Resources for Talking to Students about the George Floyd Murder Trial

  • The Rochester City School District community, like so many across the country, have been following the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd.  With a jury reaching a guilty verdict in the case, we know that our scholars are experiencing a variety of emotions. During many conversations surrounding recent violent events in our community and throughout the country, our scholars have expressed fear, ire, hurt, and confusion. The social-emotional health of our students is first and foremost. 

     We have compiled resources that will help all staff lead conversations in their school buildings and beyond.  The information can be found at here

Resources and Support for the Tragic Events in DC

  • The RCSD RocRestorative Team and schools’ CFY Teams will be available to support scholars and staff throughout these unprecedented times. Resources are now available for teachers and school staff to help support students and assist with classroom discussion in the days following the attacks on the US capitol. | View Materials

A Statement of Continued Violence in our Community

  • September 20, 2020 - 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. (Click here to read the full statement)

The Death of Daniel Prude

  • 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 (585) 262- 8584

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

    Crystal Clark, Director of Student Support Services (585) 262- 8276