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
 
Suspected incidents of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying can be reported by completing the Google Form below or by contacting the building principal directly.
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
ANTI-BULLYING BILL OF RIGHTS ACT
DISTRICT APPOINTEES
 
 
District Anti-Bullying Coordinators (ABC)

Mr. Guy Jorstad
 
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
gjorstad@hackettstown.org
908-852-8150 Ext. 233
 
 
School Anti-Bullying Specialists (ABS)
 

 

Hatchery Hill 

Elementary School 

Willow Grove

Elementary School

Hackettstown

Middle School

Hackettstown

High School

Ms. Arelys Alers

Guidance

Counselor

aalers@hackettstown.org

908-852-8550

Ext. 237

Ms. Aspasia Verpeut

Guidance

Counselor

averpeut@hackettstown.org

908-852-2805

Ext. 224

Ms. Tatum Stein

Guidance

Counselor 

tstein@hackettstown.org

908-852-8554

Ext. 231 

Ms. Jennifer Spuckes

Student Assistance

Counselor

jspuckes@hackettstown.org

 908-852-8150 

Ext. 232

 

 
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: