District News

  • Student COVID Testing Location Change

    Pearl River School District is offering free COVID-19 testing (PCR nasal swab) for students currently enrolled in our District. This optional testing can be used for student COVID-19 exposures and for any required testing of sports athletes.  Please note that testing is not open to parents or children of preschool age.

    If you wish your child(ren) to participate in the PRSD COVID testing program:

    • COVID-19 testing is on Mondays from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM in the District Administration Office at 135 West Crooked Hill Road. Testing will be on a first come-first served basis.
    • Prior to being tested, you must register each child at the Testing Portal . When registering, be sure to select the option uninsured as there is no cost for this test. Registration should take less than 3 minutes. Please register with an email to access results.  The test is a very simple nasal swab; it is not a deep nasal swab.

    For more information, including the QR code to scan to register, please review Student Testing Letter for Parents.  If you have any questions, parents of students should contact their child’s principal while parents of athletes should contact Artie McCormack, Director of Health, Physical Education & Athletics.

    Pearl River School District
  • Return to School Update 8/6/21

    August 6, 2021

    Dear Pearl River School District Community,

    As we transition into the month of August, I write to update you on our plans for the reopening of our schools on September 1, 2021. You may have learned that the long-anticipated guidance from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) will not be forthcoming. New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker stated, “With the end of the state disaster emergency on June 25, 2021, school districts are re-established as the controlling entity for schools. Schools and school districts should develop plans to open in-person in the fall as safely as possible, and I recommend following guidance from the CDC and local health departments.” In addition, State Education Department Commissioner Dr. Betty Rosa informed school districts that CDC guidelines should be the basis of preparing for the 2021-22 school year.

    Despite the lack of guidance from the NYSDOH, I can share the following information with you regarding our plans for reopening. The Pearl River School District will return to full in-person learning for all of our students in grades K-12 on September 1, 2021. We will follow social distancing protocols of three feet wherever possible to accommodate all of our students in their classrooms. We will not offer an optional remote learning platform, however, we will support our students with remote learning in cases of quarantine.

    There are additional details concerning our return to school that still need to be addressed. In order to do this well and make the most of the opportunity to exercise local decision making, we will immediately reconvene our School Health Subcommittee to consider questions such as masking, temperature checks, daily attestation completion and surveillance testing for COVID-19. The School Health Subcommittee, composed of parents, school staff, and advised by our district physician, provided us with the protocols we followed for our reopening in September 2020. I anticipate that the work of the subcommittee will be concluded and I will have their recommendations on or about August 17th. Please expect an update from me at that time. 

    I look forward to welcoming all of our students and staff back as we enter the new school year.

    I am confident that we will have a great return and together we will make 2021-22 an excellent year for our students. 


    Marco F. Pochintesta, Ed. D.

    Pearl River School District
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Spotlight On Our Schools

Board of Education

 Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
7:00 PM

District Administration Bldg.
135 West Crooked Hill Road

Live Streamed: 
PRSD YouTube Live

For Agenda: BoardDocs

Capital Improvements Updates

Please visit our Facilities Management web page for updates on the capital improvements projects underway in our District's schools. 

SchoolMessenger Notifications

The Pearl River School District communicates with parents through the SchoolMessenger notification system in the event of school closings, emergencies and important timely information. The system communicates via phone calls, text messages and email to broadcast this information. PRSD parents are automatically enrolled to receive phone and email alerts from their contact data in their eSchoolData Parent Portal account. Wireless carriers, however, require verification that parents have agreed to receive SMS (text) messages. SchoolMessenger will send a verification code to a mobile phone number which must be replied to with a 'Y'. If a parent does not reply, they will not receive text messages from the Pearl River School District. Parents should verify that all of their contact information is kept up-to-date in their Parent Portal.

Community members can subscribe to receive email and text messages from the District by using the following link:  https://asp.schoolmessenger.com/pearlriver/subscriber.
These individuals must also reply 'Y' from their cell phone to SchoolMessenger's verification message in order to opt-in to receive texts. Please note, however, that most communication from PRSD is via email.

Notice for Microsoft @hotmail and @msn Subscribers:  Individuals with these email accounts have reported not receiving emails from the Pearl River School District. Please designate that these emails are "safe" by logging into your Microsoft email account and updating your settings as follows:

* Log into Outlook/Hotmail/Live/MSN from a computer workstation
* Click the Settings button (gear icon) in the upper right-hand corner of the page
* In the Search Outlook settings bar, type in "safe" and then select safe senders and domains
* Click the Add button
* Type in <<@pearlriver.org>> into the Add field and then press Enter
* Click the Add button
* Type in accounts.schoolmessenger.com into the Add field and then press Enter
* Click the Save button in the upper right-hand corner of this window
* Click the Close (X) button in the upper right-hand corner of this window

If you have any questions about these directions, please contact Microsoft customer support.

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