Carson School District has "week of respect" to help stop bullying

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO)- Per Nevada Revised Statute 236.073, Governor Brian Sandoval has proclaimed October 2-5, 2018 the “Week of Respect.” To go along with that, Carson City School District’s superintendent has made a Pledge of Achievement to ensure "consistent implementation of anti-bullying programs and practices in all schools and work environments."

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“The ‘Week of Respect’ is the launching of a yearlong effort to enhance a safe and respectful learning environment,” said Richard Stokes, superintendent. “One primary emphasis of the program is to ‘Be an Upstander,’ which essentially encourages students to stand up and take an active role against bullying.”

According to thebullyproject.com, an “upstander” is someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right. When an upstander sees or hears about someone being bullied, they speak up. Being an upstander is being a hero: we are standing up for what is right and doing our best to help support and protect someone who is being hurt. In many ways, this is another word for being socially responsible.

Throughout the week, class curriculum and social activities in Carson City will center on the five standards of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) while prompting students to reflect on and share personal experiences of what respect means to them, how they give and receive respect and how they react when they perceive they are being disrespected. Some of the activities include encouraging students to say hello to someone they normally would not speak to, or doing random acts of kindness.

The “Week of Respect” highlights skills and interactions that facilitate positive student relationships and empowers students to observe the impact they can make, simply by approaching each day from a place of treating others the way they wish to be treated.

Information about Nevada Law NRS 388.122-135 will be provided to students and staff so they know how to recognize bullying, how to report incidences when bullying occurs and the steps the district will take when allegations of bullying have been made.

“In today's world, it's important for our students to understand that we do not need to share the same opinion as others; however, we do need to learn to be respectful of other's opinions,” says Carson High School Principal Tasha Fuson. “It is our sincerest hope that the activities will bring that concept to life for our students.”

All week, student organizations and administrators will promote the culminating activity of “Get your Blue On.” All students and staff will wear blue Friday, Oct. 5, to show their commitment to being Upstanders, not bystanders.

In addition to the week-long activities, the Nevada Department of Education has developed a new live tip reporting system, SafeVoice, for school safety and student well-being 24/7/365 (24-hour, 7-days-a-week, 365-days-per-year).