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  • 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.

    Message from the Superintendent - Rules Regarding Dogs on School Grounds 

    May 2018 

    Dear Community Members: 

    You may notice that we have recently posted "No Pets" signage on both the middle/high school campuses, and Mill Road school grounds.

    This decision followed many months of contemplation by the administrative team, the District Leadership Team (DLT), and the Board of Education. While most pet owners behave responsibly, we have had numerous incidents of fecal matter being left on athletic fields, recess areas, and other locations on our grounds.

    Additionally, there have been several reports of unfamiliar dogs (both leashed and unleashed) brought to school functions. It is our desire that participants and spectators at school-sponsored events feel comfortable and not have any anxiety over the disposition of unfamiliar dogs.

    We recognize that this new prohibition will necessitate a change in behavior for some adults. We trust that the community will understand this decision was made with the health and safety of our students and staff foremost in our minds. 


    Paul Finch, Superintendent of Schools  

    Good News Headlines!

    Looking for some good news about teaching and learning in our school district? Please check out the Headlines section below for articles written by teachers Stacie Smith and Aaron McCasland as part of their administrative internship experiences.

    2018-2019 School Calendar Here! 

    Policies for All Employees for 2018-19 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.


  • School Board Recognition Week

    October 22 - 26, 2018 is School Board Recognition Week. 

    Our five Red Hook Central School District Board of Education members - President Johanna Moore, Vice President Dawn Morrison, Maggie Rothwell, Jennifer Munn, and Kate Kortbus - dedicate an enormous amount of volunteer time to serving our school community. We are fortunate to have board members who take such an active interest in our students' success and the well-being of all staff.  Please take a moment to thank them!

    The New York State School Boards Association sponsors School Board Recognition Week to recognize school board members for their commitment to New York public school children. Recognizing school board member service should be a year-round endeavor, but designating one week to highlight these volunteers’ efforts ensures they receive some of the thanks they deserve. School Board Recognition Week is an opportunity to raise community awareness and understanding about the crucial role school board members have within a school district. Learn more about New York’s school board members in this fact sheet.

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  • Dutchess County BOCES will be seeking voter approval of a Capital Project. The vote will be held at 11 locations throughout Dutchess County on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from noon to 8 pm.

    For more information about the project and the voting locations, please review this PDF file.


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  • 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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