"As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122), the Garwood Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades. This link leads to the school district's self assessment HIB grade. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Mary Emmons, Anti-Bullying Coordinator if you have any questions." Our Bullying Specialist is Mrs. Theresa Parkhill. Email Tparkhill@garwoodschools.org
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) directed all school districts to assess their progress in the implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR). As explained by the NJDOE, “the school 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 78 points). The maximum total score for a school is 78 points. The department issued grade is not represented as a letter grade.” The raw number scores are posted for public view, then, as the NJDOE directs, so that “the score for each core element must be reported as a number (e.g., 12 of 15 points for Core Element #1, 5 of 9 points for Core Element #2, etc.) and the grade must be reported as a number (e.g., the grade is 65 out of 78 points).” The NJDOE “is not issuing any associated value or ranking for the raw and average scores. The raw and average scores reflect the school district’s degree of compliance with the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR), as determined primarily through each school’s self-assessment of its implementation of the ABR”. The Self-Assessment helped our district to identify areas for improvement in various core elements. We work each year to improve these various areas in hopes to create an even stronger climate and culture for our students and staff. This will occur through posting and updates on our district’s website, as well as at Board of Education meetings, where HIB prevention programs, approaches and other initiatives will continue to be reviewed, as required in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-17a, as well as the review of the BOE’s HIB policy, as required in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15c. As always, all stakeholders are always welcome to share their insights, ideas and concerns with the Garwood School District at any time.