RFHRHS Embraces NJ Anti-Bullying Legislation, Respect Towards All

October 3rd, 2011

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2011

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, like all other NJ schools now enforces an anti-bullying policy; which for RFH is only different in name. RFH has for many years held a zero tolerance policy with regards to incidents of bullying, intimidation, and harassment.  What is different is that RFH is now participating in visible events that identify the school as a community of respect.

The first annual Respect Week will be held at RFH October 3-7. The week will be marked with special morning announcements from student leadership from school clubs and organizations like the Peer Leaders, Character Education, Student Ambassadors, and the Gay-Straight Alliance. At the close of announcements, positive songs highlighting respect will be played.

The week will be filled with a whole-school activity as well. “Respect Receipts”, small tickets students can give one another to acknowledge respectful acts, will be issued to students to award their peers for respectful deeds, and will be tallied at week’s end. A small award will be given to the student(s) with the most receipts earned in each grade. This event is also extended to the whole school staff.

Jason Lippart, the HIB Specialist says “that laws forced schools to be reactive, and the new policies encourage and support proactive measures. RFH has always encouraged an accepting environment, and the policies now confirm our beliefs and actions.”  Regarding Respect Week, Mr. Lippart acknowledges that marking our attitudes about respect with a formal school event “brings light to our behaviors, and supports them; it also allows us tie in events in a meaningful way.”

While the events are initially cordoned to this week, the School Climate Team will be running events all year long.

For more information, please contact:
Kate Okeson, RFHRHS Public Relations
908-347-2424  kokeson@rfhrhs.org

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