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Dear RPS Families,
I am looking forward to an exciting school year as your Superintendent. As we begin the new school year at Rochester Public Schools, we have an amazing opportunity to build on the strengths the past few years have brought out in all of us and to address the longstanding problems that have been
exposed. I look forward to kicking off this next year with our new Strategic Action Plan. As we launch the 26 strategic initiatives, we keep purpose at the forefront of our minds, purpose for students and purpose for educators.

Purpose means something different to every person who is a part of the Rochester Public Schools community. For some people, purpose focuses on a career while, for others, it focuses on a cause, and for still others it focuses on a community. But wherever people focus their purpose, having a purpose enables people to be proactive rather than reactive. Purpose also empowers people to prioritize what is really important and to avoid being drawn into debates and distractions that take them temporarily or deeply off track.

One of our purposes at RPS is for 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 not followed. While rules and expectations are not always popular, they help us put into words the types of behaviors that support a positive and inclusive learning climate and those that don't. With learning as our top priority, it's important that our school community agree to follow a set of behaviors most likely to help all members succeed.

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 in school so they can take advantage of the many learning opportunities available to them every day. At the bottom of this web page you will find a form to complete, indicating you have read this Handbook. Please complete the form and return it to your school principal or follow the instructions to acknowledge you’ve read the handbook online through Skyward’s student information verification. If you have questions or concerns about this Handbook or the supports we offer, please contact your student’s Principal or our Office of School Support at (507) 328-4300.

Sincerely,

Mike Muñoz Signature

Kent Pekel, Ed. D.
Superintendent Of Schools

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