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    The Peekskill Board of Education recognizes that regular school attendance is a major component of students' academic success.  Through the implementation of this policy, the Board of Education expects full attendance by all students, and to reduce the level of unexcused absences, tardiness, and early departures. 

    The Special Services Department has implemented a five point plan to improve attendance district wide. This includes an Attendance Matters Campaign and adopted the Attendance Works criteria for good standing attendance. 

    Please support our Attendance Initiative! #PresentForOurFuture!

    0-9  Good Standing Attendance 
    10-18 At Risk Attendance
    19-34 Chronic Attendance
    35 + Severe Attendance

    Click here to view our Board of Education's Attendance Policy.


    PSCD is committed to supporting the Whole Child. The Special Services Department oversees all social, emotional, behavioral and academic support services and programs. 

    Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

    Social Emotional Learning is the process of including explicit teaching of the five (CASEL The Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning) competencies below through everyday experiences, events and activities throughout the school day:

    -Self Awareness 
    -Self Management 
    -Social Awareness
    -Relationship Skills
    -Responsible Decision Making 

    Click here for more information on SEL. 

    Click here for PCSD's Monthly SEL "Commitment to Character" themes 

    Second Step 

    The District uses the Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum PreK-5. These are classroom lessons that teach students SEL competencies.  

    Click here for more information of Second Step.  

    Zones of Regulation:

    The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum that teaches students how to identify and manage their emotions in a positive way using tools and strategies. 

    Click here for more information on the Zones of Regulation.

    Classroom Performance

    Response to Intervention (RTI) is the process of early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs

    RTI teams meet regularly at each building to discuss students in need of support, develop action plans and monitor student’s academic response to the interventions to ensure that every student is getting the appropriate level of extra help. 

    • Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS)

    PBIS is used District wide to improve school culture through initiatives, campaigns and activities. 


    Guardians of Equity (culturally responsive)

    Culturally responsive educators recognize the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning, enriching classroom experiences and keeping students engaged in the learning process.

    Engagement & Family

    PCSD is committed to the collaborative and strength based process through which school staff and families build a positive goal oriented relationship.

    Click here to visit our Parent Resource Center page.


    PCSD is committed to the mentorship and development of all students. We currently have leadership groups on the secondary level to provide students with a variety of opportunities and experiences. 

    • My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) MBK is a public partnership of the United States Federal Government to promote intervention by civic leaders in the lives of young men of color to address their unique challenges and to promote racial justice. 
    • Global Girls Alliance is an afterschool group that is designed to empower girls to be their best selves through sisterhood, community service and mentorship.


    The Peekskill City School District’s mission is to ensure the overall health and welfare of our students in order for them to perform at their highest capacity. The McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State Educational Agencies (SEAs) must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.