CARSON CITY Nev. – October 05, 2020
From October 5-9, 2020, public schools across Nevada will celebrate the Week of Respect. Proclaimed by Governor Steve Sisolak, the Week of Respect reminds us we all have a role to play in ensuring our schools are safe environments, where there is mutual respect for others and that bullying, or hostility of any type – whether physical or emotional – is never tolerated.
“Hostile environments, including bullying or cyber-bullying, interferes with a student’s academic performance as well as their ability to participate in school activities and will never be tolerated in the Silver State,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “This week reminds us of the importance of being respectful of others to ensure our schools remain safe environments to learn and grow.”
“The Week of Respect provides us with the opportunity to place a spotlight on the social-emotional development and mental health of our students,” Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Safe and respectful learning environments are absolutely necessary for students to meet their academic goals and graduate ready to succeed in college, careers, and civic life.”
School districts and charter schools have organized events and activities to commemorate the Week of Respect. Friday, October 9th, has been designated as “Get Your Blue On” day. Everyone is encouraged to wear the color blue to show unity and to also pledge to stand up to bullying.
During the Week of Respect and every day, the Nevada Department of Education’s Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment works with educators, students, and families to ensure all students and adults learn work together in safe environments where identities and relationships are valued and celebrated. In addition, students, families, and school staff across Nevada have access to SafeVoice, an anonymous reporting system used to report threats to the safety or well-being of students.
SafeVoice was established by the Nevada Department in 2017 to protect student wellness, prevent violence, and save lives.