RCSD offering support to students after unrest

Updated: June 11, 2020 06:16 PM
Created: June 11, 2020 06:08 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester City School District says the recent events following the death of George Floyd, and civil unrest here in the city are impacting students.

News10NBC talked to School Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small to see what's in place for parents, and their children who are having a tough time with these events. 


Superintendent Myers-Small says the past few months have been trying times for both students and their families.

First COVID-19, then the death of George Floyd followed by violence in the neighborhoods some students live in. 

Myers-Small says she's been working with the Chief of Student Support Services Team. Together they set up places where families can go for emotional support.

"Again at the food distribution sites, if students said I'm struggling, they were able to actually physically go into a room with a mental health practitioner and have a conversation," Myers-Small said.

District leaders want to make this absolutely clear, the Student Support Services Team was put in place to help students, and their families deal with any type of event, not just what happened recently. 

Both the Team and District also prepared teachers on how to help students in need.

"If something is happening, or you notice a student is not participating in that Google classroom, our teachers, we gave them resources of being able to have good conversations with students, but this was impactful," Myers-Small said.

In fact, Myers-Small says the support system is currently seeing some success.

"Our students and families are checking in so I think we have seen a slight increase in students reaching out," Myers-Small said.

Click here if you and your child are looking for support provided by the Rochester City School District.

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