With New Challenges Come New Opportunities: Covid-19 has revealed new challenges that students face, and while we are socially distant, we are closer than before. Week of Respect is an opportunity for New Jersey schools to focus on building and supporting positive school climates for students, both in person and virtually!

The week of respect is an excellent opportunity to kick-start year-long campaigns and initiatives. Center for Prevention and Counseling has provided daily themes, social media posts and projects that are easy for Sussex County schools to replicate during Week of Respect.
  • Remember to send us pictures of what your students and staff are doing and we will share your success on social media!

  • Be sure to check out our Pinterest page for even more great ideas, including bulletin board display ideas!
Blue Shirt Day- World Day of Bullying
Monday, October 5th
Blue Shirt Day, World Day of Bullying Prevention is a national initiative held on the first Monday of October. STOMP Out Bullying created this exciting initiative where people are asked to wear a blue shirt in an effort to join together in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying. Help drive awareness of anti-bullying programs and STOMP Out Bullying in your community! Register with Stomp out Bullying.

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Students and Teachers change your avatar picture to wearing blue or use a blue background today!

Everyone Counts Day
Ask students and staff to wear clothing with a number on it
Tuesday, October 6th
To promote respect for others teach your students about Random Acts of Kindness. These simple tasks including smiling at someone, giving someone a compliment, visiting a sick friend or sharing a snack with someone. All are easy and quick to complete. Recognize students for their acts of kindness by creating a kindness chain or certificates. Need help coming up with some random acts of kindness projects? Check out our Pinterest page, or the Great Kindness Challenge website.

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Have students write one thing that they like about themselves. How does being kind to themselves make them feel? Kindness starts with you, now spread this kindness to other people. Share what act of kindness students did in an 'Acts of Kindness' class blog. Then students will pick out one other students act that they thought was inspiring and make a kind comment.
School is a Safe Place to Be Yourself
Dare to be different:
Ask students and staff to wear mismatched clothes
Wednesday, October 7th
Allow children to look forward to being in an encouraging environment that promotes social and creative learning and embraces everyone to be themselves.

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Use the question wheel to have students answer questions about themselves. This will help classmates get to know each other and build mutual respect with a reminder that others having different answers makes the group more interesting! https://wheeldecide.com
Stand Up Against Bullying
United we stand, have everyone wear their school spirit wear
Thursday, October 8th
Bullying can happen anywhere. Educate your students on what it takes to be an upstander. Check out these great upstander resources.

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Share a Pledge. Have teachers/staff read the pledge statement for participation, video tape themselves to make it virtual, and to show unity. The pledge requests that student do their part to make their peers feel included, through mutual respect, and compassion. After the pledge is read, invite students to sign a pledge online to demonstrate their commitment to building a strong community.
Or create virtual shared agreements
HERO Day
Help. Encourage. Respect. Others.
Ask students and staff to dress up as a super hero
Friday, October 9th
As a school you are part of a greater community, help your students learn to respect the community they live in by completing a service project. Collect donations for the local food pantry, write thank you letters to local first responders, or create decorations for the local nursing home. Check out our Pinterest page for more great service project ideas!

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Use Google Slides (or Canva) to have students create a digital inspirational message inspired by kindness. Or include a lesson on Digital citizenship 101
Lesson Plans/Resources
["Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change." ~Bob Kerrey]
Goal of Week of Respect: Provide students with a safe and supportive school environment devoid of harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) encourages academic success and increased social and emotional competence.