• 24/7 Respect: FAQ for School Districts

    Why should our district implement the 24/7 Respect program?

    24/7 Respect is a free, engaging approach to teaching middle and high school students how to prevent and address student-on-student bias-based incidents and sexual misconduct both during and outside of school.

    When students understand their rights and responsibilities, they are more likely to think before they act, and to speak up when they know something is not right. 24/7 Respect provides a short student-centered video and user-friendly guide for one or more class periods that empowers students to actively make better choices, and report concerns to designated school personnel. 24/7 Respect spurs open, relevant, engaging conversations that cultivate safe and welcoming schools for all.

    Will the curriculum work for our middle and high school students?

    Yes! The video and lesson plan are co-created with young people, so the scenarios and discussion guide are current, realistic, and speak directly to their daily experiences. Educators and administrators may also choose to tailor the lesson plans to meet their students' needs. For example, a school might want to focus on racial bias or on "sexting" if they have noticed an increase in a specific type of misconduct. Educators and administrators will also have access to a week's worth of optional supplementary programming and resources.

    How much does 24/7 Respect cost?

    24/7 Respect is free! All schools and districts will have unlimited access to the video and grade-level lesson plans, optional programming and resources, and a step-by-step implementation guide. 24/7 Respect is sponsored by the Boston Public Schools Office of Equity, Novo Foundation, Teaching Tolerance, and Eversource.

    When should we implement 24/7 Respect in our district?

    24/7 Respect can be implemented in your school at any point during the school year that will work well for your students and educators. 

    Will this be a lot of work for our school or district leaders?

    We are providing schools and district leaders with the tools and structure to implement the 24/7 Respect program. All partnering schools and districts will receive:

    • Access to the '24/7 Respect' video in English and in Spanish through a YouTube link 
    • English video will include closed-captions in Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese
    • Grade level specific lesson plans
    • English language learner support guides
    • Special Education student support guides
    • Implementation guide for school leaders, including detailed rollout ideas and timelines, sample communications to families and staff 

    To sign up or get more information regarding 24/7 Respect, contact: 

    The Boston Public Schools, Office of Equity at 617-635-9532 or email bpsequity@bostonpublicschools.org