School districts statewide recognize the importance of continually fostering a positive school climate. The fundamental work being done to reduce violence and harassment, as well as intimidation and bullying (HIB) within the schools, is paramount, and aids in providing students with a safe environment in which they can attain academic success and grow as individuals. During both the Week of Respect and School Violence Awareness Week, school districts are afforded the opportunity to build upon their current work by delivering age-appropriate instruction to students on these essential topics.
Week of Respect – The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (P.L.2010, c.122) requires that the week beginning with the first Monday in October of each year (October 3-7 in 2016) be designated as the Week of Respect in New Jersey. To recognize the importance of character education, school districts, charter schools, and Renaissance school projects are required to observe the week by providing age-appropriate instruction focusing on preventing HIB.
Bergen Middle has many exciting events and activities planned for students to participate in. These range from watching educational and motivational videos during homeroom to dress down week.
- Monday – Team Shirt Day “Team Up Against Bullying” – Students can wear a shirt/jersey and jeans.
- Tuesday – Hat Day “Put a Cap on Conflict” – Students will wear their school uniform and bring a hat with them.
- Wednesday – P.E. Sweats Day “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” – Students will wear their P.E. uniform sweatpants and BASCS t-shirt.
- Thursday – Sunglasses Day “It’s Cool to Care” – Students will wear their school uniform and bring sunglasses with them.
- Friday – Blue Out – National Bullying Campaign Color – Students can wear blue shirts, pants, shoes, socks, etc. Any shade of blue will work! If a student dresses down, but is not wearing the correct color, parents will be called to bring a change of clothes.