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.

image003Throughout 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.

The week will kick off on February 9 on No One Eats Alone day, a national event that encourages students to make new friends during their lunchtimes in an effort to combat social isolation.

To learn more about Respect for All, including school events from previous RFA Weeks, lesson plans, community partners, please visit our RFA website.

The Morning Bell

Official blog for the NYC Department of Education, home of over 1.1 million students across 1,800+ schools


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