Schools' 'Respect Week' promotes amity

Respect is spreading through hallways of San Francisco Unified School District schools.

As part of “Respect Week,” many classrooms and schools will participate in ways to respect one another and focus on “diversity, tolerance, conflict resolution and bullying prevention,” according to district officials.

For instance, at A.P. Gianni Middle School in the Outer Sunset neighborhood, students will be encouraged to smile at one another all day Thursday. The school will also create a sidewalk of art, allowing students to create individual pledges of respect and play games, including guessing teachers’ smiles from up close.

On Friday, at Everett Middle School in the Mission Dolores neighborhood, staff will be “swearing and behaving badly” in skits to show students how reacting poorly in a situation could lead to more trouble.

Both events are part of the district’s participation in Violence Prevention month.

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