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Dear RPS Families,

I am looking forward to an exciting school year as your Interim Superintendent. As I begin the new school year at Rochester Public Schools, I am thinking a lot about what we learned in the past year as we navigated a global pandemic. We have an amazing opportunity to build on the strengths the pandemic brought out in all of us and to address the longstanding problems that it also exposed. I believe that the most important thing we can do in the year ahead to build on those strengths and address those problems is to put relationships at the center of our work. It was relationships with young people and with each other that we missed most during the days of distance learning, and it is leaning into those relationships that will enable us to help students successfully reengage in our school communities. Building developmental relationships with all students will be critical not only to helping them learn the academic content and acquire the skills that they may have missed due to COVID-19, but also to helping them grapple with the profound issues of justice and equality that are being discussed and debated in our country and our community today.

We want all students to feel safe at school. This Student Handbook is designed to assist with inspiring, challenging, and empowering all students. It is closely aligned with RPS’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Model (PBIS). The teachers and the principal at your child’s school will explain the rules for the classroom, playground, lunchroom, and other building spaces. School staff will help by teaching the rules more than once when needed. They will call you if they need you to help your child understand the rules. The handbook explains the rules and what may happen if the rules are broken.

Please take some time to read this important document and discuss it with your children. Together we can help our students stay in class and school so they can take advantage of the many learning opportunities available to them every day. At the back of this Handbook you will find a form to complete, indicating you have read this Handbook. If you have questions or concerns about this Handbook or the supports we offer, please contact your child’s Principal or our Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at (507) 328-4300.


Mike Muñoz Signature

Kent Pekel
Interim Superintendent

First page of the PDF file: StudentHandbook2020-2021

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