Rochester Public Schools announces staff well-being days

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 4:20 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – On Tuesday, Rochester Public Schools interim superintendent Kent Pekel, sent a Thanksgiving email to parents and staff that outlined a plan to help teachers.

“We hope the Thanksgiving/Fall break this week provides some time for your family to enjoy time together celebrating the holiday or enjoying traditions, whatever they may be. I know this school year has been particularly challenging as we continue to navigate the pandemic,” Pekel said.

The message also included a Youtube link with Pekel thanking the RPS community, and the plan to allow staff to work on their well-being.

“We’re going to take four Wednesdays on the other side of the Thanksgiving break. That are going to be days where we are going to ask our families not to have students come to school. So that we can focus on staff planning to meet students’ needs during the pandemic, and well-being activities,” he said.

The dates are:

  • December 8
  • February 9
  • April 20
  • May 11

“These will be days that will not be decided from the district level. They will be days that the schools and will decide how to schedule,” Pekel said.

He also said that childcare may be an issue for some guardians during those days.

“We are also going to reach out to our community partners to try and encourage them to offer programming that can meet some of the care child needs,” Pekel said.

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