About Our Policy
A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards.
“Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” is defined as any gesture or written, verbal, or physical act; or any use of electronic or wireless communication (including telephone, cell phone, computer, or pager)–whether it be a single incident or series of incidents–that takes place on school grounds/property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus or off school grounds as provided for in section 16 of P.L. 2010,c 122, and that:
- is motivated 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; and
- a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student, 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; or
- has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students in such a way as to cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other 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.