EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick Schools have become safer spaces this year as reported and and confirmed incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB) have declined throughout the district. In 2015, the East Brunswick Public Schools reported 25 HIB incidents to the New Jersey Department of Education. That number decreased to 10 in 2016.
At the February Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent Louis Figueroa, who has been the district's HIB coordinator since the program's inception in 2012, discussed the publication and approval of the district's self-assessment of East Brunswick's anti-HIB program. On a scale of 1-78, district schools collectively scored 76.7. According to Figueroa, "all schools met all requirements" for addressing, reporting, and teaching about HIB.
Figueroa also noted that students get training in class, in small groups, and at whole-school events. He cited the district's efforts to use "internal resources" in each school to support the fight against HIB.
"A key component is climate, " said Figueroa, referring to the ongoing efforts of the district to create a culture of acceptance and positivity in the schools. "We want to see a commitment to improve climate."