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District HIB Information

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying is defined as:   
 
Any...
*  Gesture or series of gestures
*  Written, verbal, or physical act or series of acts
*  Electronic communication or series of communications
 
 
Which takes Place...
*  On school property

*  At any school sponsored function

*  On a school bus

*  Or off school grounds
 
 
Which substantially disrupts or interferes with the...
*  Orderly operation of the school

*  Rights of other students
 
Which...
Can reasonably be  perceived as  being  motivated by an actual or
perceived characteristic  such  as: 
 
*  Race

*  Color 
*  Ancestry

*  Gender 
*  National Origin

*  Religion 
*  Sexual Orientation

*  Gender Identity or  
   Expression 
*  A mental, physical,
   or sensory disability 
*  Or any other distinguishing
   characteristic 

Which...
A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a     student or damaging the student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage top his/her property
 
And ... 
Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students
 
And ... 
Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student's education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student
 
 
HIB Grades: District Harassment Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Grades are completed each school year.  The Self-Assessment Grades and Statement of Assurance are provided to the MEPS Community in the link below. The Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is required by state law to grade each public school and school district’s efforts to implement the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (N.J.S.A.18A:17-46). Each school is required to evaluate its implementation of the ABR from July 1 through June 30 by using the HIB Self-Assessment. The Self-Assessment tool includes eight core elements that address all of the ABR requirements for schools.