Gov Cuomo Closes All NYS Schools Through March 31, 2020; Rhinebeck Food Service Staff Feeds the School District's Children

We want to thank the Food Service Department for coming together this morning to provide breakfast and lunch meals for our students who requested them. Thank you also for your continued patience with the current State- and County-mandated school closures in an effort to address the spread of the coronavirus infection in our area. Governor Cuomo has now effectively extended the closure of our schools, as well as across the entire State of New York, for several additional days, through March 30, 2020.

That said, we continue to work tirelessly to prioritize and address related issues, updated here as follows:

School Breakfast and Lunch: We will continue providing breakfast and lunch for any student in the Rhinebeck Central School District for as long as this crisis lasts, and regardless of where they attend school (RCSD, private and parochial, home-schooled).

Effective this morning, March 17, 2020, the Rhinebeck school district is providing free student breakfast and lunch from Mondays to Fridays, on school days while schools are closed under the State and Dutchess County State of Emergency Declarations. These meals are available for students in the Rhinebeck Central School District area those families requesting them.

In order to participate and get a count on the number of meal required, we request that parents email the number of meals needed by 7:00 pm the evening before (but no later than 7:00 am the day of pickup) to the following email address: [email protected]  In your message, please include the number of meals requested and the names of those students needing meals.

Please note that no student family will be turned away if they didn’t email us as to their intent the night before or day of. The worst that could happen is that you may need to wait for your meals to be prepared, which should only take a few minutes. 

Meal pickup will be on a “grab and go” basis between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:30 am at Bulkeley Middle School/Rhinebeck High School in the student parking lot drop-off lane.

Tomorrow’s breakfast and lunch menu will be the same as today. We hope to have additional selections soon. Breakfast will consist of cereal, milk, fruit and juice. Lunch will consist from a selection of a turkey, cheese, or peanut butter & jelly sandwich, salad boat, fruit and milk. Please be ready to request your sandwich choice when you arrive for pick up or include in your message if you are requesting delivery. Please let us know if your child has any food allergies.

Please note that NO family requested home delivery today. However, the District has many generous offers of help to deliver meals if requested. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

If delivery is required, please include that information in your email, including the delivery location.  While we can’t guarantee delivery, we will make every effort to provide delivery of meals depending on the demand and the number of volunteers.

Building Access: Many parents and staff visited our school buildings today to retrieve student items that are needed but were left here when school was dismissed this past Friday afternoon, or to collect learning materials for use in providing student academic support. 

The administrative team will discuss the possibility of additional building openings for retrieval of items, on an as-needed basis, in consideration of maintaining social distance and flattening the COVID-19 curve. Please contact your child’s building principal to discuss your needs, if any, in this regard.  

Access to Technology: Our teachers have been working digitally with administrators and colleagues to plan on how to best provide student access to materials that can assist them to review, reinforce, and enrich their instruction. However, we are aware that many, though not all, students/families have access to the technology that may be able to support that access. As a result, we are in the process of making arrangements to loan mobile devices to students, and staff, on an as-needed basis. More information regarding sign-up for a mobile device will be forthcoming soon.

Related to that topic, we want to reiterate that Spectrum is offering free broadband and wifi for 60 days to households in its service area with K-12 and/or college students. We’re told that installation fees will be waived for new student households. To inquire or enroll, call (844) 488-8395. While we are not endorsing this service, you might want to see the link below and consider whether or not it might assist your households, if you have an interest.

Thank you again for your continued understanding, and for your patience and support, as we work through these challenges and conditions that seem to change constantly.


845.871.5520 - District
845.871.5520 ext. 5527 - Transportation
845.871.5570 ext. 6560 - Registration
845.871.5570 ext. 6551 - Special Education
845.871.5570 ext. 6560 - Curriculum & Instruction


Mailing: P.O. Box 351, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Physical: 45 N. Park Rd., Rhinebeck, NY 12572


845.871.5570 - Chancellor Livingston Elementary
845.871.5500 - Bulkeley Middle School
845.871.5500 - Rhinebeck High School