The Township of Union Public School District, through self-assessment and reported numbers of confirmed harassment, intimidation, and bullying incidents (HIB) has been issued the following grade 63 out of 75 by the New Jersey Department of Education. The NJDOE has not issued a letter grade for the HIB information, but rather a raw score in order for districts to focus on specific areas that may need additional attention. As per the NJDOE directive each district school must list the information on the school website for public review.
Beginning with the September 2011-2012 school year, our school district/school has conscientiously implemented the requirements found in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act by providing training on the Anti-Bullying Bill of Right Acts to all members of the faculty and staff. All district employees were provided training on identifying and reporting incidents of HIB as required and outlined in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights. Annually, a review of the reporting procedures and any changes to the bill are presented to the faculty and staff at the beginning of the school year.
During the first two years of implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, our school district/school has made progress in addressing and improving harassment, intimidation and bullying and the school climate and culture by presenting various workshops and assemblies to students and staff on the importance of understanding differences and conflict resolution. In addition, all schools participate in activities that promote an end to harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) in school, at home, and on social media.
While completing the Self-Assessment, we learned that our school district/school has demonstrated strengths in these areas: HIB Programs, Approaches, and other Initiatives, Policy, Faculty and Staff training, and Investigative Personnel.
The Self-Assessment helped our school district/school to identify areas for improvement in the following areas: HIB reporting and HIB Curriculum.
During the upcoming year, our school district/school will be working towards and seek your involvement in improving student understanding of HIB on social media and expanding the HIB program beyond the school day.