Our Mission StatementThe 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.Our VisionWe believe that each student reaches his or her full potential as a learner through well-designed instruction, passionate teaching, and a robust home/school collaboration.
2020-21 School Budget Vote Results
The 2020-21 school budget passed with 2,538 yes votes; 950 no votes. Results for the election of members to the two seats on the Board of Education are: Russ Crafton 2,271; Jennifer Munn 1,792; and Jenna Seeley 1,987. The district is grateful for the continued support from our community for our students and programs.
District and Bulding Offices Re-Open June 15
Effective Monday, June 15, all district and building offices will open for the return of 12-month staff. Buildings remain closed to faculty, students and 10-month staff. From June 15 - June 26, 12-month staff will be on site Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and continue to work remotely on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Effective, Monday, June 29, 12-month staff will be on site Monday - Friday, following regular summer work hour schedules until the anticipated reopening of school in September.
Appointments are REQUIRED for all visitors to our buildings until further notice. Please contact the person you wish to meet with to schedule that appointment. Facial coverings are required, disposable masks will be provided to visitors who do not bring one with them, and social distancing practices will be in effect.
If you have any questions, please contact the Superintendent's Office at 845-758-2241 ext. 55010.
Message from the Superintendent: Civic Engagement
Dear Community Members:
I am writing to reaffirm the Red Hook Central School District’s commitment to civic engagement in the form of non-violent protest. The events surrounding the death of Mr. George Floyd and the resulting outcry for social justice - in all forms - is something distinctive in the America character. It is a tremendous opportunity for students to consider diverse viewpoints, make informed judgments, and take action if inclined.
It is clear that strong emotions are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they can serve as an impetus for positive, systemic, and durable change. On the other hand, they can serve to divide, stoke fear, and breed resentment. It is my hope that these protests over issues of social justice serve as an example of the former and bring about a better appreciation for our common humanity during these difficult times.
Paul Finch, Superintendent of Schools
Board of Education Approves the Appointment of Janet Warden as District's New Superintendent of Schools
The Red Hook Central School District Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Janet Warden to the position of Superintendent of Schools. She will begin July 1, 2020. The Board would like to thank the whole community for its patience and participation in the search process. We feel confident that Ms. Warden will competently engage with our faculty, staff, students, administration and families during this unprecedented time of insecurity and change. She is eager to begin working with our school community. We are looking forward to having her join us in July.
RHCSD Board of Education
Ms. Warden has created an introduction message for our community. To view it, please click here.
Red Hook High School Has Highest Graduation Rate for 2019 in Dutchess County
Congratulations to our learning community! Red Hook had the top graduation rate for 2019 in Dutchess County at 96% for the class of 2019. Our graduation rate improved six percentage points over last year's rate of 90% and marked our second consecutive year of improvement. This achievement is the result of the hard work of EVERYONE in our system. Special thanks to the high school team of administrators, counselors and teachers, and Dr. Kitty Summers, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, for their commitments to helping students who need extra supports to get across the finish line. Well done, everyone!! For a story on graduation rates in Dutchess County and New York State, click here.
Message from the Board of Education on Pending Legislation Regarding Immunizations
The Red Hook Board of Education would like to express its gratitude to those who attended the Board of Education meeting, Wednesday, January 8, 2020. We value your time and dedication to the growth, health and well-being of all of our students.
Several members of our school community spoke during visitor recognition regarding mandates for compulsory HPV (human papillomavirus) and flu vaccinations that are currently under committee consideration in the New York State Legislature. The visitors in attendance at Wednesday's meeting were broadly split in their views. Some requested the board lobby the State Education Department to reject mandatory HPV and flu vaccinations should this mandate make it to the senate floor for a vote. Others urged the board to endorse the legislation.
All of the speakers were highly effective and quite moving in their speech. The board members were all affected by the personal stories shared and have profound empathy with the families who have been forced to make impossibly hard decisions in the last year, and for those who have witnessed devastating affects of disease.
As a whole, the board members have agreed to the following:
1. We, as individuals, do not agree on the issue of HPV and flu immunizations specifically.
2. It is impossible for the board to represent the entirety of our community with such widely differing views presented.
The board members are unified in stating that we will not campaign for or against this proposition; however, we do strongly urge everyone to participate in the process of reaching out to our legislators and State Education Department to advocate for the outcome that you desire.
Furthermore, we will look to the New York School Board Association for guidance and updates as more information becomes available.
While this may not be the desired outcome for some, we would like to again, authentically thank you all for coming to the meeting and engaging with us. We appreciate knowing what you are passionate about in our district.
The Board of Education
Say Something Anonymous Reporting System Available
The Red Hook Central School District is now using Say Something Anonymous Reporting System for students and adults to easily and completely confidentially report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies. Say Something is provided by Sandy Hook Promise - a national violence prevention nonprofit organization - focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) before it happens by attracting, educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others. Additional information about the program and the resources you need to report safety concerns are available HERE. Say Something does not replace 911 and should not be used in the event of an emergency or a crime in progress. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the system and how it works.
Employment Opportunities AvailableThe Red Hook Central School District is currently accepting applications for substitutes for the following positions: teachers, classroom aides, custodial workers, food service workers, and substitute bus drivers and aides. If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for a position, please complete either the non-teaching applicaton (for aides, custodial workers, food service workers, and bus drivers) OR the teaching application (for classroom teacher substitutes). Links to the applications can be found here.Once your application is complete, you may contact the following individual(s) for an interview:For substitute teachers: Mr. Brian Boyd (email@example.com), Dr. Katie Zahedi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Rob McKiernan (email@example.com).For substitute aides: Mrs. Erin Hayes (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Stacie Fenn Smith (email@example.com).For substitute custodial workers: Mr. Perry Sheldon (firstname.lastname@example.org).For substitute food service workers: Mr. Larry Anthony (email@example.com).For substitute bus drivers: Mr. Jeff Popp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Policies for All Employees for 2019-20 School YearIn 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.
Follow Us on Social Media
The Red Hook CSD is on social media! Find us on Twitter @rhcsd; Instagram @redhookcsd; and Facebook @redhookcsd.
SafeArrival is a new way for parents/guardians to report student absences. It replaces having to submit handwritten notes or contact your child's school attendance clerk to report MOST absences. The system requires authorized parents/guardians to create an account which then links them to their student(s) for the purpose of absence reporting. Effective April 24, 2019, parents of students in grades PK - 12 marked absent AND for whom we do not have a reported reason, will receive an automated phone call from the district regarding that absence. For more details about SafeArrival, please visit our Parent Resource page located HERE.
Board of Education Newsletter
Red Hook Central School District Board of Education members have created a newsletter to highlight what they've been focused on this past summer and thus far this fall. The newsletter, coordinated by board member Johanna Moore, is available as a PDF file by clicking here.
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.
Virtual BackpackClick 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!
Website Accessibility Statement
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.