This year, NYC public schools will mark the City’s Respect for All Week from February 9–15.
Held every year, Respect for All (RFA) Week is the DOE’s week-long call to action for City schools to build, promote, and maintain safe and inclusionary environments on behalf of all students, staff, and community members. RFA Week is part of the DOE’s ongoing Respect for All program, which has worked to build our staff members and students’ capacity to develop diverse, inclusive, and supportive communities that are free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination in each of our schools since 2007.
Throughout RFA Week, schools across the City are hosting events and organizing activities for their students, staff, and community members that are aimed at teaching social responsibility and violence awareness while preventing bias-based harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying of any kind. Among the topics that are being covered throughout the week include bullying/cyberbullying, being allies, and religious prejudice, and understanding sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.