State law requires districts to provide counseling, safeguards, or other supportive services to students who have been bullied.
New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:16-7.7 Harassment, intimidation, and bullying
(a) Each district board of education shall develop, adopt, and implement a policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying on school grounds, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15.
- Each district board of education shall have control over the content of the policy, except that the policy shall contain, at a minimum, the following components:
- v. Appropriate remedial action for a student who commits an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying that takes into account the nature of the behavior; the nature of the student's disability, if any, and to the extent relevant; the developmental age of the student; and the student's history of problem behaviors and performance. The appropriate remedial action also may include the following:
- (1) A behavioral assessment or evaluation including, but not limited to, a referral to the child study team, as appropriate; and
- (2) Supportive interventions and referral services, including those at N.J.A.C. 6A:16-8.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:37-15 Adoption of policy concerning harassment intimidating or bullying by each school district.
b. A school district shall have local control over the content of the policy, except that the policy shall contain, at a minimum, the following components:
- (7) the range of ways in which a school will respond once an incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying is identified, which shall be defined by the principal in conjunction with the school anti-bullying specialist, but shall include an appropriate combination of services that are available within the district such as counseling, support services, intervention services, and other programs, as defined by the commissioner. In the event that the necessary programs and services are not available within the district, the district may apply to the Department of Education for a grant from the “Bullying Prevention Fund” established pursuant to section 25 of P.L.2010, c.122 (C.18A:37-28) to support the provision of out-of-district programs and services;
Promoting Health and Learning School Nursing Practice in New Jersey’s Public Schools
Document addresses school nurse's role in addressing physical, psychological, social, or educational needs of students involved in bullying incidents, in collaboration with other school health staff.