Despite a lack of adequate funding, North Bergen and Guttenberg school districts have attempted to comply with state mandates regarding the issues of harassment, intimidation and bullying in their schools. Policies have been initiated or updated, specialists are in place to handle complaints, and specific projects have been launched to educate students and help create safe learning environments.

After the New Jersey legislature passed the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act in Nov. 2010, Gov. Christopher Christie signed a law in Jan. 2011 amending various parts of the law pertaining to harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB), adding requirements for prevention and intervention of HIB situations on and off school grounds, at school-sponsored functions, and on school buses.

“The Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a pupil,” North Bergen’s policy stipulates. “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.”

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