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    Behavioral Support

     
     Behavioral Support
     
    The Office of Educational Support Services works with consultants to support students who have difficulty demonstrating age-appropriate behaviors that may impact his or her education or that of other students. The principals of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) are employed. ABA is the science of human behavior, using empirically validated principles to change socially significant behaviors.

     

    Observations and measurable behaviors are analyzed within an environment to determine why those behaviors are, or are not, occurring. Treatment strategies can then be applied within the school environment to bring about positive and meaningful change.

       

    Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

    The purpose of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act is to strengthen the standards and procedures for preventing, reporting, investigation and responding to incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) of students that occur on school grounds and off school grounds under specified circumstances.

     

    The definition of HIB focuses on four types of bullying behaviors. Verbal bullying includes taunting, name-calling, malicious teasing, or making threats. Psychological bullying includes spreading rumors, purposely excluding people from activities, or breaking up friendships. Physical bullying includes hitting, punching, shoving, spitting, or taking personal belongings. Finally, Cyber bullying includes using the Internet, mobile phone, or other digital technologies to harm others. These behaviors can occur either in school or off school grounds, and are considered to be bullying when they substantially disrupt or interfere with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students.

     

    Anti-Bullying Specialists, who are the Counselors at each school investigate reports of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, and work with administrators to determine appropriate actions to take when those reports are substantiated. School Safety Teams identify patterns of HIB and make suggestions that will improve the school climate. Oversight is provided through the District Ant-Bullying Coordinator.

     

    In order to reduce incidents of HIB and insure the physical and emotional well being for all its students, Medford Township Schools continue to build on existing initiatives. Each school follows a Code of Conduct that clearly outlines student expectations for behavior. Instructional activities include bullying awareness lessons, use of the specialized curriculum, and discussion of core values. After-school clubs have been formed that focus on teaching respect for peers. Most importantly, however, is the continued effort to establish a partnership between home and school, as we know that the best approach to addressing harassment, intimidation, and bullying is collaboration between parents and school to develop a culture that does not tolerate incidents of HIB and promotes appropriate behavior. To report an incident, please contact the Anti-Bullying Specialist at your child’s school or Dr. Gale Ferraro, Anti-Bullying Coordinator, at gferraro@medford.k12.nj.us.
     

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