• Emergency School Closings                                                                                                                                                                       

    About Cancellations, Delays, and Emergency Early Dismissals

    The Poughkeepsie City School District understands that the decision to open or close schools in inclement weather deeply impacts our families. To this end, we take the decision to open or close schools very seriously. We consider a number of critical factors in making this decision. At approximately 4:30 a.m., the Superintendent consults with the Director of Buildings and Grounds, Fleet weather service, and other school Superintendents in surrounding Districts to make a final decision by 5:30 a.m. as to whether schools will remain open or close during bad weather. We want to ensure that our families have clear, accurate, and timely communication throughout the process. By no later than 6 a.m., the information is posted on our website, School Messenger is dispatched to families, and radio and television stations are notified.

    Our top priority is the safety and security of our students. When a closing or delay is announced, it affects all schools and programs of Poughkeepsie City School District, unless the closing or delay is due to an emergency situation specific to a particular building.

    School Messenger and District Website

    The School Messenger automated calling system will notify families of any delays or closings.  The District website will display any closing or delay information on the front page of the website.

    Please Remember to Update Your Contact Information to Receivie Important School Closing/Delay Alerts

    Radio and Television Stations

    Information about school closings will be provided to the following:

    • 92.1 Lite FM WRNQ
    • 107.3 Country WRWD
    • 96.1 Kiss FM WPKF
    • 1450 AM WKIP
    • 93.3 Star/1370 AM WBWZ
    • 99.33 Country WRWC
    • 101.5 WPDH
    • 92.7 & 96.9 WRRV
    • 94.3 & 97.3 WOLF
    • 100.1 WDST
    • 100.7 WHUD
    • 104.7 WSPK
    • 101.5/106.7/97.7 WPDH
    • 100.7 FM WHUD
    • 1260 AM WBNR
    • 1420 AM WLNA
    • 107.1 FM WXPX
    • 92.9 FM WBPM
    • WRNN-TV
    • WNBC-TV Channel 4
    • WNYW-Fox TV Channel 5
    • WABC-TV Channel 7

    Emergency Early Dismissals

    The District makes every effort to avoid emergency early dismissals. In the event of an emergency early dismissal, no elementary, middle or high school student will be released until contact has been made with a parent or approved emergency contact person. Therefore, it is very important that all students’ emergency cards have accurate and updated information. Student emergency cards should be updated annually and whenever contact information changes.

    Cancellation of After-School Activities

    Information about cancellation of after-school activities will be shared via School Messenger and the PCSD and school websites.

    Questions, Comments, Concerns, Compliments

    Please raise any questions, comments or concerns with Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Cheryl Rabinowitz, directly at crabonowitz@poughkeepsieschools.org.

    Record of 2019-2020 Delays/Cancellations

    • 03/27/2020: Closed (Due to COVID-19)
    • 03/26/2020: Closed (Due to COVID-19)
    • 03/16/2020: Closed (Due to COVID-19)
    • 02/10/2020: 2-Hour Delay
    • 12/18/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 12/17/2019: Closed
    • 12/11/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 12/03/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 12/02/2019: Closed
    • 11/19/2019: 2-Hour Delay

    If more than 5 emergency days are used, the make-up days will be as follows:

    • If One Day: April 6, 2020
    • If Two Days: April 6 and April 7, 2020 
    • If Three Days: April 6,  April 7 and April 8, 2020
    • If Four Days: April 6,  April 7,  April 8 and April 9, 2020
    • If Five Days:  April 6,  April 7,  April 8, April 9 and April 13, 2020

    Record of 2018-2019 Delays/Cancellations

    • 03/04/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 03/01/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 02/21/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 02/13/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 02/12/2019: Closed
    • 01/31/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 01/30/2019: Closed
    • 01/29/2019: Closed
    • 01/22/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 01/18/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 01/08/2019: 2-Hour Delay
    • 11/16/2018: Closed