harassment, intimidation or bUllying:

1. The developmental and maturity levels ofthe parties involved;

2. The levels of harm;

3. The surrounding circumstances;

4. The nature of the behavior(s);

5. Past incidences or continuing patterns of behavior;

6. The relationships between the parties involved; and

7. The context in which the alleged incidents 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.

An appropriate consequence will be determined after meaningful consideration of

these factors. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for pupils who commit acts

of harassment, intimidation or bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions

up to and including suspension or expUlsion. The appropriate consequence will be

consistent with case law, Federal and State statutes, and district/school policies and

regulations.

Reporting Procedure

Complaints alleging violations of this Policy shall be reported to the Principal or

hislher designee. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this

Policy to the Principal or hislher designee. All other members of the school community,

including pupils, parent(s) or legal guardian(s), volunteers and visitors are encouraged to

report any act that may be a violation of this Policy. While submission of an Incident

Report Form to the Principal or hislher designee is not required, the reporting party is

encouraged to use the Incident Report Form available from the Principal of each building

or available at the school district office. Oral reports will also be considered official

reports. Reports may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action may not be

based solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

Investigation

The Principal or hislher designee is responsible for determining whether an

alleged act constitutes a violation of this Policy. The Principal or hislher designee shall

conduct a prompt, thorough and complete investigation of the alleged incident. The

Principal or hislher designee will maintain a record of each investigation regarding

allegations of harassment, intimidation and bullying.

Response to an Incident of Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying

Some acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying may be isolated incidents

requiring the school to respond appropriately to the individual(s) committing the acts.

Other acts may be so serious or part of a larger pattern of harassment, intimidation or

bullying that require a response either at the classroom, school building or school district

level or by law enforcement officials.

Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for pupils 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 will consider the nature and circumstances of the act, the level of harm, the

nature of the behavior, past incidences, past or continuing patterns of behavior, and the

context in which the alleged incident(s) occurred. The school district's responses can

range from school and community surveys, to mailings, to focus groups, to adoption of

research-based bullying prevention program models, to training for certificated and noncertificated

staff. The district's responses may include participation of parente s) or legal

guardian( s) and other community members and organizations, to small or large group

presentations for fully addressing the actions and the school district's response to the

actions in the context of acceptable student behavior or the consequences of such actions

and involvement oflaw enforcement officers, including school resource officers.

Reprisal or Retaliation Prohibited

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 Principal or hislher designee 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.

Consequences for False Accusation

Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a pupil found to have falsely

accused another 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 appropriate 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 and procedures.

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 Principal or his/her designee, after consideration of the nature and

circumstances of the act, including reports to appropriate law enforcement officials.

Policy Publication

This Policy will be disseminated annually to all school staff, pupils, parent(s) or

legal guardian(s), along with a statement explaining that the Policy 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 shall develop a process for the Principal( s) to discuss the

school district's policy on harassment, intimidation and bullying with pupils on an annual

basis.

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Prevention Programs

Pursuant to NJ.S.A. 18A:37-17.c., information regarding the district's

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy shall be incorporated into a school's

employee training program.

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-17.a., the district will establish bullying prevention

programs, and other initiatives involving school staff, pupils, administrators, volunteers,

parent(s) or legal guardian(s), law enforcement and community members in developing

such programs and initiatives.

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. l8A:37-17.b., the district is encouraged to, and to the extent

funds are appropriated for these purposes, provide training on the school district's

harassment, intimidation and bullying policies to school employees and volunteers who

have significant contact with pupils and develop a process for discussing the school

district's harassment, intimidation and bullying policies with pupils.

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-19, the school district may apply to the

Commissioner of Education for additional costs due to the implementation of the

provisions ofNJ.S.A. 18A:37-13 through NJ.S.A. 18A:37-18.

The Superintendent will forward a copy of this Policy to the County

Superintendent of Schools by September 1, 2003.

N.J.S.A. 18A:37-13 through 18A:37-19

Revised: 10 June 2003