Bullying Prevention

On January 5, 2011, Governor Christie signed into law the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.” This law is effective September 1, 2011. It seeks to establish clearer standards on what constitutes Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB). It also seeks to establish clearer standards on how to prevent, report, investigate, and respond to incidents of HIB. A new definition for HIB is defined as: (N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14) Any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as: race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, color, ancestry, gender, gender identity & expression, mental physical or sensory disability, and any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds as provided for in section 16 of P.L. 2010, c. 122 (c.18A:37-15.3), that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students that:

a. A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property.

b. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students.

c. Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student

Anti-Bullying Coordinator Jessica Fisher, Assistant Director: 652-7118 ext: 112 jfisher@gccscharterschool.org

Anti-Bullying Specialist Brian Mistretta, Special Education Teacher: 652-7118 ext: 205 bmistretta@gccschartreschool.org

As part of our Caring Schools Community, the Galloway Community Charter School believes our school should be a safe environment for children to learn and grow. In order to facilitate our beliefs, we have implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. The Olweus Program enhances our Caring Schools Community initiative. Through class meetings, discussions, and role-play, students learn to be proactive against bullying behaviors. Students and staff members will be able to distinguish among bullying, rough and tumble play, and real fighting. Every staff member has received training in the Olweus program which helps in our efforts to eliminate bullying behaviors in all facets of the school day. We have developed a School Safety Team whose responsibility is to develop, foster, and maintain positive school climate by focusing on ongoing, systematic process and practices in school.

Students will be expected to adhere to our school’s four Anti-Bullying Rules:
Rule #1- We will not bully others.
Rule #2- We will try to help students who are bullied.
Rule #3-We will try to include students who are left out.
Rule #4-If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

These rules will be taught during the first few months of school and will be reinforced throughout the school year. You will receive further information throughout the year from the classroom teachers and through our website. The Olweus Program stresses that strong staff, community, and parental involvement is important for the program to be successful and effective.

We thank you in advance for your support and effort in making our school Bully Free!

If you suspect a child is being bullied, please call your child’s teacher. Then, click on the link and download the Parent/Volunteer Reporting Form. Please return the form within 2 days of calling the teacher.

HIB Parent Reporting Form
HIB Timeline

For further information about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, please visit their website. www.clemson.edu/olweus

Learn More

Galloway Community Charter School
609-652-7118
Info@gccscharterschool.org
112 South New York Road
Galloway, NJ 08205

Important Dates and Events

October 2014
6-10 - Week of Respect
6 - Wear school colors
7 - Dad's Take your child to school Day
Dress Professional
8 - Country Western Day
9 - Class color day
10 - Hawaiian Day
13 - School Closed - Columbus Day
15 - International Celebration 5:30-7:30 pm
16 - Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the faculty room
15-23 - Scholastic Book Fair
22-24 - Early Dismissal Days - Conferences
31 - Dress in Black and Orange

November 2014
2 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
6-11 - School Closed
20 - Board of Trustees Meeting @ 6:30 pm in the faculty room
26-28 - School Closed

Registration

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is currently closed. Please call Joelle Bailey at 609-652-7118 ext. 103 to learn about registration for the 2015-2016 school year.

Success Stories

Read about alumni, including Abigail Lopez and Anthony Johnson, who learned the values and treasured the knowledge here at GCCS, and went on to accomplish their personal bests.