Anti Bullying Policies, Procedures, & Guidance
MTSD Anti Bullying Policies and Procedures
Policy 5512 (Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying) and Policy 5600 (Pupil Discipline/Code of Conduct) shall govern all HIB reporting, investigations, and school responses. Related reporting procedures are outlined in Regulation 5512 R .
If you would like to report a Harassment / Intimidation / Bullying incident in person or via telephone our school anti-bullying specialists are:
Mrs. Ferenc at MT Middle School 973-543-2505 / email@example.com
Ms. Clark at MT Elementary School 973-543-7107 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our District anti-bullying coordinator is: Dr. Robert Koroski 973-543-7107 / email@example.com
Mendham Township School District is committed to eliminating bullying, harassing, and intimidating behaviors from our school community. All stakeholders are asked to report incidents involving such behaviors. Our school anti-bullying specialists and the principals will review all submissions thoroughly.
A member of a Board of Education, a school staff member, or a student who has witnessed, or has reliable information that a student has been subject to, harassment, intimidation or bullying shall report the incident to the appropriate school official designated by the school district's policy, or to any school administrator or safe schools resource officer, who shall immediately initiate the school district’s procedures concerning school bullying. ALL MTSD stakeholders are asked to report all incidents as well!
A member of a Board of Education or a school employee who promptly reports an incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying, to the appropriate school official designated by the school district's policy, or to any school administrator or safe schools resource officer, and who makes this report in compliance with the procedures in the district's policy, is immune from a cause of action for damages arising from any failure to remedy the reported incident.
Anyone who files a report/claim he/she knows to be false will be held responsible and reported to an appropriate law enforcement agency for processing. Under no circumstances will false reports ever be considered "a joke" or "minor mischief." They will be immediately reported.
Annual Reporting & Ratings
New Jersey Department of Education
School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act
The school self-assessment is completed each year by all schools in the state of New Jersey. This assessment evaluates the school district's efforts to implement the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.
The school grade is a raw score of data and the sum of the ratings for all indicators within each core element on the School Self-Assessment (ex: 65 of 78 points). The maximum total score for a school is 78 points. A minimum score of 50 is needed in order to meet all necessary requirements. The school district's grade is an average of the total scores of all schools in the district.
Department of Education Guidance
The New Jersey Department of Education released Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) guidance to all public schools on December 16, 2011. This HIB “guidance document was developed in consultation with the Division on Civil Rights (DCR), New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, as required under N.J.S.A. 18A:37-24a. The document also was developed in consultation with experts on the subjects of bullying, school climate and culture and social-emotional and character development through the department’s Safe and Supportive Schools Advisory Committee and HIB Guidance Document Subcommittee.” Review the Guidance for Parents on the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act document here.
According to New Jersey Education Statute 18A:37-15, "School districts shall adopt a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation or bullying on school property, at a school-sponsored function, or on a school bus."
The Mendham Township Board of Education prohibits the bullying, harassment or intimidation of any student. Any student, parent, or employee who witnesses an act of bullying, harassment or intimidation should contact the appropriate school personnel immediately. Employees and/or Volunteers are required to report any allegation of bullying within 24 hours of the alleged incident.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (A-3466) on January 5, 2011.
District Anti-Bullying Coordinator:
Dr. Robert Koroski
Mendham Township School District
District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
18 West Main Street
Mendham, New Jersey 07926
Office: (973) 543-7107 ext. 223
New Jersey Department of Education
School Climate State Coordinator: