Respect for All Week
During Respect for All Week on Friday, February 5, 2021 and Monday, February 8 to Thursday, February 11, 2021, and schools across the city will have the opportunity to highlight and build upon ongoing programs to help students, staff and communities gain a better understanding of diversity. Schools may also start new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and focus on preventing bullying, intimidation, and bias-based harassment. Your child’s school is also encouraged to promote acceptance and understanding through theme-based lessons and activities. Suggested themes include:
- Friday, February 5, 2021 - Kick-Off with National No One Eats Alone Day
- Celebrating Kindness/Be an Ally
- Anti-Bullying/ Cyberbullying
- Respect for Diversity, Religious Acceptance and Racial Diversity
- Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and LGBTQ pride and acceptance
Note: While National No One Eats Alone Day is on Friday, February 12, 2021, NYC schools will celebrate on Friday, February 5, 2021 because NYCDOE schools will be closed on February 12 in observation of the Lunar New Year.
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Respect for All is our system-wide response to bullying and harassment. We are committed to keeping our schools safe, supportive, and free from discrimination.
What You Can Do About Bullying…
…If Your Child is the Target
- Report the incident to your school's Respect for All (RFA) liaison(s) and/or school administration.
- Ask for the incident number from school administration for follow up. This is also known as Online Occurrence Reporting System (OORS) number.
- The school will investigate and must tell the parent or guardian of the target what they find. If needed, the child may be referred for support services.
- If the investigation finds that a student—or students—have been bullying or harassing your child, the school will follow the process described in the Discipline Code.
You can also report bullying concerns by:
- Submitting an online form
- Calling 718-935-2288
- Emailing the Office of Safety and Youth Development (OSYD) at RespectforAll@schools.nyc.gov
- Contacting the United Federation of Teachers Hotline at 212-709-3222, Monday through Friday, from 2:30-9:30PM
- If your issue involves gender-based harassment, contact our Title IX coordinator:
Sobia Mahmood, Esq.,
Title IX Coordinator
65 Court Street, Room 1102
Brooklyn, NY 11201
You can learn more about the procedures for filing complaints of bullying or harassment and the DOE policy in Chancellor’s Regulation A-831 and A-832.
You can also submit a handwritten report of sexual harassment or bullying complaints by turning one of these forms in to your school:
You may seek assistance from escalation staff to coordinate the completion of an open investigation of a complaint of student-to-student harassment, discrimination, intimidation and/or bullying (A-832 Complaint), including sexual harassment (A-831 Complaint) if:
- You believe school staff retaliated against you or your child for making a prior A-831 or A-832 Complaint at the same school; or
- Your child has been the victim of two or more A-831 or A-832 Complaints in the same school year that were determined to be material incidents (i.e., violations of Chancellor’s Regulations A-831 or A-832); or
- You did not receive a Notice of Determination from the school within 10 school days of the school’s receipt of the open A-831 or A-832 Complaint.
Please complete this form below and email it to the Family Support Coordinator for the superintendent that oversees your school:
The list of superintendents and their Family Support Coordinators can be found on the Superintendents page of the DOE website. You can also find your Family Support Coordinator on your school’s webpage, which can be located with the Find A School tool.
...If Your Child is the Bully
Involve your child in making amends or repairing the situation. The goal is to help them see how their actions affect others. For example, your child can:
- Write a letter apologizing to the student who was bullied.
- Do a good deed for the person who was bullied or for others in your community.
- Clean up, repair, or pay for any property they damaged.
- Speak with their school counselor or administrator.
Work with your child’s school if you think additional referrals or resources are needed.
Sometimes children bully to fit in. Your child can benefit from participating in positive activities. Involvement in sports and clubs can enable him/her to take leadership roles and make friends without feeling the need to bully.
Other times kids act out because something else—issues at home, abuse, stress—is going on in their lives. They also may have been bullied. These kids may be in need of additional support, such as mental health services.
- John Doe # 1, et al. v. New York City Department of Education, 16-CV-1684(NGG)(RLM) Report for Fall Semester 2019-2020
- Kognito - provides an online training, "Respect for All, Building Respect: RFTA Conversation Skills"
- PACER Center - provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students.
- STOMP Out Bullying: End the hate, Change the Culture - Is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing culture for all students.
- NYC Teen - Learn about dealing with peer pressure, bullying, depression, and anger.
- StopBullying.gov - provides information from various government agencies on
- Public Broadcasting System (PBS)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ability Path: Support for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services
Race or Religion
- Challenging Biased Language: Strategies and resources for everyone to help challenge bigoted and offensive remarks to ensure dignity and respect for all people.
- Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF): Educate Asian Pacific American parents in their preferred languages on their rights, responsibilities, and opportunities to attain services within the school system.
- Muslim Community Network Develops the capacity of Muslim New Yorkers and their allies to fully participate in the social and political landscape of New York City.
- Sikh Coalition A: community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people.
- Teaching Tolerance: Offers webinars with guidance and great ideas, from their highly experienced teaching and learning specialists and from other educators in the Teaching Tolerance community.
- Unity Productions Foundation: UPF can work with Islamic centers, Mosques, and even educational institutions to host screenings and events dedicated to fighting Islamophobia.
- Lesson Plan on Antisemitism from the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust: This lesson plan defines antisemitism and examines anti-Jewish discrimination in Nazi Germany, emphasizing how Jews responded to this discrimination. This historical background leads into how antisemitism affects Jewish communities today.
- The Jewish Museum offers free admission to the exhibition Auschwitz Not long ago Not far away as well as our other exhibitions to all NYC public school students and up to three members of their families at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan. More information at mjhnyc.org/doefamilies.
Sexual Orientation or Gender
This site offers girls reliable, useful information on health and well-being. We cover hundreds of topics, from getting your period to stopping bullies, and from getting fit to preventing sexually transmitted infections. We make our pages clear and fun, and we make sure to answer key questions girls ask. Girlshealth.gov is committed to empowering girls to create strong, positive relationships and happy, healthy futures.
Hetrick Martin Institute
Hetrick-Martin creates safe and supportive environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families.
CAMBA takes a comprehensive approach to helping individuals, families and communities thrive, offering integrated programs.
Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays of NYC
PFLAG NYC’s mission is to create a better future for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and adults through a partnership of parents, allies, and LGBT people.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project offers support to LGBTQ students.
- The Trevor Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 866-488-7386 is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Cyberbullying Research Center
- Cyberbullying Fact Sheet: What you need to know about online aggression
Resources for LGBT Students and their Friends:
- Respect for All Handouts, teachers may post posters or handout brochures in school with tips about Respect For All. The text of those handouts is reprinted here in an easy-to-read way.