Red Hook Central Schools

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Welcome to our teaching and learning community.


  • Our Mission Statement
    The mission of the Red Hook Central School District shall be to develop in its students the knowledge, intellectual integrity, and social consciousness to prepare them to accept the obligations and opportunities found in a complex society. The District seeks to provide a challenging educational environment that fosters and rewards the values of respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, and community service in all its members.

    Mark Your Calendars!
    The annual celebration of student artworks will be held Wednesday, May 9, beginning with a 4 to 6 pm opening reception of K-12 student artwork at Ulster Savings Bank; followed by a 6:30 to 9 pm opening reception at the Red Hook Community Center of art works created by Red Hook High School IB and AP Seniors. All are welcome to attend. 
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    Message from the Superintendent
    March 18, 2018 

    Dear Community Members: 

    I am writing to address the student walk out movement that occured last week. I personally support the sentiments of the movement. As the leader of a public school, however, I am charged with representing all students and all beliefs in an equitable manner.  It was a challenge at both the building and district levels to remain apolitical while using this moment as a learning opportunity for all. 

    School law allows for the freedom of individual expression to the extent that it doesn’t reasonably interfere with school operations or create unsafe situations. Allowing a walk-out beyond the confines of the school campus, without parental permission, puts the school district in the unenviable position of abandoning its responsibility for student supervision and actively promoting one set of beliefs about improving school safety (i.e., gun control) at the expense of other beliefs. That is an untenable situation. 

    For the above-mentioned reasons, we chose to work with students and faculty to develop a forum for expression about school safety and memorializing the victims of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. These in-school assemblies were seen by some as restricting the rights of students to protest in a manner they felt passionate about (i.e., assembling off campus). For others, these in-school assemblies were seen as violation of student rights to a “regular” day of teaching and learning. And, for others, the assemblies were viewed as thoughtful and tasteful accommodations for students who wanted to express themselves. 

    From my perspective, the events of this past week leave me more convinced than ever that we need to be building bridges between different groups in our community. Too many people are convinced that they have a monopoly on the truth. Too many people are talking past one another and thinking they have the moral high ground.

    I humbly suggest we redirect some of the passion for our political positions to building bridges of understanding between groups.  I truly believe this will make us all safer and happier. 


    Paul Finch, Superintendent of Schools 


    Policies for All Employees for 2017-18 School Year

    In its continued commitment to reducing paper consumption and making resources available in electronic format, the district is making the following policies for employees available in PDF format. Staff are expected to review these documents before signing the required acknowledgement form and submitting it to their building's main office secretary. If you have any questions about the policies, please contact the District Clerk Elena Maskell at 845-758-2241 ext. 55010. To open the policy, click on its name.



  • Closing/Delay/Emergency Information
    School delays, cancellations and changes in dismissal times will be posted on the district website and its Twitter feed @rhcsd, recorded on the message center (845-758-2241) and shared with area television and radio stations. Parents are advised to keep emergency contact information current by notifying the main office of your child's school if phone numbers or email addresses change. 

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  • MySchoolBucks Parent Portal
    The Food Services Department encourages parents to use mySchoolBucks, a convenient and secure online payment and parent information portal for cafeteria purchases. For more information, visit the Food Services' website.

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    Virtual Backpack
    Click on the backpack to be redirected to the school district's virtual backpack full of information for students and their families. You will find school events, lunch menus, newsletters, community events and more in the virtual backpack! 

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  • The Red Hook Central School District is committed to making this website accessible to visitors with disabilities. We are continually working to increase its accessibility and usability, and to conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

    If for any reason you cannot access any of the material on our website, please contact us and we will work to resolve the problem.

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