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Bullying Information

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB)

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator: Janet Ferlazzo, 732-214-2360
Joyce Kilmer School Anti-Bullying Specialist: Megan Rademacher, 732-214-2370
Parkview School Anti-Bullying Specialist: Jennifer Pinnella, 732-214-2360

Milltown school district is committed to 
creating a safe learning environment for our students. 
New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights will help support that effort.


Types of Bullying Behavior

HIB and the NJ Anti-Bullying Law Tutorials from NJDOE

Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights - Guidance Documents

Milltown School District HIB Policy
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying and Hazing, File Code: 5131.1
--please note district's policy manual is available under the Board of Education link at the top of the page.

HIB Staff, Parent, and Student Incident Reporting Form
Please alert your school anti-bullying specialist or principal of any situation involving harassment, intimidation or bullying. Working together, we can help maintain a positive school climate for our students.

Normal Conflict vs. Bullying
Children will occasionally experience disagreements with their peers. Incidents of HIB are identified when certain characteristics and motivating factors come into play. Milltown school district offers supervised conflict resolution meetings and peer mediation sessions to assist students with resolving normal conflict. However if an incident is identified as a HIB occurence, disciplinary action will be taken by the administration and/or Board of Education. 


District Annual Bullying Prevention Survey
Milltown school district conducts an annual survey with students in grades 2-8 in order to gather data to assist with bullying prevention in our schools. The survey is administered in the Spring and is included below for your review. If you have reservations about your child participating in the survey, please print and return the suvey opt-out form.
Annual District Survey Opt-Out Form
Student Bullying Prevention Survey grades 2-3 for review
Student Bullying Prevention Survey grades 4-5 for review
Student Bullying Prevention Survey grade 6 for review
Student Bullying Prevention Survey grades 7-8 for review

District T.E.A.M. Bullying Prevention Programs
TOGETHER EVERYONE ACCOMPLISHES MORE
Two tiers of prevention and intervention outlined below.
 
PREVENTION
Proactive Systemic Approach
 
Positive Behavior Support Programs
PBS is a school-wide system that emphasizes rewarding good choices.
 
Character Education
Lessons related to the six pillars of character and aligned with the 
NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards. Embedded in the health, life skills, and K-5 music curriculum.
 
Rachel’s Challenge Pledge
All parents and students embrace our Joyce Kilmer Pledge commiting to be
an upstander in support of Rachel's Challenge. 
 
Peer Mediation
A program and a process during which trained student mediators assist other students in working toward a win-win solution in a disagreement or other conflict. 
Student are recommended by their teachers to become trained peer mediators.
 
Conflict Resolution
A teacher led session during which students are guided toward resolution of a situation involving a disagreement or other conflict.
 
Peer Tutoring
A partnership between academically capable upper classmen and students in need of additional academic support fostering a positive academic and social relationship.
 
Middle School Advisors
Sessions are facilitated by a middle school teacher and are designed to promote a sense of “family” and encourage cross-grade peer relationships. Advisory groups meet every Monday during the middle school elective period and address monthly topics related to character education and bullying prevention. Students are able to request a teacher- advisor and remain with that same advisor throughout grades 6-8.
 
Assembly Programs
Periodic student assembly programs are scheduled throughout the year to reinforce and reward positive collective behavior by the schools according to our PBS program 
and to reinforce the philosophy of Rachel's Challenge. 
 
INTERVENTION
Reactive Consequences to Identified Bullying Cases
Prescribed consequences may include one or a combination of interventions listed below.
 
Discipline
Student may be assigned disciplinary consequences according to the full range of options for code of conduct violations outlined in the Parent and Pupil Handbook at the discretion of the superintendent. Athletes may be subject to restriction of play-time or removal from the team roster.
 
Peer Pep Talk
A dialogue of acceptable parameters for social interaction overseen by a teacher advisor among trained student upstanders and a student exhibiting a pattern of negative peer relations, which may include a bullying incident.
Students are recommended by their teachers to become Peer Pep Talk leaders.
 
HIB Remediation Workshop
A two-day workshop after school to focus on acquiring more positive social skills and strategies. The workshop is scheduled quarterly at each school and is facilitated by a trained staff member.


Informational Websites Below

NJ State Department of Education HIB website
New Jersey is committed to keeping kids safe, healthy and in school. The DOE website offers further information on the current law and further related links.

Middlesex Out-Reach and Education (M.O.R.E)
The Middlesex Out-Reach and Education (“M.O.R.E.”) unit of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office offer information and online pamphlets on bullying prevention and various other safety topics.

Prosecutor's Office HIB brochure

www.stopbullying.gov 
StopBullying.gov is an official U.S. Government Web site managed by the Department of Health & Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Justice.

Website is maintained by the New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention. The mission of the NJ Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention is to increase community awareness of bullying as a common serious problem of school-age children and to advocate for the implementation of effective bullying prevention approaches in the State of New Jersey.
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