Rochester, N.Y., police still are refusing to provide details of a street attack on a teacher the city’s school system two weeks ago. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says police will say only that it happened in the city's northwest quadrant in the middle of the day, and not inside a house. Police have provided no description of the attacker or attackers. Sgt. Carlos Garcia, a police spokesman, would not pinpoint the street where the incident occurred. “That information is sensitive to the investigation,” he said.
The sexual assault and attempted robbery of the teacher two weeks ago near the home of a student she tutors signsla a growing concern for the safety of teachers in the district's Home-Hospital tutoring program, the paper says. The attack is the third on a tutor since the beginning of school and by far the most serious. And teachers, their union leaders and school officials say more needs to be done to improve security. Pedro Maneiro, director of the district's Temporary Tutoring Service, said, “We are very concerned about the safety of our teachers.” Citing the latest attack, he said, “In my 12 years I've never seen anything of this magnitude.”
The Home-Hospital program is a bridge to students who cannot attend regular classes because of suspension, medical issues or because they are in jail. Last year, it served about 1,600 students. The faculty is made up of about 80 full-time and part-time teachers.
Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester Teachers Association, has presented the district with a list of 15 steps teachers and union officials would like to see put in place to improve security. Those include a mandatory intake process, which would verify information about new students in the program; district-provided cell phones; ability to request not to work alone when a situation is deemed unsafe. Teachers also want to extend “assault pay,” coverage that pays teachers’ full salary if they are injured in a workplace assault.