• Emergency School Closings                                                                                                                                                                       

    About Cancellations, Delays, and Emergency Early Dismissals

    We, the Poughkeepsie City School District, understand 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. Our goal is to deliver on the promise of a high-quality, world-class education for every child, every day, in every classroom in the Poughkeepsie City School District.

    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

    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.

    Cancellation of After-School Activities

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

    Questions, Comments, Concerns, Compliments

    Please raise any questions, comments or concerns with Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Farrell, directly at kfarrell@poughkeepsieschools.org or by calling  (845) 451-4972.

    Record of 2018-2019 Delays/Cancellations

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

    • If One Day: May 24, 2019
    • If Two Days: May 24 and March 15, 2019 
    • If Three Days: May 24, March 15, and April 15, 2019
    • If Four Days: May 24, March 15, April 15, and April 16, 2019
    • If Five Days: May 24, March 15, April 15, April 16, and April 17, 2019

    Record of 2017-2018 Delays/Cancellations

    • 04/02/2018: 2-Hour Delay
    • 03/22/2018: 2-Hour Delay
    • 03/21/2018: Early Dismissal
    • 03/13/2018: Closed
    • 03/08/2018: Closed
    • 03/07/2018: Closed
    • 03/02/2018: Closed
    • 03/01/2018: Closed- Due to Social Media Threat
    • 02/28/2018: Closed- Due to Social Media Threat
    • 02/22/2018: Early Dismissal
    • 02/08/2018: 2-Hour Delay
    • 02/07/2018: Closed
    • 02/05/2018: 2-Hour Delay
    • 02/02/2018: 2-Hour Delay
    • 01/30/2018: 2-Hour Delay
    • 01/17/2018: Closed
    • 01/05/2018: 2-Hour
    • 01/04/2018: Closed
    • 12/14/2017: 2-Hour Delay