As per the Anti-Bulling Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010,c.122), the Bergen County Special Services School District has posted its 2013-14 Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights to the district’s webpage and to each individual continuum’s webpage. On December 16, 2014 the New Jersey Department of Education released the second Self-Assessment under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights District and School Grade Report. The publication of this report is one of the requirements under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR).
Beginning with the September 2011-12 school year, our district has conscientiously implemented the requirements found in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Right Act by initiating district-wide activities, programs and trainings to increase awareness for the implementation of this law.
In order to foster safe and positive learning conditions for students, the school and district grades are part of an integrated process for reinforcing and strengthening the school’s climate and culture through prevention and intervention efforts targeted toward harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB). District and school staffs are encouraged to use this data to educate the community about current school practices and engage them in identifying and addressing areas for improvement. Under the Commissioner’s Program, the continuum grade is a raw score of data and the sum of the ratings for all indicators within each core element on the School Self-Assessment (e.g., 65 of 75 points). The maximum total score for the continuum is 78 points. The district’s grade is an average of the total scores of all the continuums in the district. The department issued grade is not represented as a letter grade. The raw and average scores reflect the continuum and district’s degree of compliance with the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR), as determined primarily through each continuum’s self-assessment of its implementation of the ABR.
You can find a variety of information about the Anti-Bullying Rights Act at the NJDOE website: http://www.state.nj.us/education/parents/bullyres.htm. The district website has information as well at: http://bcss.bergen.org/index.php/editions-a-pricing/district-anti-bullying-information.