We strive to make the Elizabeth Ave School a place where no student is bullied or “put down". We want every student to look forward to coming to school and enjoy school. We want everyone to be the best that he or she can be and this means we have to support one another.
We want everyone to learn, have fun and feel supported at EAS. Elementary school is an exciting and challenging time in students’ lives. Students are learning about who they want to be and the ways to achieve their goals. It is a time of personal, social, physical and intellectual development. Students are forming friendships and learning about social relationships. They are learning new academic skills that will serve them their entire lives. Overall, it is an exciting time!!
At Elizabeth Ave School we teach students five rules about bullying:
**Rule 1: We will not bully others.
**Rule 2: We will help students who are bullied.
**Rule 3: We will include students who are easily left out.
**Rule 4: When we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school or an adult at home.
**Rule 5: In our school community, we all have a responsibility to help each other out. It’s fair and caring.
The School Counselor is the Anti-Bullying Specialist at the Elizabeth Ave School. To report bullying, please contact the school. You can expect a response within 24 hours if not sooner. In addition, you can also feel free to reach out to the Vice Principal or Principal. 732-356-0113.
To anonymously report bullying online, please go to the following website and follow the instructions: https://www.franklinboe.org/Page/106 Please make sure to select the Elizabeth Ave School.
An excerpt from the board policy:
The Board expects all pupils and employees to treat each other with civility and respect and provides programs to promote these virtues. Disruptive or violent behavior interferes with a pupil’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its pupils in a safe environment. The Board recognizes its duty to ensure a safe school climate and has adopted policies and programs governing acceptable student conduct. The State has mandated that the Board further address this duty by the adoption of a specific policy addressing incidents of harassment, intimidation or bullying. Hence, the Board prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying against any pupil.
The Board also recognizes that there are rights and freedoms accorded to students enrolled in the public education system and that it has a responsibility to protect those rights and freedoms. Amongst these are a student’s right to be treated with respect and their freedom from the fear of being threatened by another individual, whether it is on school grounds, at any school-sponsored function, or on a school bus.
Mrs. Sarah Spence will complete a bullying investigation within 10 days of it being submitted. The school goal is to ensure that the mean behavior has stopped as soon as possible.
In order to determine whether a situation meets the legal criteria for bullying the board policy is consulted. There are numerous criteria that must be met for an incident to be considered bullying. However, an incident can fall under misbehavior and receive a disciplinary response even if it does not meet the legal criteria for bullying.
We look forward to working with your child this year. Please feel free to contact us throughout the year. We are always happy to help and look forward to partnering with you to support your child to have a great elementary school experience.