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HIB Information and Student Codes of Conduct

LEGAL DEFINITION OF HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION OR BULLYING


Definition from NJSA: 18A:37-14: "Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either 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 by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds as provided for in section 16 of P.L.2010, c.122 (C.18A:37-15.3), that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students and that:

a. a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property;
b. has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or
c. creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student's education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.
L.2002, c.83, s.2; amended 2007, c.129, s.1; 2010, c.122, s.11.
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IN ORDER TO HAVE HIB WE MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING:
 
1.      MOTIVATION: Reasonably perceived as being motivated …by any…distinguishing characteristic AND

2.      NEXUS: Substantially disrupted or interfered with orderly operation of school or rights of other students AND

3.      HARM: One or more of the following:
a.      EXPECTATION OF HARM: Offender knew action would physically or emotionally harm victim or damage victim’s property OR

b.      EXPECTATION OF HARM: Victim feared physical or emotional harm or damage to personal property OR

c.      ACTUAL HARM: Insulted or demeaned student or group OR

d.      ACTUAL HARM: Created hostile educational environment by doing one or both of the following:
                             i.      Interfering with student’s education OR
                            ii.      Severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm

Updated 3.20.14
RPS Anti-Bullying Specialist Contact Information 2016-17
+ Anti-Bullying District Coordinator, Stacie Poelstra
+ Benjamin Franklin Middle School (Grade 6), David Tashian
+ Benjamin Franklin Middle School (Grade 7), Lara Sheer
+ Benjamin Franklin Middle School (Grade 8), Meredith Wearley
+ George Washington Middle School (Godwin House), Michael Mullin
+ George Washington Middle School (Monroe House), David Pfeiffer
+ Glen School (Infant/Toddler Development Center), Lisa Kontos
+ Glen School (Ridgewood Early Development Program), Karen Price
+ Hawes Elementary School, Jane Gerald
+ Orchard Elementary School, Stephanie McAloon
+ Ridge Elementary School, Stephanie Mcaloon
+ Ridgewood High School, Meredith Yannone
+ Ridgewood High School, David Bailey
+ Ridgewood High School, Margaret Schaefer
+ Ridgewood High School, Elizabeth O’Brien
+ Somerville Elementary School, Jane Gerald
+ Travell Elementary School, Susan Fink
+ Willard Elementary School, Susan Fink
Click on name to see details.
RPS Self-Assessment Report December 2015
NJDOE School Self-Assessment Information for Ridgewood
Click here to view the official Ridgewood District and School Grade Report, a self-assessment required under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, published by the New Jersey Department of Education in December 2015.
Board Policy on Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
 P5512.pdf
Policy 5512: Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying was approved by the Ridgewood Board of Education on July 18, 2011 and revised and reapproved on September 26, 2011, October 21, 2013 and November 2, 2015.
Student Codes of Conduct

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