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HIB Policy

District Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Policy                                                                                                          

The Florence Township Board of Education believes that a safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Since students learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers are required to demonstrate appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation or bullying. Harassment, intimidation or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate its students in a safe environment. Therefore, the school district will not tolerate acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying.

“Harassment, intimidation or bullying” is defined as 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, 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, that takes place on school grounds, at any school-sponsored function or on a school bus, or off school grounds, in accordance with law, that 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, 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 the student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical
            or emotional harm to the student. 

“Electronic communication” means a communication that is transmitted by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.


District Anti-Bullying Coordinator

 Principal Roebling Elementary School
1330 Hornberger Avenue Roebling, New Jersey 08554
609-499-4640 ext. 3153 


Each building also has an Anti-bullying Specialist. They are:

Roebling Elementary School - 
   Mrs. Rachael Fruman, School Psychologist 
   rsimon@florence.k12.nj.us  (609) 499-4640 ext. 3003

   Assistant Mrs. Sara Trombly, Guidance Counselor 
   strombly@florence.k12.nj.us  (609) 499-4640 ext. 3003

Riverfront School –    
   Ms. Rachel Taylor, School Psychologist 
   rtaylor@florence.k12.nj.us (609) 499-4600 ext. 2019

   Assistant Mrs. Sara Trombly, Guidance Counselor 
   strombly@florence.k12.nj.us (609) 499-4600 ext. 2011

Florence Memorial High School -
   Mr. Lonney Brown, Director of Security 
   lbrown@florence.k12.nj.us (609) 499-4620 ext. 4218

   Assistant Mrs. Nancy Sebastian, Guidance Counselor 
   nsebastian@florence.k12.nj.us (609) 499-4620 ext. 2224

If you have any questions about the District HIB Policy, please contact the District Anti-Bullying Coordinator,  Any incident of bullying should immediately be reported to a building administrator and/or the building anti-bullying specialist. Any report made to a staff member will then be communicated to a building administrator and the specialist to be addressed.

As parents and guardians, you play a critical role in preventing HIB in our schools. Talk to your children about respecting and accepting others. Send a clear message that harassment, bullying, and intimidation are never acceptable ways to interact with others, and model these expectations for your children. 

HIB Defined

HIB Report 2014-15