District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Mr. Joseph Cappello, M.S.W., S.A.C.
The "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act" enacted by the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly requires that each district post staff contact information, policies, and other information regarding harassment, intimidation, and bullying. The following information is intended to serve as a resource for parents/guardians, students and staff.
Harassment, Intimidation, & Bullying (HIB) Incident Report Form
Board Policies related to Anti-Bullying:
Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Grade:
The New Jersey Department of Education has released school and district HIB grades as per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR) Act. The Nutley Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades to the district's HIB webpage, and to each individual school's webpage. These grades were determined by a district self-assessment released by the New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joseph Cappello, the Anti-Bullying Coordinator, at 973-661-8989.
Parent/Guardian HIB Presentation:
Staff HIB Presentation:
Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Definition
"Harassment, intimidation, or bullying" means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, as defined in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that:
Is reasonably perceived as being motivated by either any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability; or by any other distinguishing characteristic;
- Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15.3,
- Substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students; and that
a. A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) 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/her person or damage to his/her property; or
b. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or
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.
"Electronic communication" means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to: a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.
NJ DOE Websites and Resources
New Jersey Department of Education Keeping Our Kids Safe, Healthy and in School
Guidance for Schools on Implementing the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act
Cyberbullying Research Center
Garden State Equality
New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention
Stomp Out Bullying
United States Dept. of Health & Human Services in partnership with the Dept. of Education & Dept. of Justice