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Attendance, School Closings, Delays & Early Dismissals


Every day counts! The research is clear – absences hurt academic performance. While attendance rates at GCSD remain strong, ensuring regular attendance remains a high priority. The reason being, every student deserves a chance at success and every student should be developing good attendance habits that will serve them well as they progress to college and a career.

Students at GCSD are expected to attend school daily, arrive on time, and to stay in school for the duration of the school day. With that in mind, GCSD continues to be a “closed campus.” In other words, a student must have a valid excuse and be signed out by a parent/guardian to leave campus.

To ensure the regular attendance of all students, GCSD is committed to a multi-tiered approach that includes:

  1. Establishing positive relationships with students and families
  2. Recognizing regular and improved attendance throughout the school year
  3. Engaging students and families about the importance of regular attendance
  4. Monitoring attendance data on a daily basis
  5. Maintaining a supportive and engaging school climate
  6. Regular communication with parents and students regarding attendance trends
  7. Counseling of at-risk students

We are committed to ensuring all students attend school daily, and we thank you for your partnership in helping students realize every day counts.

Email the Attendance Office

For your convenience, GCSD parents and guardians can report a child’s absence, for any reason, via e-mail. Contact your school’s Attendance Office by e-mailing.

What to include in the absence email

The following items should be included when e-mailing the attendance office to report your child’s absence:

  • The student’s full name and grade
  • The e-mail author’s full name and relationship to student
  • A phone number where you can be reached
  • Whether the student is absent or tardy
  • The date of the student’s absence or tardy
  • A reason for the student’s absence:
    • Excused absences include: sick, emergency medical appointment, court attendance, death in immediate family, college visitation, religious observance, approved school activity
    • Unexcused absences include: overslept, vacation, missed the bus, wedding, no child care, no transportation, family visit, didn’t want to attend school

Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School: sas.attendance@gcsny.org

Goshen Intermediate School: gis.attendance@gcsny.org

C.J. Hooker Middle School: cjh.attendance@gcsny.org

Goshen High School: ghs.attendance@gcsny.org

School Closings, Delays & Early Dismissal

When inclement weather occurs, the Goshen Central School District may be forced to close, delay its opening or dismiss  students early. Information will be shared in the following ways: District Website.

Closings, delays and early dismissal information will be posted on the district homepage and the Closings & Delays page.

District Website

Closings, delays and early dismissal information will be posted on the district homepage and the Closings & Delays page.


District families and employees will be notified of school closings, delays and early dismissals via recorded telephone messages, emails and/or text messages through the SchoolMessenger notification service. Parents and employees will receive weather-related news via their selected contact preferences within the Weather Related Delays/Cancellations alert found in their InfoCenter. 

Learn more about how the district uses School Messenger.

Weather Phone Number

All weather-related inquiries, such as school cancellations, delays and/or early dismissals, can be made to (845) 294-2400. You will follow the voice prompts to find answers to your weather-related questions.

Local Radio Stations

Closings, delays and early dismissal information will be announced on the following radio stations:

  • WHUD, 100.7 FM
  • WALL, 1340 AM
  • WRRV, 92.7/96.9 FM
  • WGNY, 103.1 FM

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More Information

Please note that power outages may affect the district’s weather-related notification systems. Please check as many notifications as possible to see if schools are closed or delayed.

Please do not call the bus garage about closings. Those phone lines must be kept free for emergency calls; this can be especially critical in bad weather.