Having personal resilience is one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves and our students.

Having a sense of emotional durability can help us sustain through times of extreme stress, hardship and uncertainty.


Although we have always known this, the challenges of recent months have brought into sharp relief how much more we can be doing for ourselves and for others. As an organization, we encourage staff to create boundaries and develop practices to increase their resilience and well-being.

It is important to RPS for our staff to feel happy, satisfied and supported in their lives. We recognize that life doesn’t stop once you step into the classroom, nor does your work stop once you leave school. We want to help you develop and practice skills to build your resiliency and balance the multiple roles you play in your life. This page has some jumping-off points to help you.

Employee Assistance Program

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The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential professional consultation and referral services to address any personal or work concern that may be affecting your well-being. You can receive up to three sessions per school year at no cost.

EAP counseling and consultation is available for work or personal concerns including:

  • Personal, interpersonal, and work relationships
  • Conflict resolution
  • Family issues
  • Adjustment to grief/loss or change
  • Coping with stress
  • Emotional or Mental health
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Chemical health
  • Work stress
  • Personal growth and development


Any employee in the district is able to access these services, free of cost.



You have an option of two providers for accessing EAP services. Please call and request to schedule an EAP appointment.

  • The Center for Effective Living, 507-288-5675
  • Family Service Rochester, 507-287-2010

Appointments are available weekdays in-person, by phone or video to accommodate all schedules. Evening sessions may be available. Call Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

  • You can meet with a counselor in person
  • You can talk with an EAP provider by phone
  • You can schedule a virtual appointment with an EAP provider

We Are Here to Help!

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If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, we have resources to help you.

During this time of uncertainty, we have created a resource line specifically for staff. The line is confidential and staffed by district-wide clinical mental health staff. You can access support by calling (507) 328-4976. If you need someone to talk to or aren’t sure what next steps to take, we are here to be a sounding board for you and to help guide you to the support you need.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Is it confidential?

Information will not be shared without your permission except when a mandatory crisis response is necessary.

Is there a cost?

No. This service is provided free of cost to RPS employees.

Is this therapy?

No. This is a brief, short-term support.

What are the hours?

This service is available during contracted school days from 9am-2:00pm.

Is it anonymous?

No. In order to receive services, we will need contact information.

Will my participation in this program be documented in my personnel file?

No. There will not be any documentation placed in your personnel file.


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