• As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122), the Northern Highlands Regional High School District has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grade, which applies to both the district and the school.  To access the grade, click the link below. Please feel free to contact Mr. Michael Koth, Anti-Bullying Coordinator, if you have any questions.
     
     
     
    Anti-Bullying Coordinator:  Mr. Michael Koth, 201-327-8700 x501, kothm@northernhighlands.org
     
    Anti-Bullying Specialist:  Ms. Sue Spencer, 201-327-8700 x568, spencers@northernhighlands.org
     
    Confidential Hotline for anonymous reporting:  201-327-8700 x333
     
     
     
    The following policies are required by the Department of Education to be disseminated annually:
     

    2260- Affirmative Action Program For School and Classroom Practices

    2361- Acceptable Use of District Computer Network

    5331- Management of Life Threatening Allergies

    5512- Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

    5512.01- Hazing

    5600- Pupil Discipline Code of Conduct

    5751- Sexual Harassment

     

    Or you may search for the most up to date district policy using any keyword at NH Policy Archive

     

    Additional HIB/Affirmative Action Resources

     

    Northern Highlands Regional School District Office of Affirmative Action

    298 Hillside Avenue Allendale, New Jersey 07401 Phone: 201-327-8700 ext. 230
    Email: Peterfriendk@northernhighlands.org Fax: 201-236-9543

     

    Affirmative Action Grievance Procedures
     

    In keeping with federal/state anti-discrimination legislation, the BOE has adopted and hereby publishes the Grievance Procedure provided for the resolution of employee complaints.

    The purpose is to provide employees with a procedure by which they can seek remedy for alleged violations related to discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, affectional or sexual orientation sex, ancestry, national origin, or socioeconomic status.

    By definition, a grievance is a formal written complaint. The grievant is any employee aggravated by a decision or condition falling under the guideline of federal/state anti-discrimination laws. The Affirmative Action Officer (AAO) is a district employee designated to coordinate efforts with antidiscrimination legislation and charged with the responsibility of investigating complaints. 

     

    Procedures

     

    Step 1 – The grievant must present the complaint in written form to the responsible person designated as the AAO. (Grievance Report Form

    Step 2 – The AAO has five working days in which to investigate and respond to the grievant. The AAO will inform the building principal that an affirmative action complaint was filed. The AAO will not involve the superintendent in the process as it may taint the future position of appealing the AAO’s decision to the superintendent.

    Step 3 – If not satisfied, the grievant may appeal within ten working days to the Superintendent or designee (not the AAO).

    Step 4 – Response by the Superintendent or designee must be given within five working days

    Step 5 – If the grievant is not satisfied at this level, an appeal may be made within ten working days to the Board of Education, which will hear the complaint at the next regular meeting or within thirty calendar days. Local board hearings shall be conducted so as to accord due process to all parties involved in the complaint such as written notice of hearing dates, right to counsel, right to present witnesses, right to cross-examine and to present written statement. The decision of the board shall be by a majority of the members at a meeting which shall be public.

    Step 6 – The Board of Education shall respond to the grievant within thirty calendar days.

    Step 7 – If the grievant is not satisfied with the board’s decision, the grievant can have it referred to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools.

    Affirmative Action Grievance Procedures – Page 2

    Step 8 – The grievant maintains the right to by-pass the grievance procedures and submit complaint directly to any or all of the following agencies:

     

    1.        The Commissioner of Education Bureau of Controversies and Disputes New Jersey Department of Education PO Box 500 Trenton, New Jersey 08625 Phone: (609) 292-5705

    2.       Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Newark District Office 1 Newark Center, 21st Floor Newark, New Jersey 07102 Phone: 800-669-4000 or 973-645-6383

    3.       U.S. Office for Civil Rights

    U.S Department of Education 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor

    New York, NY 10005-2500

    Phone: 646-428-3900 or TDD: 877-521-2172

     

    4.       New Jersey Division on Civil Rights 140 East Front Street, 6th Floor

    PO Box 090

    Trenton, New Jersey 08652-0090

    Phone: 609-292-4605 or TDD 609-292-1785

     

    Affirmative Action Harassment Complaint Form

    Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, HIB Parent Letter

    2015-2016 Northern Highlands HIB Self Assessment

    2016-2017 Northern Highlands HIB Self Assessment