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Hib september 1


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Hib september 1

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  3. 3. <ul><li>All participants will develop an understanding of the new HIB law and LTPS regulations.
  4. 4. This understanding will allow all staff to facilitate a safe learning environment for all students.</li></ul> Bully Bingo<br />With a partner discuss the topics-words-statements that are on your bully bingo cards. Jot a few notes down in the box.<br />
  5. 5. January 5, 2011Governor Christie signed into law the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” <br />New law goes into effect September 1, 2011<br />Amends the 2002 anti-bullying law<br />New Law<br />
  6. 6. What has changed?<br /><ul><li>New definition of bullying
  7. 7. Clarifies responsibility for conduct away from school grounds
  8. 8. Creates School Safety Teams
  9. 9. Requires Anti-Bullying Specialist in every school
  10. 10. Requires Anti-Bullying Coordinator for district
  11. 11. New investigation, reporting, discipline, appeal procedures</li></ul>KEY ISSUES IN NEW LAW<br />
  12. 12. New state reporting requirements on incidents of bullying<br />New grading procedure for schools and districts<br />New training requirements<br />Clarifies instances where school employee may be subject to disciplinary action<br />KEY ISSUES IN NEW LAW(cont’d)<br />
  13. 13. “Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying” <br />(“HIB”)<br />TYPES OF BEHAVIORS:<br />IncludesANY gesture, or<br />ANY written, verbal or physical act, or<br />ANY electronic communication<br />Can be a single incident or series of incidents<br />Motivation for HIB Behavior:<br />ANY actual OR PERCEIVED characteristic<br />EXAMPLES: race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or mental/physical/sensory disability, or ANY OTHER DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC<br />Definition<br />
  14. 14. LOCATION OF INCIDENT:<br />On school property<br />At school-sponsored function<br />On a school bus<br />Off school grounds (including cyberspace)<br />MUST MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS in addition to causing substantial disruption or interference:<br />Has effect of insulting or demeaning student or group of students OR<br />Creates hostile educational environment for student by interfering with student’s education OR severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to student<br />Definition (cont’d)<br />
  15. 15. Duty goes beyond “portal to portal”<br />Legal duty existed since 1971 decision in R.R. v. Shore Regional<br />In NJ administrative code since 2005 (N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6)<br />Examples – student in fight at park over perceived sexual orientation, student fearful and distracted in school; cyberbullying created at home through peer’s Facebook page or Twitter account, and student ‘s grades begin to drop<br />CONDUCT AWAY FROM SCHOOL GROUNDS <br />
  16. 16. New position – every school – Patti Esser<br />Principal appoints<br />Guidance counselor, school psychologist or other “similarly trained” individual<br />If none of above available, appoint someone else from staff<br />DUTIES<br />Responsible to LEAD investigations<br />Primary official responsible for preventing, identifying and addressing incidents<br />Chair the newly-created School Safety Team<br />Anti-Bullying Specialist (ABS)<br />
  17. 17. Chaired by Anti-Bullying Specialist<br />Includes principal or designee, teacher, parent, other members as determined by principal<br />DUTIES<br />Receive complaints reported to principal<br />Receive copies of investigation reports<br />Review and strengthen school policies<br />Identify and address patterns of bullying in school<br />Participate in training programs<br />Collaborate with districtAnti-Bullying Coordinator to collect and develop policies<br />PARENT EXCLUDED FROM HAVING INFO ON SPECIFIC INCIDENTS OR ROLE IN IDENTIFYING PATTERNS<br />SCHOOL SAFETY TEAMS<br />
  18. 18. Superintendent must appoint from existing staff – Dana Karas<br />DUTIES<br />Coordinate and strengthen policies<br />Collaborate with school anti-bullying specialists<br />Provide data to NJDOE<br />Meet at least 2 times per year with anti-bullying specialists<br />ANTI-BULLYING COORDINATOR<br />
  19. 19. DETAILED, SPECIFIC TIMELINES<br />Verbal report must be made to principal on same day incident occurs<br />Follow-up written report within 2 days of verbal report<br />Principal must initiate investigation within one school day of receiving report. Until clarified in regulations, assume must initiate within 1 day of VERBAL report<br />NEW INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE<br />
  20. 20. Investigation must be conducted by Anti-Bullying Specialist<br />Principal may appoint others to assist<br />Must complete as soon as possible, no later than 10 school days from date of the written report<br />Must give report to superintendent within 2 school days of completing investigation<br />May amend report if additional info later<br />Investigation Procedures<br />
  21. 21. Superintendent must decide actions to take:<br />Intervention services<br />Training programs<br />Impose discipline<br />Order counseling<br /><ul><li>Report to Board at next board meeting following completion of investigation</li></ul>Investigation Procedures<br />
  22. 22. DUE PROCESS RIGHTS FOR ALLEGED ACCUSED AND ALLEGED VICTIM(S)<br />Parents of all parties involved have right to receive information—includes parents of alleged victim and alleged bully<br />Must provide info within 5 school days after results of investigation reported to board<br />Parent may request hearing after receiving information, must be provided within 10 days of request<br />Board must issue a decision in writing at next board meeting following receipt of report<br />Parents of parties may appeal decision to Commissioner of Education within 90 days<br />Parents of alleged victim may separately file complaint with NJ Division on Civil Rights within 180 of alleged incident<br />Parents may also file in Superior Court or federal district court – if bullying is based on protected characteristic under state or federal law<br />
  23. 23. School Administrator who fails to initiate or conduct an investigation, OR<br />Who SHOULD HAVE KNOWN of an incident and fails to take action<br />Key issue – SHOULD HAVE KNOWN – need to create clear internal procedures, provide training<br />Range of possible discipline – memo, increment withholding, tenure charges<br />Board members may not engage in reprisals against witnesses or victims<br />Employee Discipline<br />
  24. 24. State Report Card will include bullying info<br />Two times each year, district must report to board on acts of violence, vandalism and bullying (Once Sept 1 – Jan.1/Once Jan. 1 – June 30)<br />Must report data to NJDOE<br />Type and number of incidents, with breakdown of reasons for bullying incidents (race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.)<br />State Reporting Requirements<br />
  25. 25. District report shall be used to grade each school and district<br />Grade based on efforts to implement required law and board policies<br />Commissioner will develop guidelines for grading<br />Grade must be posted on homepage of school’s website<br />Grading<br />
  26. 26. School districts must provide annual training for all staff (including volunteers) on code of conduct, including bullying (2 hours)<br />Must include in addition to the 2 hours of required suicide prevention<br />Must be part of required 12 hours of training that all school leaders must complete<br />Required for school leader and teacher prep by 2012<br />Training Required<br />
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  28. 28. BREAK<br />
  29. 29. Group Work<br />Group 1 Phoenix, Li<br />Group 2 Draco,Katz<br />Group 3 Orion,Baill<br />Group 4 Related Arts (HPE, Music, Art, Tech), Student Services, Security, Secretaries<br />
  30. 30. Week of Respect<br />The week beginning with the first Monday in October of each year is designated as a “Week of Respect” in the State of New Jersey <br />School districts must observe the week by providing age-appropriate instruction focusing on preventing HIB <br />Throughout the school year the school district must provide ongoing age-appropriate instruction on preventing HIB in accordance with the core curriculum content standards <br />Bullying Prevention Programs<br />