HIB Information

Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying

Hawthorne Board of Education

Policy 5512

The Hawthorne School District adopted Policy 5512 in accordance with New Jersey's Anti-Bullying law. Below are some of the highlights. The full policy can be viewed on our district's website at www.hawthorne.k12.nj.us.

Definition

“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.
  • The gesture(s) is reasonably perceived as being motivated by either any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or mental, physical or sensory disability.

AND

  • The behaviors have created a hostile educational environment for the alleged victim, other students affects the orderly operation of the school.

OR

  • A reasonable person would know that he/she would physically or emotionally harm the victim, damage the victim's property or place the victim in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage his/her property.

OR

  • The behaviors have the effect of insulting or demeaning the victim.

Where Can Bullying Occur?

On school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds if it substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other pupils.

Procedure for Reporting an Incident of Harassment, Intimidation and/or Bullying

  1. The incident should be reported to a teacher, counselor, administrator or other school employee.
  2. The incident must then be reported to the Principal or the Principal's designee.
  3. The investigation of the incident shall be initiated within one (1) school day of the verbal report of the incident.
  4. The investigation will be conducted by the school Anti-Bullying Specialist. The investigation will be completed and the written findings submitted to the Principal as soon as possible, but not later than ten (10) school days from the date of the written report of the alleged incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
  5. The Principal will then proceed in accordance with the Code of Pupil Conduct, as appropriate, based on the investigation findings.
  6. The Principal will submit the report to the Superintendent within two (2) school days of the completion of the investigation.
  7. The Superintendent will then report the results of each investigation to the Board of Education no later than the date of the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting following the completion of the investigation.

Information Provided to Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of the pupil(s) who are parties to the investigation shall be provided with information about the investigation, in accordance with Federal and State law and regulation. This could include:

  1. The nature of the investigation.
  2. Whether the district found evidence of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
  3. Whether consequences were imposed or services provided to address the incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
  4. This information will be available in writing within five (5) school days after the results of the investigation are reported to the Board of Education.
  5. A parent/guardian may request a hearing before the Board of Education after receiving this information. When a request for a hearing is granted, the hearing shall be held within ten (10) school days of the request.

Range of Responses to an Incident of Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying

The Board authorizes the Principal of each school, in conjunction with the Anti-Bullying Specialist, to define the range of ways in which school staff will respond once an incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying is confirmed, and the Superintendent shall respond to confirmed harassment, intimidation, and bullying, according to the parameters described in the Policy. The Board recognizes that some acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may be isolated incidents requiring the school officials respond appropriately to the individual(s) committing the acts.

Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a pupil who commits an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions to suspension or expulsion, as permitted under N.J.S.A.18A:37-1, Discipline of Pupils and as set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.2, Short-term Suspensions, N.J.A.C. 6A:16A:16-7.3, Long-term Suspensions and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.5, Expulsions.

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