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.Important Update to Snow Day DecisionsEffective Monday, February 8, 2021:To preserve our educational program, we will pivot to remote learning instead of having a snow day effective immediately. From this point forward, snow days will be remote learning days for ALL students unless internet access due to power outages could be impacted by the weather. Our goal is to limit the disruption to our educational program as we still have weeks of winter weather ahead of us.Please be aware that ALL out-of-district transportation runs will be cancelled on days that we pivot to remote learning for ALL students.Broadcasts and postings regarding snow day pivots to remote learning will sent to parents, guardians, and staff, and shared in the district's social media channels and on its website.Thank you for your patience and understanding.Important Reminders for Our School CommunityAs we continue through the 2020-21 school year, we appreciate the vigilance of parents and guardians following the guidelines below:- If your child shows ANY symptoms of COVID-19, it is ESSENTIAL that you keep your child home.- If your child tests positive for COVID-19, you MUST notify the school immediately so that we can follow our contact tracing protocols. Please email the building principal of your child's school and/or the school nurse as soon as you are informed of a positive COVID-19 test.- If ANYONE in your household tests positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results, PLEASE keep your child home until negative test results are received.Questions? Please contact your child's school nurse. Their contact information can found HERE.Letters to the Community from the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools
Winter 2020-21 - Important Information Regarding Weather Delays, Early Dismissals and Closings
The district's hybrid learning schedule adds layers of complexity to school delays and early dismissals due to weather conditions. Please be aware of the following:
In the event of a DELAY:
-The AM cohort for Mill Road Primary and Intermediate Schools will be virtual from 9:30 – 11 AM. The PM cohort will be on a regular schedule.
-LAMS will be on a one-hour delay with arrival at 9:45 AM. Plan to be at your scheduled bus stop one hour later than current schedule.
-Red Hook High School will be on a one-hour delay with arrival at 11 AM. Plan to be at your scheduled bus stop one hour later than current schedule.
-The AM BOCES bus will be cancelled with the PM BOCES bus running at regular time.
-Remote only students will follow the same delay schedule.
In the event of an EARLY DISMISSAL:
Early releases are very challenging due to our bussing schedule; therefore, we will not be utilizing early releases unless there is an emergency. In the event that the weather forecast is unpredictable, the district will have a snow day and all students will pivot to remote learning.
In the event of a PIVOT to REMOTE LEARNING:
As of February 8, 2021, ALL students will now pivot to remote learning on snow days. The exception to this new protocol will be closures due to power outages that could impact internet access. Our goal is to limit the disruption to our educational program as we still have weeks of winter weather ahead of us.
Please be aware that ALL out-of-district transportation runs will be cancelled on days that we pivot to remote learning for ALL students.
Broadcasts and postings regarding snow day pivots to remote learning will sent to parents, guardians, and staff, and shared in the district's social media channels and on its website.
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.
District and Bulding Offices Are Open During Shifts to Remote-Only Learning
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:
Business Office: 845-758-2241 ext. 53010
Facilities and Operations: 845-758-2241 ext. 59010
Technology Department 845-758-2241 ext 59501
Superintendent's Office 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Katie Zahedi (email@example.com) or Mr. Rob McKiernan (firstname.lastname@example.org).For substitute aides: Mrs. Erin Hayes (email@example.com) or Mrs. Stacie Fenn Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org).For substitute custodial workers: Mr. Perry Sheldon (email@example.com).For substitute food service workers: Mr. Larry Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org).For substitute bus drivers: Mr. Jeff Popp (email@example.com).
Policies for All Employees for 2020-21 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.
COVID-19 Report Card
To view our district's COVID-19 Report Card, please visit:
New York State has created this website to keep parents, students, teachers & staff, and the public fully informed. The New York State COVID Report Card dashboard reports two distinct data sets:
1) Lab Reported COVID Data for the School District: All COVID-19 positive or negative test results for New York State residents 5-17 years old are reported by laboratories to the Department of Health. This data is matched to the school district within which an individual lives. This data reflects the number of COVID-19 tests and test results for students living in a school district. Note: Individuals 5-17 years old may attend a private or charter school in a neighboring district. Verification measures are in place to prevent duplicate reporting of lab results.
2) School District Reported COVID Data: Every school district is required to report COVID-19 test results for students enrolled in a school district, teachers, and staff to the NYSDOH daily. Schools acquire this information from the parent/guardian of a student, teachers, and staff, or the local health department as a part of the state’s contact tracing effort. Verification measures are in place to prevent duplicate reporting of school survey results.
NOTE: There may be discrepancies in the two data sets due to reporting lag times and other variables. These are two distinct and separate data sets, both designed to offer up to date information on testing, viral spread, and other relevant details regarding your school and school district. As more data is available, this will be reported on the dashboard.
NYSED Parent Dashboard Website
The Parent Dashboard is a user-friendly website created by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to increase transparency and make it easier for parents to find essential information about the schools their children attend. The purpose of the dashboard is to make school data, such as performance indicators and general enrollment details, easy to find and understand. Statistics such as enrollment numbers, average class size, test scores, graduation rates, school climate, demographics, and accountability designations will afford parents a transparent account of all New York State public schools. Designed with input from parents and other stakeholders, the dashboard provides information that is both illustrative and useful and serves the unique needs of parents and the public of New York State.
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.
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.