WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan presented the district-wide results for the school self-assessment requirement for New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.
State law requires that all schools have a school safety team comprised of an anti-bullying specialist, the school’s principal, a teacher and a parent, with the option of having additional volunteers on the team. One of the responsibilities of the team is to use a district form for an annual self-assessment designed to determine if a school is doing everything that is required by state law.
“The state form that needs to be completed in each school is very very specific,” said Dolan. Schools must rate themselves from 0-3 on questions that fall within eight core categories for a maximum grade of 78 points.
District Results for the 2016-2017 School Year:
Franklin Elementary School: 72
Jefferson Elementary School: 71
McKinley Elementary School: 74
Tamaques Elementary School: 73
Washington Elementary School: 71
Wilson Elementary School: 71
Lincoln Early Childhood Learning Center: 76
Edison Intermediate School: 76
Roosevelt Intermediate School: 70
Westfield High School: 71
How the categories were ranked:
- 0 points — Does Not Meet the Requirements
- 1 point — Partially Meets the Requirements
- 2 points — Meets all Requirements
- 3 points — Exceeds the Requirements
The eight core categories are:
- HIB Programs, Approaches or Other Initiatives
- Training on the BOE Approved HIB Policy
- Other Staff Instruction and Training Programs
- Curriculum and Instruction on HIB and Related Information and Skills
- HIB Personnel
- School-Level HIB Incident Reporting Procedure
- HIB Investigation Procedure
- HIB Reporting
“We do have a range among our schools, but certainly all of our schools are taking this seriously,” said Dolan.