You are Welcome Here

"You are welcome here" written in multiple languages with a background of the world.


On August 20th, 2019 the Rochester Public School Board unanimously passed a resolution welcoming all students to our District. Below is the letter shared by the school board, along with downloadable resources for students, staff, families, and community members.

To All Our Students:

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year in Rochester Public Schools! Our School District wants to inspire, challenge, and empower you so you can reach your full potential and achieve your goals. No matter where you were born or what language you speak, we welcome you. No matter your skin color, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, economic status, age, ethnicity, culture, or ability, we welcome you.

We will constantly strive to provide a learning environment where you feel physically and emotionally safe, included, and respected. Our wonderful diversity makes ours a better, stronger, school system and community, and we call on everyone in the community to partner with us in supporting you. We’re glad you’re here!

Have a great school year!

SCHOOL BOARD ISD#535
Chair Don Barlow, Vice Chair Deborah Seelinger, Clerk Cathy Nathan, Treasurer Mark Schleusner, Director Melissa Amundsen, Director Jean Marvin, Director Julie Workman