District's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Grade 

Our school district has conscientiously implemented the requirements found in the anti-bullying Bill of Rights Act, please see below . 

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Affirmative Action
NJ Law Against Discrimination (LAD}

BOE Policies #1550, #2260

The Somerset Hills School District prohibits discriminatory practices in employment, retention, or educational opportunity on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age sex (including pregnancy), familial status, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental and physical disability, perceived disability and AIDS and HIV status.

Individuals who believe they have been harassed may file a complaint with their building's Affirmative Action representative:
Bedwell: April Friedman
BMS: Lisa Garofalo 
BHS: Jaime Walker
Olcott: Coleen Butler

If the issue is not resolved at the building level, a formal grievance may be filed with the district's Affirmative Action Officer:

Coleen Butler
cbutler@shsd.org 
908.204-1930, ext. 1314


 Explanation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act Report Card

The Somerset Hills School District has addressed issues related to harassment, intimidation and bullying for many years. We have continued to make adjustments in resolving these issues by implementing intervention programs and providing character education.

The annual grade report provides information about the results of a district-based self-assessment that was conducted to determine adherence to all of the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.

There are eight components pertaining to staff professional development, anti-bullying programs for students, appropriate investigation of complaints, and adherence to guidelines for reporting results. 

The scores are calculated by rating 26 indicators on a scale of zero to three to arrive at a total score with a maximum value of 78.

The rating scale consists of the following values:

0 = Does Not Meet the Requirements
1 = Partially Meets the Requirements
2 = Meets the Requirements
3 = Exceeds the Requirements
District

Anti-Bullying Coordinator

Mrs. Jaime Walker
Director of Guidance
jwalker@shsd.org
908-204-1930 ext.2119

School Anti-Bullying Specialists

BHS
Ms. Lisa Drew
Student Assistance
Counselor

ldrew@shsd.org
908-204-1930
ext. 2306  


BMS
Ms. Marcy Craver,
School Counselor
mcraver@shsd.org
908-204-1916
ext. 3012   

BES
Ms. Emily Pike
School Counselor
epike@shsd.org
908-204-1920
ext. 4015

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying - BHS

The Somerset Hills School District Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a pupil.  A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for pupils to learn and achieve high academic standards.  Harassment, intimidation, or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a pupil’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its pupils in a safe and disciplined environment.  Since pupils learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers should be commended for demonstrating appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

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