HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION OR BULLYING
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools expect pupils to treat each other with civility and respect, and will not tolerate acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying. As with other disruptive or violent behaviors, this conduct interferes with a pupil’s ability to learn, as well as with his/her social/emotional development and a school’s ability to educate its pupils in a safe environment. The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying against any pupil.
"Harassment, intimidation or bullying" is defined as any gesture or written, verbal or physical act that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either 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 handicap, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function or on a school bus and that:
a. a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his person or damage to his property; or
b. 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 the school. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15 (3)(b)(2)
This policy also includes the prohibition of the use of school property or school networks, websites, or school subscription sites, such as computers and other electronic devices, for harassment, intimidation, or bullying behavior whether the recipient of the bullying is on or off school property. Bystander support of harassment, intimidation, or bullying behavior, either active or passive, is also prohibited by this behavior.
Any victim, school employee, pupil or volunteer who has witnessed, or has reliable information that a pupil has been subjected to harassment, intimidation or bullying must report the incident to the appropriate school official designated by the administration. The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education shall not tolerate an act of reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation or bullying.
We encourage students who believe that they are the targets of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, to use any and all avenues possible for reporting incidents including:
· Telling a friend who then reports it to a teacher, school nurse or the principal.
· Telling a teacher, the Bridge counselor, nurse, or principal.
· Asking a parent to notify a school official, with or without supplying his/her name.
· Confidential meeting with the principal.
The principal will investigate the reported incident and appropriate consequences will be applied based on the nature and number of offenses committed by the individual. A listing of procedures and consequences has been established to prevent and respond to acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying, and is available as part of Board of Education Policy 5512.01.