The Alpine Public School has established policy and procedures to respond to the NJ Anti-Bullying legislation. The district has an Anti-Bullying Specialist and has access to a part time School Counselor. A School Safety Team have been established and teacher training is ongoing throughout the school year.
What should I do if my child is being bullied?
Consider if the problem is truly “bullying,” or if it is another form of unacceptable or mean behavior. The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act defines specific criteria to meet the legal definition of bullying, a behavior...
- Must be motivated by an “actual or perceived characteristic,” (for example, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or other distinguishing characteristic) and bullying “substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students.”AND
- A reasonable person should know this behavior would “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.”AND
- Bullying behavior “has the effect of insulting or demeaning a pupil or group of pupils,” and “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.”
If you are not sure whether or not a particular behavior is bullying, contact your school principal or Anti-Bullying Specialist to discuss your concern. Even if the behavior is not “bullying,” the situation should be discussed and the behavior addressed if it is a cause for concern.
What if the behavior is something I believe is covered by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act?
Acts of bullying, intimidation or harassment are reported using the school’s HIB Initial Report. A copy of this form can be found via a link below, or in the main office of the school, and should be returned to the school principal when complete. A report can be made anonymously; mail or return the form to the attention of the principal if you wish to report anonymously. Generally, it is suggested that you contact the school principal or Anti-Bullying Specialist to discuss the concern prior to completing the written report.
What will happen if I make a report?
Once a report is made, the school will take specific steps as outlined in school policy to investigate and resolve the issue. The school principal or Anti-Bullying Specialist will discuss this with you in more detail when a report is made.
What is being done by Alpine School to prevent my child and other children from being bullied?
The Board believes that standards for pupil behavior must be set cooperatively through interaction among the pupils, parents, school employees AND school administrators, 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 the school and community on the part of pupils, staff and community members.
Alpine School has a strong tradition of character education in our school, with policies and school procedures that place respect for self and others at the center of school activities.Social Skills classes are provided at all grade levels and character development activities are implemented within the Core Standards
What if I have other question about the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act?
For additional questions, , please review Board Policy 5512: Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, or contact the District Anti-Bullying Coordinator / Specialist : Sheryl Spencer 201-768-8255 x 1115 Spencer@alpineschool.org