Anti-Bullying

Anti-Bullying

Prohibiting harassment, intimidation and bullying on school property, at any school-sponsored event, on school buses, or off school grounds.

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers:

We take great pride in the Montclair Public Schools to work with you and your children to create a safe learning environment. We hope that all of our students continue to grow academically, socially and emotionally. Our school administrators work hard to keep all schools safe and nurturing places for your children.

As adults, parents, guardians and caregivers, we need to understand the differences in "normal inappropriate" and "sometimes annoying behaviors" that our students may experience as stepping stones in their development as they negotiate through peer conflicts. With this in mind, our goal, as your school leaders is to work with you regarding bullying which is a very serious issue that every school nationwide faces.

Research shows that more than half of all school-aged children will be involved in annoying behaviors, conflicts, and bullying this year as victims or aggressors with many more witnessing these acts on a regular basis.

We request that when your child experiences any of these acts, you discuss all the circumstances with your child to decipher what may be annoying behaviors or normal conflicts. Our goal is to teach students how to request help in the school and accept responsibility for their own actions.

All too often, parents, guardians and caregivers begin the dialogue with school administration, counselors and teachers with the words, "being bullied" as they describe the incident, when a normal conflict may have transpired between classmates or school mates.

Please bring the incidents to our attention. We will do our due diligence to investigate the incident, inform you if bullying has occurred, and provide school based support services for your child.

Please take a moment to read the information listed below. The information may be helpful when discussing concerns that come up with your child. We will continue to work collaboratively with you to support your child and help him/her acquire and develop the necessary skills to achieve in our supportive learning environment.

Sincerely,

Andrew D. Evangelista
District Mental Health and Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Information for parents and students

  • Bullying101: a summary

  • Montclair Board of Education Policy 5512

  • Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights

  • List of Anti-Bullying Coordinators for Each School, with contact information

  • Printable form to use to report a bullying incident. If you are unable to print or complete this form, please contact the anti-bullying coordinator for your school directly, using the information provided in the list of Anti-Bullying Coordinators.

  • The document entitled Guidance for Schools on Implementing the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act was developed in consultation with the Division on Civil Rights (DCR), New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, as required under N.J.S.A. 18A:37-24a. The document also was developed in consultation with experts on the subjects of bullying, school climate and culture and social-emotional and character development through the department's Safe and Supportive Schools Advisory Committee and HIB Guidance Document Subcommittee.

  • NJDOE School and District Grade Report -; compliance with Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.

  • Reporting to Law Enforcement: A school district must report to local law enforcement and bias investigation unit of county prosecutor's office whenever a school employee in the course of his employment develops reason to believe a "bias-related act" has been committed or is about to be committed on school grounds, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-6.3(e) (Note that this requirement extends to off school grounds for acts involving students.)

  • Bias-Related Act defined: An act that is directed at a person, group of persons, private property, or public property that is motivated in whole or in part by race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. This need not involve conduct that constitutes a criminal offense. All hate-crimes are bias-related acts, but not all bias-related acts are hate -crimes. This also includes acts that are adult-to-adult.

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