Rochester Schools: Making Healthy Choices

Rochester Schools: Making Healthy Choices

Wed, 12/23/2009 - 4:00pm - Thu, 12/24/2009 - 10:00am

WXXI News explores the unique challenges the Rochester City School District faces in dealing with students who become pregnant, or contract sexually transmitted infections.

Reporter Carlet Cleare looks at the increasing rate of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections as WXXI News continues its series of special reports on the Rochester City Schools. Cleare interviews Rochester City School District’s Young Mothers Program Coordinator Brenda Ellison and East High School Nurse Practitioner Kim Urbach. She also speaks with pregnant teens. The report airs Wednesday, December 23 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and again on Thursday, December 24 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on AM 1370.


All of WXXI's coverage on this topic, including report transcripts and audio, and additional resources can be found by clicking here.

On the morning of December 21st Rochester City School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard announced his strategic plan for the district. The plan seeks to realize the district's vision: "Every child is a work of art. Create a masterpiece.” But first the community must overcome some obstacles. An increasing number of kindergarteners are entering school with developmental problems.  The district has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state, and it's growing.  More and more students are becoming involved in crime.  WXXI's Center for Public Affairs presents a series of reports on public health challenges facing the Rochester City School District, and how these challenges impact the district's efforts to make each child a masterpiece.

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