Marlboro Township Public Schools is committed to providing an educational environment for all students, employees, and volunteers that is safe and civil and free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. Harassment, intimidation or bullying (HIB) behaviors refer to any gesture, any written, verbal, cyber or physical act, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristics, 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 characteristics, whether or not the act occurs on or off school grounds that has the effect of substantially disrupting or interfering with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students and that:
- A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the action 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 to his/her property;
- The action has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student group or group of students; or
- The action 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 behaviors can take many forms including but not limited to: slurs, rumors, jokes, demeaning comments, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral, electronic, or physical actions; provided these actions are 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.
While some of these behaviors may not rise to the level of HIB, they may still be prohibited by building, classroom, or program rules and will be dealt with by the building administration, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
A student victim, the parent/guardian of a student victim, a close adult relative of a student victim, or a school staff member who wishes to report an incident of alleged harassment, intimidation, or bullying, must complete an Incident Reporting Form (found below) and return it to the principal at the student victim’s school.
In cases where the administration determines that an HIB act has occurred, counseling, corrective discipline, and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to change the behavior of the perpetrator and remediate the impact on the victim. False reports or retaliation for harassment, intimidation or bullying will also result in disciplinary action.
District policy (Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, File Code 5512) fully explains the interventions and remediation that building and district administrators may recommend. Please familiarize yourself with this policy by reading it in its entirety. The policy can be found in the School Calendar & Information Guide, or by clicking below.
You also may be interested in becoming familiar with an additional district policy and accompanying regulations (Conduct/Discipline, File Code 5600) which directly relate to File Code 5600. Click on the links below to access the information.
P 5512 Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
P 5600 Student Discipline-Code of Conduct
ABR GRADE REPORT
Our District has conscientiously implemented the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR). The school "grade" for ABR is a raw score of data and the sum of the ratings for all indicators within each core element on the School Self-Assessment. The maximum total score for a school is 78 points. The District's grade is an average of the total scores of all schools in the school District. The raw and average scores reflect the school and school District’s degree of compliance with the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, as determined primarily through each school's self-assessment of its implementation of the ABR.
At any time, if you have questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact the District Anti-bullying Coordinator:
Dana Tardio, Vice Principal
Marlboro Memorial Middle School
71 Nolan Road
Morganville, NJ 07751
Click below for anti-bullying information that is specific to your school.