The Rochester City School District Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a new amendment to RCSD’s code of conduct Thursday, which board members said would focus less on student suspensions, and more on providing students with additional resources, before they display negative behaviors at school.
“I think it thinks in terms of preventative intervention first,” Van White, RCSD school board president, stated.
Last year, the district created the Rochester Community Task Force on School Climate to develop the new code, after a report found RCSD students have been suspended at excessively high rates for minor offenses.
Several community groups showed up at Thursday’s school board meeting in support of the new code; however, some district officials warned that, in order for the changes to work, RCSD must follow through in its efforts to provide additional resources to students, such as guidance counselors and social workers.
“I am not satisfied with the level of resources they have allocated so far,” Rochester Teachers Association president Adam Urbanski stated. “But they have indicated that they will consider adding more.”
According to Urbanski, he is scheduled to meet with district officials Monday, to discuss the new measures.
In addition, although the school board said last week that it has recently selected a new superintendent for RCSD, board members said Thursday they are still in the process of negotiating a contract with the potential candidate.
The district has used a closed-door process to conduct its search for a superintendent.
Visit http://www.rcsdk12.org/cms/lib04/NY01001156/Centricity/Domain/16/Code%20of%20Conduct%2061416.pdf to view RCSD’s new code of conduct.