Initiatives That Have Taken Place1. Oasis Freshman Orientation-In-coming freshmen were informed about and engaged in discussion about the anti-bullying law, interventions to stop bullying and an introduction to school staff and peer leaders who could provide them with assistance should they witness or be the victim of bullying.2. All teaching staff were provided with a 1/2 day of in-service on the need for safe schools, the relationship between safe schools and student learning, and the importance of recognizing and respecting individual differences and alternative lifestyle choices.3. Grade-level meetings occurred to further address the anti-bullying law and the impact bullying has on both the victim and the perpetrator.4. An Anti-Bullying Action planning committee has been established to explore and recommend ways to encourage proactive student behavior. This committee will meet on a monthly basis and representative members include administrators, teachers, related services personnel, parent(s), law enforcement officer(s) and students.5. Adoption by the school board of anti-bullying policies and procedures.6. Continued staff development presented by the district's anti-bullying specialists at the October 10 In-Service day.7. Anti-bullying training for all district substitutes. (ongoing)8. Continuation of the district's Diversity Club.9. Establishment of a school wide Safety Committee to review all incidence of bullying, harassment and intimidation and to make recommendations to the superintendent and the board as necessary.Future (Soon to be initiatives)
1. Student In-service (all grade levels) to address the impact of active vs. passive bullying by standing.
2. Exploration of the state department of education grants to assist in the training of staff and students.3. Introduction of cross-curricula themes concerning bullying, intimidation, and harassment.Anti-Bullying ContactsSandra Morisie- Special Education SupervisorAnti-Bullying Coordinator(908) 996-2131 X6901Heather Eckhardt- Student Assistance CounselorAnti- Bullying SpecialistClick here to Download the Guidance for Schools on Implementing the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act