HIB: REPORTING, GRADES & RESOURCES

 
The board of education believes that a safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Since students learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers are required to demonstrate appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation or bullying. Harassment, intimidation or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate its students in a safe environment. Therefore, the school district will not tolerate acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying. 
 
HOW TO REPORT A SUSPECTED INCIDENT OF HIB
 
As per the NJ Department of Education, suspected incidents of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying should be reported by completing form 338 above.  Once completed it should be emailed to the building principal and the school anti-bullying specialist by using the dedicated links below.  The link will take you to a brief Google form which will ask you to upload the completed 338 reporting form. 
 
This Google form does not collect any information on the sender and can be used to anonymously report a HIB if that is your intention.
 
STEPS:
 
(1) Download and complete the "HIB 338 Reporting Form" located above. 
 
(If you do not see the form then click on the words "HIB 338 Reporting Form for Students & Families" to expand the box and see the pdf.  The 338 form is both at the top of the page and in the right hand column.)
 
(2) Select the link below which matches the school where the student attends.  This will open up a short google form where you will upload the completed 338 form.
 
(3) Complete and submit the google form after you upload the 338 form.
 
 
IF THE STUDENT ATTENDS THIS SCHOOL THEN USE THIS LINK
High School https://forms.gle/YTrFSq9UD2MG41vq5
Middle School https://forms.gle/gSL32JuwGNcUNu928
Willow Grove https://forms.gle/2ETZHiaonbvJzw9L8 
Hatchery Hill https://forms.gle/61cimE3ZGfW1fSX79
 
 
Please note that you can still call the school directly to report an HIB.  We will investigate any allegations of HIB even if you do not complete the form.
 
District Anti-Bullying Coordinators (ABC)

Mr. Guy Jorstad
 
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
[email protected]
908-852-8150  x2233
 
 
School Anti-Bullying Specialists (ABS)
 
Hatchery Hill
Elementary
Willow Grove
Elementary
Hackettstown
Middle School
Hackettstown
Middle School
Hackettstown
High School
Arelys Rodriguez
Guidance Counselor
 
After Sept 20:
 
Kelsey Morales
Guidance Counselor
Aspasia Verpeut
 
Guidance Counselor
Kellyn Gitomer
 
Guidance Counselor
Nicole Keane
 
Guidance Counselor
 
Heidi Brotzman
 
Student Assistance Counselor
 
 
 
After Sept 20:
 
 
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]
 
908-852-8550 x5237
 
908-852-2805  x4224 908-852-8554 x3325 908-852-8554 x3324 908-852-8150 x2263

 

 

 

School Climate State Director

[email protected]

 
CONFLICTS VS. BULLYING:  HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?
Source:  Guidance for Parents on the Anti-Bullying Bill of rights Act (P.L.2010, c.122)
 
 

"During a conflict, name-calling, threats and other conduct that might look like bullying can occur. However, a conflict and bullying are very different.

 

Unlike bullying, during a conflict people are equally involved in some type of disagreement. Conflict is considered mutual, meaning everyone is more or less evenly involved.

 

Bullying, on the other hand, involves one or several people (the bullies) intentionally committing a mean or violent act against another person(s) or group of people (the victims). When bullying occurs, there is no mutual participation in a disagreement; it is one-sided. Bullying victims have a hard time defending themselves. The victims want the bullying to stop, but the bully continues the behavior.

 

Conflicts and bullying can interrupt the school day, damage property and cause injuries to the people involved. However, when the behavior involves a conflict, the school will take action based on its code of student conduct instead of the ABR.

 

Bullying [can] occur when:

  • One or more students are victims of unwanted or uninvited aggression, as the behavior applies to the definition of harassment, intimidation and bullying in the ABR;
  • The aggressor’s behavior would lead a person to reasonably believe that the aggressor is motivated by a desire to physically or emotionally hurt someone;
  • The aggression is one-sided; and
  • The behavior is not an attempt to positively or negatively address or resolve a problem."
 
Additionally, to be considered Bullying -- as defined by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) -- the behaviors must meet specific criteria. Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying means (1) any gesture, or (2) any written, verbal or physical act, or (3) any electronic communication (whether it be a single incident or series of incidents) that:
  • Is reasonably perceived as being 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 by any other distinguishing characteristic); and
  • Takes place on school property, at any school sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds; and
  • Substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students.
And a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will cause at least one of the following:
  • Cause physical or emotional harm to a student or his/her property; or
  • Place a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or property; or
  • Insult or demean a student or group of students; or
  • Create a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with the student's education.
 
 
 
 
School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights 
NJ HIB Self-Assessment Summary Scoring Document:
Hackettstown Public School District’s harassment, intimidation and bullying policy: 
 
HIB Law & Other NJ Department of Education Resources: