State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to promote positive social and emotional climate.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:17-43.2 New Jersey School Safety Specialist Academy, Certification programs.
a. There is established in the Department of Education the New Jersey School Safety Specialist Academy. It shall be the purpose of the academy to serve as a central repository for best practices, training Standard, and compliance oversight in all matters regarding school safety and security, including prevention efforts, intervention efforts, and emergency preparedness planning. The academy shall: provide, free of charge, ongoing professional development on national and State best practices, as well as the most current resources on school safety and security; assume a lead role in setting the vision for school safety and security in the State; and provide a coordinated and interdisciplinary approach to providing technical assistance and guidance to schools throughout the State.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:37-15 Adoption of policy concerning harassment, intimidating or bullying by each school district.
d. (1) To assist school districts in developing policies for the prevention of harassment, intimidation, or bullying, the Commissioner of Education shall develop a model policy applicable to grades kindergarten through 12. This model policy shall be issued no later than December 1, 2002. (2) The commissioner shall adopt amendments to the model policy which reflect the provisions of P.L.2010, c.122 (C.18A:37-13.1 et al.) no later than 90 days after the effective date of that act and shall subsequently update the model policy as the commissioner deems necessary.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:37-24 Development of guidance document.
a. The Department of Education, in consultation with the Division on Civil Rights in the Department of Law and Public Safety shall develop a guidance document for use by parents or guardians, students, and school districts to assist in resolving complaints concerning student harassment, intimidation, or bullying behaviors and the implementation of P.L.2002, c.83 (C.18A:37-13 et seq.) by school districts. The document shall include:
- (1) a school district’s obligations under P.L.2002, c.83 (C.18A:37-13 et seq.);
- (2) best practices for the prevention, intervention, and remediation of harassment, intimidation, or bullying in schools, including methods to identify and assist student populations at high risk for harassment, intimidation, or bullying;
- (3) a clear explanation of the procedures for petitioning the Commissioner of Education to hear and decide disputes concerning P.L.2002, c.83 (C.18A:37-13 et seq.);
- (4) a clear explanation of the Division on Civil Rights’ jurisdiction and services in regard to specific types of harassment, intimidation, or bullying; and
- (5) a clear explanation of the process for appealing final agency determinations to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court.
b. The guidance document shall be available on the Department of Education’s and the Division on Civil Rights’ Internet sites and on every school district’s Internet site at an easily accessible location.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:37-27 Development of online tutorial, test.
The Commissioner of Education shall develop, in consultation with the Division on Civil Rights, and make available on the Department of Education’s Internet site, an online tutorial on harassment, intimidation, and bullying. The online tutorial shall, at a minimum, include best practices in the prevention of harassment, intimidation, and bullying, applicable laws, and such other information that the commissioner determines to be appropriate. The online tutorial shall be accompanied by a test to assess a person’s understanding of the information provided in the tutorial.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:37-35 Task force to develop policy.
3.a. The Department of Education shall establish a task force to develop a policy to address incidents of dating violence involving students at school. The task force shall include members who have expertise in issues relating to dating violence. The policy shall contain, at a minimum, the following components:
- (1) a statement that dating violence will not be tolerated;
- (2) dating violence reporting procedures;
- (3) guidelines for responding to at-school incidents of dating violence;
- (4) discipline procedures specific to at-school incidents of dating violence;
- (5) warning signs of dating violence; and
- (6) information on safe, appropriate school, family, peer, and community resources available to address dating violence.
b. Each school district shall implement either the policy developed by the department or a dating violence policy developed by the district. In the event that a district determines to develop its policy, the policy shall contain, at a minimum, the components required pursuant to paragraphs (1) through (6) of subsection a. of this section.
c. Notice of the policy implemented by the school district shall appear in any publication of the district that sets forth the comprehensive rules, procedures, and Standard of conduct for schools within the district, and in any student handbook.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:37-36 Educational resources, recommendation, posting on website.
The Department of Education shall recommend educational resources on dating violence and shall post these materials on its website.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:6-135 Development establishment of Response to Intervention framework.
1.a. The Commissioner of Education shall develop and establish an initiative to support and encourage the use of a Response to Intervention framework by school districts to promote the achievement of all students. The initiative shall include dissemination of information and guidance to school districts regarding the development and effective implementation of a Response to Intervention framework as a methodology to identify struggling learners, maximize student achievement, and reduce behavioral problems. The initiative shall also include dissemination of information and guidance to school districts regarding the effective use of a Response to Intervention framework as a methodology to identify students with specific learning disabilities in accordance with the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq. The information and guidance provided to school districts shall make clear that a Response to Intervention framework is not a substitute for classification of a student as eligible for special education and related services if the student requires classification.
b. The commissioner shall ensure that a Response to Intervention framework implemented by a school district includes, at a minimum, the following elements:
- (1) high quality research-based instruction in the general education setting;
- (2) universal screening procedures to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes or behavioral challenges;
- (3) multiple levels of evidence-based interventions that are progressively more intense, based on the student’s responsiveness; and
- (4) continuous monitoring of student progress.
c. The commissioner shall make available technical assistance and training to assist school districts in the implementation of a Response to Intervention framework.
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