Anti-Bullying Policy & Procedures
Mendham Township School District is committed to eliminating bullying, harassing, and intimidating behaviors form our school community. Policy 5512 (Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying) and Policy 5600 (Pupil Discipline/Code of Conduct) shall govern all HIB reporting, investigations, and school responses.
The definition of an HIB as per state legislation is as follows:
"Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that meet the following criteria:
1. 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 disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic
2. takes place on school property, at any school sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds as provided for in section 16 of P.L.2010, c.122 (C.18A:37-15.3)
3. substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students
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
Mrs. Clark at MT Elementary School 973-543-7107 X 1418 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our District anti-bullying coordinator is Dr. Robert Koroski 973-543-7107 X 4402 / email@example.com
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.