Roberto Clemente School No. 8 welcomes students back to “affirming and engaging environment”

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Students in our area’s largest school district are back in the classroom. The new school year kicked off Wednesday morning for Rochester City Schools. News10NBC’s Patrick Moussignac spent the morning at Roberto Clemente School Number 8 where he talked to the principal about first-day expectations for students.

Before students started to arrive this morning, leaders at School Number 8 told me they would be welcomed into what they say is an affirming and engaging environment. Just after 7 a.m. parents and school buses started dropping off students at the school. They were met at the door by school staff who have been preparing for their arrival.

Lujaun White, chief of schools at Number 8 says with things getting back to normal, both students and staff are happy to be together again after the pandemic kept them separated for a good part of the last 2 years.

We also talked to School Principal Stephanie Thompson about what students can expect once they find their classrooms and teachers.

“It’s all about developing relationships, team activities, rituals, and routines. Really getting to know one another, and letting them know they are members of our team,” said Stephanie Thompson, principal, Roberto Clemente School Number 8.