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Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying

The Ocean City School District strives to create safe, healthy and nurturing learning environments. It is a violation of district policy for a student to bully, harass, or intimidate another student and exhibit behaviors that infringe upon the safety or emotional well-being of any student through words or actions. School personnel who witness any act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall take immediate action to intervene. Every member of the school community is responsible for promoting a positive school culture and ensuring the physical and emotional health of students. 

The Ocean City School District is committed to providing an environment in which students and staff are able to learn, socialize and work free of the fear of harassment, intimidation or bullying (HIB).  These actions are serious and will not be tolerated.

Bullying, harassment, or intimidation means intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, or written conduct or an intentional electronic communication that creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student's educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student's physical or psychological well-being and is:

  • Motivated by an actual or a perceived personal characteristic including race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry, physical attributes, socioeconomic status, familial status, or physical or mental disability; or,
  • threatening or seriously intimidating; and,
  • occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus; or,
  • substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school.

"Electronic communication" means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.

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Please refer to the link below in our menu for the policy and forms used to report incidents of HIB. 

 

School Anti-Bullying Specialists:

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator:                  
Mr. Matthew C. Carey, Director of Student Services 
Ocean City School District
501 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226                     
609-399-1290 x8753                   


Primary School   

550 West Ave.
Ocean City, NJ 08226                                   

Guidance Counselor, Anti-Bullying Specialist:
Joel Dougan
609-399-3191 x6501
609-399-8257 (fax)

School Social Worker, Alternate Anti-Bullying Specialist:
Ivory Williams
609-399-1290 x8727
iwillams@ocsdnj.org

Intermediate School:   
1801 Bay Ave.
Ocean City, NJ 08226                        

Guidance Counselor, Anti-Bullying Specialist:
Shannon Pruitt   
609-399-5611 x5438                 
                             
School Psychologist, Alternate Anti-Bullying Specialist:
Dr. Vicki Scheetz             
609-399-1290 x6573
399-5320 (Fax)                   

High School 
501 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
                                                 
Guidance Counselor, Anti-Bullying Specialist                                      
Dane Tabano                  
609-399-1290 x8722   

Nurse/Student Assistance Coordinator, Alternate Anti-Bullying Specialist:
Jill Berenato
609-399-1290 x4101

                                
Margo Corcoran          
609-399-1290 x8715                

Additional Resource(s):

https://www.nj.gov/education/parents/     

 

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