Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights

During the first three years of implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, our school district has made great strides in addressing and improving harassment, intimidation and bullying and the school climate and culture by providing training for our entire staff, advanced training for our anti-bullying specialists in each school, implementing programs for our students and staff which are designed to address harassment, intimidation and bullying in the daily school environment and by providing specific classroom lessons in an on-going manner.  Students at all grade levels are informed appropriately about the HIB policy and a general awareness of the policy is evident among students and staff.  Programs, initiatives and approaches are implemented and assessed and the elements of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights are met in accordance with the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.  The district is proud of our accomplishments with regards to the implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.
 
Open this link for the NJDOE Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bulling Bill of Rights District & School Grade Report:  2013-14 Self-Assessment
 
Questions can be directed to Mrs. Betty Jo Prince, District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
bprince@ewingboe.org; 609-538-9800 X7160. 
 
The Ewing Public Schools strives to maintain a positive and engaging learning environment for all students.  To maintain this environment, the district has implemented procedures supporting the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
January 5, 2011, Governor Christie signed into law the "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights."  The new law went into effect September 2011, amends the 2002 anti-bullying law, and provides several major changes including; new definition for "Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying," district staff functions, policy and procedures, training requirement, and reporting procedures.
 
DEFINITION OF HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION or BULLYING (HIB)
      Types of Behavior Includes:
            ANY gesture, or
            ANY written, verbal or physical act, or
            ANY electronic communication
            Can be a single incident or series of incidents
      Motivation for HIB Behavior:
            ANY actual OR PERCEIVED characteristic
            EXAMPLES:  race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation,
            gender identity or expression, mental/physical/sensory disability,
            or ANY OTHER DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC
 
LOCATION OF INCIDENT
      On school property
      At school-sponsored function
      On a school bus
      Off school grounds (including cyberspace)
 
ANTI-BULLYING MUST MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS in addition to causing substantial disruption or interference:
      Has effect of insulting or demeaning student or group of students, or
      Creates hostile educational environment for student by interfering with student's education, or
      Severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to student
 
DISTRICT CODE OF CONDUCT (Expectations for Pupil Conduct P5500)
The district maintains policies and regulations to govern student behavioral expectations and developmentally appropriate consequences which includes preventive and/or corrective action plans.  Details code of conduct expectations and consequences for each elementary, middle and high school student.
 
PARENT RESOURCE LINKS:
School, parent and student:  www.cyberbullying.us 
Educator, parent, and student: www.stopbullying.gov 
 
STATE WEBSITE: 
 
DISTRICT ANTI-BULLYING COORDINATOR
Betty Jo Prince
220 Ewingville Road, Ewing, NJ  08638 
609-538-9800 X 7161
 
SCHOOL ANTI-BULLYING SPECIALISTS: 609-538-9800
Ewing High School, 900 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, NJ  08618
     Christopher Heywood, X 2103 (Dean of Students) cheywood@ewingboe.org
Fisher Middle School, 1325 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ  08618
     Kevin Bonner, X 3104 (Dean of Students) kbonner@ewingboe.org
Antheil Elementary School, 339 Ewingville Road, Ewing, NJ  08638
     Matthew Catinella, X 4111 (Guidance Counselor) mcatinella@ewingboe.org
Lore Elementary School, 13 Westwood Drive, Ewing, NJ  08628
     Elijah Pereira, X 6106 (Dean of Students) epereira@ewingboe.org
Parkway Elementary School, 446 Parkway Avenue, Ewing, NJ  08618
     Joseph Callea, X 5105 (Dean of Students) jcallea@ewingboe.org
 
ANTI-BULLYING SCHOOL SAFETY TEAMS
 
DISTRICT REGULATION AND POLICY LINKS
 
DIRECTIONS TO REPORT AN ANTI-BULLYING INCIDENT
   1. Please complete the Report Form for HIB-Interactive    
   2. Submit form to your child's building principal
   3. Review the HIB Anti-Bullying Checklist (timeline)