What is Respect! 24/7?
Respect! 24/7 is an anti-bullying and civility initiative that provides professional development and resources for teachers and administrators to create safe, caring, and equitable learning environments. The initiative addresses such issues as cyberbullying, youth voice, digital citizenship, disproportionate rates of suspension and expulsion, LGBTQ and gender identity, suicide prevention, and youth mental health.
History of Respect! 24/7
San Mateo County Office of Education launched Respect! 24/7 after a San Mateo County Grand Jury report called on our school districts to update their anti-bullying policies to be more comprehensive and consistent. Every October, the County Office of Education recognizes Respect! 24/7 Month and hosts a countywide conference to help districts create positive and safe school environments.
Why Respect! 24/7?
All students are entitled to safe, orderly, caring, and equitable learning environments that promote academic success, school connectedness, and meaningful participation.
Students who are subjected to bullying, teasing, and other threats are at risk of experiencing long-term damage to their mental health, self-esteem, and academic success. By fostering a positive school climate, a sense of belonging, and social-emotional learning, schools can decrease student absenteeism, suspensions, substance abuse, and bullying while also increasing student academic achievement, motivation to learn, and psychological well-being.
A year of remote learning may have had the unintended effect of silencing our students. This year’s theme of student voice and choice unmutes our students so we can hear directly how we can best support them. Student voice is now more important than ever as we welcome students back to campuses.
All educators, including teachers, counselors, and administrators, are invited to attend this virtual conference. Learn more and register below. The first hundred registrants will receive a special giveaway!