2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:37-20 - Appointment of school anti-bullying specialists, coordinator.


NJ Rev Stat § 18A:37-20 (2013) What's This?

18A:37-20 Appointment of school anti-bullying specialists, coordinator.

17. a. The principal in each school in a school district shall appoint a school anti-bullying specialist. When a school guidance counselor, school psychologist, or another individual similarly trained is currently employed in the school, the principal shall appoint that individual to be the school anti-bullying specialist. If no individual meeting this criteria is currently employed in the school, the principal shall appoint a school anti-bullying specialist from currently employed school personnel. The school anti-bullying specialist shall:

(1)chair the school safety team as provided in section 18 of P.L.2010, c.122 (C.18A:37-21);

(2)lead the investigation of incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying in the school; and

(3)act as the primary school official responsible for preventing, identifying, and addressing incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying in the school.

b.The superintendent of schools shall appoint a district anti-bullying coordinator. The superintendent shall make every effort to appoint an employee of the school district to this position. The district anti-bullying coordinator shall:

(1)be responsible for coordinating and strengthening the school district's policies to prevent, identify, and address harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students;

(2)collaborate with school anti-bullying specialists in the district, the board of education, and the superintendent of schools to prevent, identify, and respond to harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students in the district;

(3)provide data, in collaboration with the superintendent of schools, to the Department of Education regarding harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students; and

(4)execute such other duties related to school harassment, intimidation, and bullying as requested by the superintendent of schools.

c.The district anti-bullying coordinator shall meet at least twice a school year with the school anti-bullying specialists in the district to discuss and strengthen procedures and policies to prevent, identify, and address harassment, intimidation, and bullying in the district.

L.2010, c.122, s.17.


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