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Family and Community Engagement

RPS is committed to providing quality education for every child in this district. We want to establish partnerships with parents and with the community, and we cannot do this work alone. 

Our mission is to educate parents and the community about the value of parent and family involvement and to provide strategies to support these efforts throughout the Rochester Public Schools. 

Contact Us:

Melissa Brandt 
Transitions and Fostering Connections Coordinator
(507) 328-4230 | Email

Success Stories

Each month during our District Family Engagement meetings, parents, administrators, community members, staff, and other stakeholders come together to share meaningful and exciting events happening throughout Rochester Public Schools.

Recent successful family engagement activities include:

  • Marvelous Moms, which is a special time for moms and children to connect to each other and with other Ben Franklin Elementary moms and students.
  • The APEX Recovery School hosted “Coffee and Conversations” to give the community a glimpse into our APEX recovery school which is designed to meet the needs of youth struggling with addiction.
  • Gage Elementary rolled out a Walking School Bus Pilot program which allows students in nearby neighborhoods to safely walk to school together. 
  • Gage and Riverside Elementary participated in the Heart of Dance program. This program teaches the values of respect, elegance, and teamwork in a well-organized, structured, and lively manner. The program not only welcomes all students, but expects them to demonstrate strength of character.