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Respect for All: Preventing and Addressing Student-to-Student Discrimination, Sexual and Other Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

Respect for All Week

During Respect for All Week on Monday, February 12 to Friday, February 16, 2024, schools across the city will have the opportunity to highlight and build upon ongoing programs to help students, staff and communities gain a better understanding of diversity. Schools may also start new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and focus on preventing bullying, intimidation, and bias-based harassment. Your child’s school is also encouraged to promote acceptance and understanding through theme-based lessons and activities.


What You Can Do About Bullying…

…If Your Child is the Target

Contact our Grade Level Staff
  • Deans, Assistant Principal & Counselors. 

Digital Citizenship

Parent Responsibilities


Student Responsibilities

Follow the rules

  • Follow all school and class rules for using technology
  • Act responsibly to all—both online and face-to-face
  • Collaborate in positive ways that help you learn
  • Use technology to support an inclusive school community

Stay safe

  • Only use accounts that belong to you.
  • Protect passwords—don’t share them with others
  • Don’t automatically save passwords on school devices
  • Don’t give out personal information online without your parent’s permission
  • Have permission from a parent before meeting anyone in person that you have met only online


Here are some basic things you should know about attendance in New York City schools:

  • Schools must take attendance to show whether a student is in school or not; it’s the law.
  • Schools mark a student as P for present or A for absent.
  • There is no general remote learning option this year. If your child is learning remotely because they either have been asked to quarantine or are enrolled in medically necessary instruction, your child will be flagged as “learning remotely” in the DOE’s attendance system.
  • While schools can mark an absence as “excused” for religious reasons, illness, or some other reasons, the excused absence is still an absence and must be part of the student’s record.
  • Schools must tell families when students are absent or late. They will make a positive call or outreach home. Does your school have the right information to contact you? Update your child’s NYCSA account with your current contact information.
To Report an absence at I.S. 228 please use the absentee form

School Counselors


Partnering with Your Child's Counselor

Counseling support staff can help to ensure your child’s success in school and in the future.
Know what to ask for at a conference with your child’s counselor.


  • Annamarie Fabbricatore, Social Worker, Grade 6
  • Estella Hernandez, Social Worker, Grade 7
  • Betty Tang, Guidance Counselor, Grade 8
  • Brittany Capriola, Counselor, Grade 6,7
  • Vincent Damato, Social Worker, Grades 6,7,8
  • Dr. Jennifer Opramalla, School Psychologist

LGBTQ+ Supports

The New York City Department of Education supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students, families, and staff across the five boroughs through a variety of policies and programs.

Guidelines on Gender

New York City Department of Education (DOE) has policies to maintain a safe and supportive learning and educational environment in all schools. To support this commitment, there are two new sets of guidelines for schools to affirm, respect, and support students’ identities.

Guidelines on Gender

Guidelines to Support Transgender and Gender Expansive Students


Immigrant Families

The Department of Education (DOE) and the Mayor’s Office are committed to protecting the right of every student to attend public school, regardless of immigration status, national origin, or religion. The United States Supreme Court has also recognized the importance of public education for all students, including undocumented students.