Parent Information

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Information for Parents/Guardians About School Emergencies/Drills

At the Hudson City School District, we strive to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff. To prepare for an emergency, we conduct a minimum of four (4) lockdown drills and eight (8) fire drills during the school year, some announced and some unannounced, per New York State Education Department regulations. Each school has a safety plan which includes orderly procedures that will help all students remain safe.

In a school emergency or drill, your cooperation and understanding will help to ensure the safety and security of your child. Click here to learn about the different types of safety drills as well as what you should do in the event your child contacts you during a school-related emergency or practice drill.


Parents' Bill of Rights

In accordance with New York State Education Law Section 2-d, the Hudson City School District provides the following Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security, which is applicable to all students and their parents and legal guardians. Click here to learn more.


Parent Portal

The Parent Portal is a free, computer based, online system that allows parents/guardians (currently of grades 7-12) to view their child’s attendance, schedule, grades and reports. Click here to learn more.


Public Relations Use of Student Photos

From time to time, school district officials may release student information (e.g., name, grade level, photograph, artwork, academic interest, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, terms of school attendance and graduation, awards received, future educational plans) for use in school district publications and within district web sites and district social media sites, or to the media for public relations purposes. We will never distribute private information such as addresses or phone numbers.

Parents/guardians who object to the release of their child’s name and/or photograph should notify their child’s building principal in writing on or before October 1 in any school year.

JLE Media Permission Form (Opt-Out)
MCSIS Media Permission Form (Opt-Out)
JHS Media Permission Form (Opt-Out)


Reporting Child Abuse

New York’s Education Law requires each public school to post information about the Child Abuse Hotline number. If you suspect child abuse or maltreatment, do not wait to report it:

Call the New York State Office of Children and Family Services toll free at 1-800-342-3720

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call TDD/TTY at 1-800-638-5163 or have your Video Relay System provider call 1-800-342-3720

If you believe that a child is in immediate danger, please call 911 or the local police department.

Reporte el abuso infantil

Las leyes de educación del estado de Nueva York requieren que las escuelas públicas den a conocer al público el número telefónico para reportar el abuso o maltrato infantil.

¿Cree usted que algún menor de edad es víctima de abuso o maltrato? ¡Repórtelo de inmediato!

Llame a la oficina de servicios para niños y familia del estado de Nueva York (Childen and Family Services – OCFS). La llamada es gratituita: 1-800-342-3720.

Si usted tiene dificultades auditivas, llame a TDD/TTY al número 1-800-638-5163 o utilice su sistema de retransmisión de video hablando al número 1-800-342-3720.

Si usted tiene dificultades auditivas, llame a TDD/TTY al número 1-800-638-5163 o utilice su sistema de retransmisión de video hablando al número 1-800-342-3720.

Si usted considera que el menor de edad se encuentra en peligro, por favor llame inmediatamente al 911 o la estación local del departamento de policía.

Community Sex Offender Information

From time to time the District receives notifications from law enforcement regarding the release of convicted sex offenders in the community. Should you wish to review this information, please contact the Hudson Police Department or Columbia County Sheriff's Office.


Request for Teacher or Principal Overall Score and Effectiveness Rating

In accordance with state law, all parents/guardians have the right to obtain the APPR quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for each teacher and building principal their student is assigned to for the current school year. Read more about APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review) here >>

Only the overall composite score (0-100) and rating (Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, and Ineffective) will be provided.

To request this information the parent or legal guardian must complete one of the following request forms and submit it to Dr. Maria Suttmeier, Superintendent. The form must be mailed or delivered in person. No electronic copies will be accepted. The person making the request can expect to hear from Dr. Suttmeier within 15 school days of the official written request.

Please visit the engageny.org website to access a variety of resources on APPR and the Common Core, including videos and print materials.


Stay Connected with LivingTree

This year, some HCSD teachers are piloting a communication platform called LivingTree in order to share important information with the parents of their students. Parents will be able to receive messages, photos, event notifications and more directly from their child's teacher. LivingTree even has instant translation for more than 40 languages! Learn more here >>

So if you see an email in your inbox from LivingTree it is not junk, it is from your child's teacher!