|Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy
A. Policy Statement and Development
Saint Joseph the Carpenter School is a faith-based learning institution, built on the core values of compassion, community, honesty, respect and responsibility and the traditions of our faith. As such, acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a student are prohibited. A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students, and it is not in accord with the core values of our school.
B. Policy Development
This policy has been developed based on disciplinary regulations adopted by Saint Joseph the Carpenter School and the core values of Saint Joseph the Carpenter School. This policy is available on the Saint Joseph the Carpenter School website and shall be distributed annually to students, parents and guardians, faculty and staff, and school volunteers.
C. Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Definition
“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 is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, or on a school bus, or off school grounds, that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students, and that:
a. a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, 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 person or damage to his property;
b. has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such a way as to cause disruption in, or interference with, the orderly operation of the school; or
c. 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.
“Electronic communication” means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, cellular phone, or computer.
D. Student Behavior Expectations
Saint Joseph the Carpenter School expects students to conduct themselves commensurate with Christian attitudes, morals, and values. The standards for student behavior are based on positive interactions among students, parents, school employees, school administrators, school volunteers, and community representatives, producing an atmosphere that nurtures the maturation of the whole person. The development of this atmosphere requires adherence to the Saint Joseph the Carpenter School core values of compassion, community, honesty, respect and responsibility. Students and school staff are expected to provide support to students who have been subjected to harassment, intimidation, or bullying by reporting acts of harassment, intimidation, and bullying directly to the Vice Principal or Principal.
E. Consequences and Appropriate Actions for Remediation
The following factors, at a minimum, will be given meaningful consideration by school administrators in the implementation of appropriate consequences for each act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying by students.
Factors for Determining Consequences:
1. Ages and maturity levels of the parties involved;
2. Degrees of harm;
3. Surrounding circumstances;
4. Nature and severity of the behavior(s);
5. Incidences of past or continuing patterns of behavior;
6. Relationships between the parties involved;
7. Context in which the alleged incidents occurred;
8. School culture;
9. School climate;
10. Staff ability to prevent and manage difficult or inflammatory situations; and
11. Social-emotional and behavioral supports.
Consequences and appropriate action for remediation of a student who commits one or more acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions, implementation of corrective action plan in concert with the parent, child and administration, and up to and including suspension or expulsion. The consequences and actions for remediation may include, but are not limited to, the examples listed below.
Examples of Consequences:
2. Temporary removal from the classroom;
3. Deprivation of privileges;
4. Referral to disciplinarian;
6. After-school programs;
7. Reports to law enforcement or other legal action; (if necessary)
8. Expulsion; and
9. Bans from participating in school-sponsored programs and activities, or being in school buildings or on school grounds.
Examples of Actions for Remediation:
1. Referral for student counseling;
2. Restitution and restoration;
3. Corrective instruction or other relevant learning or service experience;
4. Behavioral assessment or evaluation, including, but not limited to, a referral to a Child Study Team, as appropriate;
5. Behavioral management plan, with benchmarks that are closely monitored;
6. Involvement of school disciplinarian;
7. Strategies to improve the conditions contributing to harassment, intimidation, or bullying;
8. School climate improvement;
9. School policy and procedures revisions; (when necessary)
10. Modifications of schedules;
11. Adjustments in hallway traffic;
12. Targeted use of video monitors (e.g., hallway, cafeteria, bus);
13. Small or large group presentations for fully addressing the behaviors and the responses to the behaviors;
14. General professional development programs for certificated and non-certificated staff;
15. Disciplinary action and/or professional development plans for involved staff; and
16. Law enforcement (e.g. school resource officer, juvenile officer) involvement.
F. Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Reporting Procedure
Complaints alleging violations of this Policy should be directed to the Vice Principal or the Principal by filling a Saint Joseph the Carpenter School incident report. All other members of the school (students, parents, visitors) are encouraged to report violations of this Policy. Reports may be made anonymously, however formal action for violations may not be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report.
G. Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Investigation
When a complaint of an alleged violation has been received, school administration will initiate the appropriate investigation and determine consequences and remedial actions.
H. Reprisal, Retaliation and False Accusation Prohibition
Saint Joseph the Carpenter School prohibits any school employee, school volunteer, or student from engaging in reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation against a victim, witness, or person with reliable information, that an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying has occurred and who reports it The consequences and appropriate actions for remediation for a person who engages in reprisal, retaliation or false accusation shall be determined by the administration after consideration of the nature, severity and circumstances of the act.
I. Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Training and Prevention Programs
Saint Joseph the Carpenter School provides ongoing training and development programs, emphasizing our Catholic faith and core values of compassion, community, honesty, respect and responsibility. In addition, the school shall provide training on the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Policy to students, school employees and volunteers who have significant contact with students.
J. Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Policy Reevaluation, Reassessment and Review
Saint Joseph the Carpenter School will develop and implemented to annually:
1. Conduct a reevaluation, reassessment, and review of the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Policy;
2. Discuss the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Policy with school employees, volunteers, parents and students; and
3. Document and assess harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention programs and initiatives.
K. Contact Information
Saint Joseph the Carpenter School
140 East 3rd Avenue
Roselle, NJ 07203
Office: (908) 245-6560
Principal Vice Principal
Patrick Mullen Joseph O’Halloran