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Riverdale High School Compassion & Inclusion Week

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Riverdale High School Compassion & Inclusion Week

The week of April 26-30 will be “Compassion and Inclusion Week” at the high school. Over the course of this week, students will be hearing from speakers, watching films, and taking part in a number of activities in order to learn about cyber-bullying, safe online behavior, mindful social media use, and interrupting harmful behaviors.

April 26-30: Student Schedule for Compassion & Inclusion Week

Sections highlighted in green are changes from normal schedule
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Two of these events will be open to community members and caregivers.
On Tuesday, April 27th, students in grades 9-12 will virtually attend a screening of the film The Upstanders and a speaker panel with Scilla Andreen, Jenn Burleton and Jahmar Rutherford.
The film and speaker panel will be available for community members to watch live from 9-11 AM on Tuesday, April 27th.  
Register here
If you are not able to join us live, a recording of the film and speaker panel will be available to community members until the evening of May 4th.  We will send out the link to access that in our Riverdale High School News and Riverdale School District News on April 29th and 30th.
From Indieflix Website:
The Upstanders explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. The film highlights new laws and programs already reducing bullying in schools and shows us how we can learn to make a difference together to create systemic change. 
This film was developed by the family of a high school student in Texas who died by suicide, so there is discussion of that content in the film.  If you would like your child to opt out, please email Abby Rotwein at and CC your child’s advisory teacher.  Read the biographies of the speakers here.
On Thursday, April 29th, from 6:30-8 p.m., there will be a virtual event on GoToWebinar for community members and caregivers with Dr. Sameer Hinduja.  The topic will be: Addressing Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Unwise Social Media Use: The Role of Parents, Youth, and the Community.
This presentation seeks to share evolving best practices that can be proactively implemented in homes and families to curb technology misuse.  Foundational information related to how kids use the Internet and their devices is first provided before examining cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social media use in detail. Practical strategies for identification, prevention, and response are then discussed extensively in a conversational format to allow for input and Q&A from the audience.  Attendees will leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for, and with numerous resources to assist them toward those ends.
To sign up to attend, please register here
Read Dr. Hinduja’s biography here.
We look forward to engaging in these events with the community and with our high school students.