Prevention of bullying and discrimination is carried out in a myriad of ways in our schools:
- Anti-bullying messages are communicated and anti-bullying behaviors are modeled by our administration and staff at all of our schools throughout the school year. Our elementary schools have each picked themes (e.g. "Year of Happy," "Kindness Matters," "Year of Joy") from which to reiterate positive messages of desired behavior.
- All grade levels are taught from an anti-bullying curriculum. At the middle and high school level, this curriculum is delivered through health classes.
- The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act designates the week beginning with the first Monday in October each year as the Week of Respect in New Jersey. During this week, special activities and assemblies are devoted to anti-bullying strategies at all grade levels.
- The Cherry Hill Public Schools Cultural Proficiency Committee, made up of staff, administrators and students, works on curriculum and best practices to prevent discrimination.
- The Zone PTA Character Education Committee provides anti-bullying materials, resources and program ideas to all schools.
- Full time Student Advocates and Student Assistance Counselors are available to students at our high schools and middle schools to mitigate bullying and discrimination. Full time guidance counselors serve this role in our elementary schools.
- Peer leader programs at all of our middle and high schools are designed so that older students – under the guidance of faculty advisers – may mentor younger students about inclusive, accepting, kind behaviors toward others.
- High Schools East and West both have and Athletes Against Bullying Club, in which members work to eliminate bullying in their own schools and to spread the anti-bullying message to the middle schools.
- Every school in the District has a School Safety Teams whose role is to develop, foster and maintain a positive school climate.