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Schools Check in On Anti-Bullying Efforts
Livingston Public Schools performed well above state guidelines on compliance with implementing eight core elements of New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, according to the self-assessment report provided by school officials on August 12.
The self-assessment is broken down into eight core elements covering different aspects of the state’s Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) policies. They were prepared by the School Safety Team for each school as required by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and include initiatives aimed at addressing anti-bullying and the improvement of school climates, school cultures and other conditions that negatively affect student learning and growth.
The core elements are as follows:
• Core Element #1: HIB (Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying) Programs, Approaches or Other Initiatives
• Core Element #2: Training on the BOE-Approved HIB Policy
• Core Element #3: Other Staff Instruction and Training Programs
• Core Element #4: Curriculum and Instruction on HIB & Related Information& Skills
• Core Element #5: HIB Personnel
• Core Element #6: School-Level HIB Incident Reporting Procedure
• Core Element #7: HIB Investigation Procedure
• Core Element #8: HIB Reporting
The self-assessments cover the period January 5, 2011 through June 30, 2013.
All Livingston Public Schools greatly exceeded the 67 percent NJDOE requirement of compliance with indicators of the eight core elements, said Larry Russell, the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Schools in the presentation made to the Livingston Board of Education. (Learn more Livingston’s policies on HIB and school specialists by clicking here).
The schools looked at themselves with a critical eye on compliance with the New Jersey’s tough new anti-bullying law.
“In my opinion, the law is only as effective as its implementation,” said Superintendent Dr. John B. Alfieri. As the first self-assessment shows, Livingston Public Schools are above and beyond the requirements.
Compliance at Livingston High School was 82.6 percent, according to the self-assessment. Heritage Middle School was 90.7 percent, Mt. Pleasant Middle School was 84 percent.
At the elementary schools, Burnet Hill’s grade was 97.3 percent, Collins 90.3 percent, Harrison 88 percent, Hillside 89.3 percent, Mt. Pleasant Elementary 81.3 percent, and Riker Hill 92 percent.