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Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy and Procedures

Anti-bullyingPaterson’s Public School’s policy on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying is one of the district’s top priorities. In January 2011, Governor Christie signed the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” and in doing so, New Jersey now has the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation. This new law is intended to strengthen the standards and procedures for preventing, reporting, investigating, and responding to incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students that occur in school and off-school premises.

New Jersey’s anti-bullying law specifically includes protection for groups defined by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical, or sensory disability, or by another other distinguishing characteristic.  It is important to note that the State’s new definition for Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), also includes “electronic communication” as cyber-bullying, or bullying via text messages or social networking sites, has become a growing problem in schools throughout the country. 


Since students learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers need to recognize that school staff members have the public’s trust and confidence to protect the well-being of all children in our school district.  We want our students to know that diversity is valued, and that stereotyping and harassment are not acceptable behaviors.  Our students and staff are strongly encouraged to work together to prevent acts of harassment of any kind.  Please note that students or staff who are found to have engaged in acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying will be subject to discipline. 

If a student believes he or she has been subjected to harassment or a hostile environment, the student is encouraged to report this to the school principal, administrator or the school's designated Anti-bullying specialist.  The Paterson Public School District is committed to prompt follow-up to any such report and the district will conduct a full investigation.  Results of this investigation will be shared with the students' parents or guardians.

To get more in-depth information about New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, Statutes and Regulations; The New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:16; Parent Resources; Controversies and Disputes, please go to:



Paterson’s HIB Policy At-A Glance

What is the School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR)?

Paterson Public Schools Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR) Self-Assessment Grades




Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Resources



HIB Resource Guide

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Social Media, Sexting and Cyberbullying

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A Parent Tutorial on the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act presented by the New Jersey Department of Education


Part 1: "The Law"

This section covers the purpose of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR), the legal definition of “HIB”, “cyberbullying” and hazing.


Part 2: "About Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying”

This section covers an introduction and HIB facts, the effects of HIB, who is at risk for being bullied and bullying others, signs that my child is being bullied or is bullying others, and what parents can do to address HIB incidents.


Part 3: "Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Prevention”

This section covers introduction to HIB facts, the role of parents in school-based prevention planning, suggestions for preventing HIB at home, and ways to collaborate with your child’s school district.


Part 4: "Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Intervention"

This section covers the role of parents in HIB intervention, the HIB definition in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, and the overall effects of HIB.






Additional Resources


Staff Training on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

School Safety and Climate Training: Roles, Responsibilities, Intervention and Prevention Best Practices

How much Do You Know About Bullying? English    Español    Arabic

Cyber Bullying Resource Manual: English   Spanish   Arabic   Bengali


Shine On

Award winning Anti-Bullying Video by Rosa Parks Students



Additional Anti-Bullying Videos and News


"To This Day"
"My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways." - Shane Koyczan


Bystander Video
Bullying can have negative psychological, physical, and academic effects.


High School Football Players’ Gifts To Freshman Who Was Bullied
After the student was laughed at for wearing the same clothes to school several days in a row, the players took it upon themselves to give him clothes and shoes.


Boys' Respond To Classmate Being Bullied
After a group of 5th grade boys noticed a classmate with a learning disability getting teased, they banded together and made him a part of their gang.


Be An Upstander - 2014 Teen Video Awards Entry


Contact Anti-Bullying Specialist (ABS)/Dept. of HIB

If you need to get in touch with the Anti-Bullying Specialist at the school the student attends, please click the link below for contact information.

District Anti-Bullying Specialists by School


Contact District Office for HIB

Nicole Y. Payne

District HIB Coordinator
Office: (973) 321-2404

Gena Strickland

Administrative Assistant

Office: 973-321-0716













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