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.
RHCSD Reopening Guide is available on our website - click here to be redirected to the guide.
Recordings of the Parent Information Meetings - click here.
Letter to the Community regarding the Reopening Plan - click here.
Letter to the Community from Superintendent Janet Warden
Dear Red Hook Community:
My hope is that your families are all healthy and safe and enjoying the summer. Since my last correspondence, we have received guidance from the Department of Health and the New York State Education Department on reopening. These documents offer guidelines on the following educational areas: health and safety, facilities, nutrition, transportation, social emotional well-being, school schedules, budget and fiscal, attendance and chronic absenteeism, technology and conductivity, teaching and learning, special education, bilingual education and world languages and staffing and human resources.
Our task is to implement these extensive guidelines into a plan that meets the needs of our diverse community of children and maintains the safest environment for our students, teachers and staff. As a reminder, Governor Cuomo will make a final decision about reopening by August 7, 2020.
The decision making for districts has many complexities. The Reentry Team continues to meet to analyze possible solutions to many anticipated scenarios. While the task is complex, we have a diverse group of stakeholders offering support and direction. To ensure effective communication, we are building a reopening section on our website to offer information to families on the topics listed above.
I would like to thank the many community organizations and individuals who have reached out to offer support on our reopening. I will continue to provide updated information on our decision making. We are confident that we will put forth a plan that addresses the whole child.
District and Bulding Offices Open
Effective, Monday, June 29, all 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. 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.
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.