Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy and Procedures
Paterson’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 of 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, visit the state's page on Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, Statutes and Regulations; The New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:16; Parent Resources; Controversies and Disputes.
Nicole Y. Payne
District HIB Coordinator
Shine On: Award winning Anti-Bullying Video by Rosa Parks Students
Harassment, Intimidation And Bullying Resource Guideby Paterson Public Schools Year Published: 2019
A complete guide to understanding harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
A Resource Guide To The Dangers Of Social Media, Sexting and Cyberbullyingby Paterson Public Schools Year Published: 2019
Today, most of our students use the internet and social
media and it plays a critical role in their daily activities. While the internet
makes obtaining information easier and has many
positive attributes in the learning process, it also comes
with some dangers. It is important to be aware of these potential dangers and the necessary steps that we need to take as a community in safeguarding all of our students.
The guide is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Bengali.