Statement on Continued Violence in our Community

  • Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small and the Rochester City School District offer their sincerest condolences to the families who are mourning the tragic loss of their loved ones, and heartfelt prayers to those in recovery, after the mass shooting on September 19 in the City of Rochester.

    Crisis Team members from the RCSD will be on hand on Saturday, September 19 to provide support to students the following R-Centers:

    • Adams Street R-Center - 85 Adams Street
    • Carter Street R-Center - 500 Carter Street
    • Thomas P. Ryan R-Center – 530 Webster Avenue
    • Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center – 485 North Clinton Avenue
    • David Gantt R-Center – 700 North Street

    “I am heartbroken over last night's tragedy involving so many of our children. I send my deepest condolences to the families of those we lost, and heartfelt prayers for those in recovery. Our community must come together to work on healing our youth who continue to be traumatized and victimized by these senseless acts of violence. I have deployed a group of Crisis Team members to the 5 open R-Centers today to offer emotional support to our students. We must take action to provide as much love and support as we possibly can. I will also be visiting the sites today.”, said Superintendent Myers-Small.

    Any student can visit one of those centers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our Counselors and Student Support Services team will be available for students throughout the school day and during the Social Emotional daily check-ins every school day.

    Additional resources for support are available in the Trauma, Illness, and Grief Resources on this website. 

A Statement from Superintendent Myers-Small

  • Words cannot express the sadness and hurt we feel over the tragic death of Daniel Prude.  This horrible act of violence against a member of the Black community happened right here in our home town. (Click here to read the full statement)

Welcome to the Division of Student Support Services

  • Welcome to the Division of Student Support Services. Our division is proud to serve the Rochester City School District, our students, staff, and families.  The Division of Student Support Services supports the District’s Vision and Mission by providing a continuum of programs and services to support the academic, physical, social-emotional, and management needs of students including those with special needs. The District’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, Department of Counseling, Department of Special Education, Office of Placement, Office of Parent Engagement, Office of Strategic Partnerships and Volunteer Coordinator,  Health Services, Primary Project, Community Health Centers, Families in Transition Programs, and the Attendance Department are all part of the Division of Student Services. 

    Our Student Support Services Division supports the mission of the Rochester City School District for diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe in actively include and value all students and to meet their unique learning needs while developing their understanding and respect of difference, thus preparing them to live in an inclusive, global community and world. We envision a district where every student is encouraged to achieve to her or his highest potential and we will maximize our differences to achieve excellence. We will fully embrace our rich, diverse community as expressed through race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, sexual orientation, nationality, origin, immigration status, language background and proficiency, and family structure.

    Parents and caregivers are integral school partners in the education of their children. We welcome your input and support.

    Division of Student Support Services Team:

    Melody Martinez- Davis, Deputy Superintendent of Student Support Services
    melody.martinez-davis@rcsdk12.org (585) 262- 8584

    Elizabeth Reyes, Executive Director for the Dept. of Equity, Inclusion & Social and Emotional Support
    elizabeth.reyes@rcsdk12.org (585) 262 - 8189

    Crystal Clark, Director of Student Support Services
    crystal.clark@rcsd.org (585) 262- 8276

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