• Safety and Security Measures at Schools and Administrative Offices

    May 2022

    Dear Rochester City School District Families and Staff,

    The tragic events from the last few weeks have everyone concerned about school safety. We mourn the loss of the students and teachers in Uvalde, Texas and have been working with our counselors and the Trauma, Illness, and Grief team to provide counseling and support to those who need it.  I understand the fear our staff and students feel and want to assure you that the safety and security of our students and staff is our highest priority.  We are constantly monitoring and evaluating our safety protocols, engaging in drills with staff and students, and seeking out new resources to enhance safety. 

    To that end, please be advised of established procedures for visitors in our schools. They are in place to protect students and staff. All visitors must adhere to these regulations, or they will not be permitted entry.  No exceptions.

    • The school’s main entrance will serve as the single point of entry for visitors.  Visitors must report immediately to the school office and present photo identification to obtain a visitor’s pass.
    • Parents/caregivers must call the school office to arrange an early pick up time for their children and present photo identification upon arrival.
    • Visitors are subject to search of their person and belongings. Anyone refusing will not be allowed to remain on District property.
    • Any person asked to leave school property must do so immediately. Refusal to leave will result in police intervention.

    The District Code of Conduct applies to everyone in our school community, including students, staff, families, and community members. Aggressive behavior is never acceptable and will not be tolerated. Unruly visitors will be removed from the premises immediately and a report will be filed with the Rochester Police Department.

    Everyone has a role to play in the safety and security of our school communities. We ask that you be vigilant and report any suspicious activity at or around school grounds immediately by calling 585-262-8600.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Lesli Myers-Small
    Superintendent of Schools