On September 27, 2019, our District launched the “Expect Respect” campaign in every school. This action was supported through The Expect Respect resolution approved by the DPSCD Board of Education during the September 2019 Board meeting as a call to action for the District to foster positive relationships.
Superintendent Vitti noted at that time, “The Expect Respect campaign expands our Blueprint 2023 Priorities of Transformative Culture and Whole Child Commitment. As we improve our curriculum, expand the arts, and fully staff schools we cannot ignore that one of our most important functions is to develop active citizens who love and respect one another. The goal of the campaign is to create positive climate and culture in all schools. The expectation is that we treat each other with kindness, understanding, and respect one another’s differences. This campaign is designed to proactively and strategically build character and to emphasize the District’s stance on anti-bullying. Children and employees cannot reach their potential if they are mistreated.”
As we launch Expect Respect for the 2022-2023 school year, we will continue to focus on 10 character-traits for students to deeply study each month utilizing the Overcoming Obstacles and Pacers National Bullying Prevention Center curriculum, taught by DPSCD’s school counselors, school social workers, Deans and School Culture Facilitators. Students will be involved in formal lessons about communication, decision making, and goal setting. The Culture and Climate Leadership Teams (CLT) at each school will also assist schools in schoolwide activities.
Students are encouraged to report breaches in culture and climate either to a trusted adult at the school or anonymously report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at students, school employees, and schools through OK2SAY. The 24/7 portal can be accessed via phone call, text or email, and at www.ok2say.com.