NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Scott Hough provided the report on the Student Safety Data System at the Thursday, March 12 Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The report covers the period of Sep. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. The report has to be compiled twice a year.
There were three confirmed HIB (harassment, intimidation, and bullying) incidents in the district during that time period. There were zero incidents of weapon possessions, two incidents of violence, one incident of vandalism and one incident of substance abuse during this reporting period.
The district conducted a total of 18 HIB investigations. Six of those investigations took place in the high school with two confirmed HIB violations. There were seven investigations at the middle school, but none were confirmed. In Salt Brook School there were four investigations with one confirmed HIB violation. There was only one HIB investigation at the Allen W. Roberts School during the reporting period. The case was not confirmed.
Hough explained that all HIB investigations were completed within 10 days as required by state law. The confirmed HIB violations were related to race and color as well as to gender and gender identity discretion. The anti-bullying specialist at each school conducted the investigations. The nature of discipline measures taken were detention as well as school and out of school suspension. Other measures included student and parent conferences and individual student counseling.
Each year the district conducts a lot of training and programs to improve the school climate, Hough said. During this reporting period the programs included a review of HIB policies for both staff and students. There were also training sessions for the district’s anti-bullying specialists. The anti-bullying lessons are also taking place in health classes. The character education program is also geared towards better school climate for all students. Other programs include peer conflict resolution sessions in addition to other programs.