Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

Last Updated: 8/5/2021 12:03 PM

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, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory (handicap) disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function (or), on a school bus, or off school grounds as provided for in section of P.L.2010, CHAPTER 122, that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of a school or the rights of other students and that:

  • a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property; or
  • has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students (in such a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of a school); or
  • creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student

 

Audubon School District Grades Determined Under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122)

 

 

If you would like to report a harassment, intimidation, or bullying experience, please first contact the School Anti-Bullying Specialist.

HIB District Coordinator

Bonnie Smeltzer

bsmeltzer@audubonschools.org

(856) 546-4926 x5119

 

Audubon Jr.-Sr. High School Anti-Bullying Specialist/High School Counselor

Michael Tomasetti

(856) 547-7695 x4141

mtomasetti@audubonschools.org

 

Mansion Avenue School Anti-Bullying Specialist/Elementary Counselor

Cara Novick

(856) 546-4926 x5120

cnovick@audubonschools.org

 

Haviland Avenue School Anti-Bullying Specialist/Elementary Counselor

Maria McCutcheon

(856) 546-4922 x6109

mmccutcheon@audubonschools.org

 

 

Beginning with the September 2011-2012 school year, the Audubon School District has conscientiously implemented the requirements found in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.

The Audubon School District has made continued progress in addressing and improving harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) and the school climate and culture by:

  • Implementing mandatory training for all school personnel in the areas of HIB.
  • Integrating tolerance, HIB, and respect related topics into the classroom.
  • Implementing a web-based program (myk12.org) for the purpose of reporting, collecting and documentation of all HIB related investigations.
  • Adhering to the state designed timelines for reporting and investigating of all HIB related activities.
  • Creation of a school safety team (SST) at each building to identify patterns of HIB and review school climate and school policies for the prevention of HIB related activities.
  • The appointment of a school Anti-Bullying Specialist (ABS) at each building.
  • The appointment of a district Anti-Bullying Coordinator (ABC).
  • Required SST meetings and ABS/ABC meetings each year to assess the school and district initiatives and to discuss crucial topics, issues and laws that pertain to the ABR.
  • Required state reports for each school to determine district and school grades.
  • Required state reports to explain and detail district programs and activities.

While completing the New Jersey state required self-assessment, we learned that our school district/school has demonstrated strengths in the following areas:

  • Continued creation of new programs, presentations, and training sessions to foster the ideologies of respect, tolerance and promote anti-bullying messages.
  • School-Level incident reporting and corresponding procedures.
  • HIB investigation procedures.
  • Implementation of web-based program through myk12.org, designed by the Technology Department and HIB Anti-Bullying Coordinator, to successfully manage the:
    • Proper reporting mechanisms by school personnel.
    • Instantaneous alerts to the ABS, ABC and school principal of a reported incident.
    • Protocol to ensure that a proper and thorough investigation occurs in all HIB related incidents.
    • Identification of interventions to prevent future incidents.
    • Instantaneous alerts to the ABC, Superintendent and School Principal of all finalized incidents.
    • Protocol and data for monthly reports to the Board of Education.
    • Ability to analyze HIB and non HIB occurrences and run reports for the district and each school building.

The Self-Assessment helped our school district/school to identify areas for improvement in the following areas:

  • Continual assessment of district level programs to help educate students on HIB, tolerance and respect.
  • Continual information made available to the parents, guardians and school community of HIB related information.

During the upcoming year, our school district will be working towards and seek involvement in improving:

  • Requiring parents/guardians to monitor websites, applications and social media venues where inappropriate messages, postings, pictures, sexting, cyberbullying can occur after school hours.
  • Teaching appropriate use of technology on the Chromebook both in school and at home.
  • Continued integration of HIB related topics into the classroom.
  • Continued information made available to parents and guardians on HIB related topics.
If you would like to report a harassment, intimidation, or bullying experience, please first contact the School Anti-Bullying Specialist.