Special Events and Announcements

8-11th Grade Award Ceremony Letter 

Please click on the link below to view and enjoy the PRHS Grade 8-11 Academic Award Ceremony.    



ATTN PARENTS: To report that your child has tested positive for COVID-19 during non-school hours or weekends, please send an email that includes your contact information to COVID19@pearlriver.org 

Pearl River High School "4 Core and World Language Honor Society" Inductions video: https://youtu.be/MrY2NVjc1pM

Please see the following links to our clinical staffs' websites to read & learn about social emotional supports during this period of Distance Learning:

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19 -Please click on the link below for information  from the National Association of School Psychologists:  Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19

Calendar Highlights

  • Juneteenth

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  • Father's Day

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  • ELF & MS Faculty Mtgs

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  • HS-Paint the Wall Rain Date #2

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  • HS Senior Academic Awards

    rescheduled from 6/18

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  • District Admin Bldg

    School Board Mtg

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  • HS Senior Stroll

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  • HS Senior Class Picture & Graduation Rehearsal

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  • HS Graduation

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  • Last Day of School

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Spotlight on PRHS - Welcome Back & Gratitude Posters

School and District News

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    Mask Update

    June 8, 2021

    Dear Pearl River School Community, 

    The NYSDOH released updated guidance last night that no longer requires masks to be worn outside on school grounds, including during outdoor school sports. Our stakeholder feedback form issued yesterday overwhelmingly supported this change; 866 respondents agreed and 21 felt that masks should continue to be worn outdoors. 

    Effective today, Tuesday, June 8th, students and staff will not be required to wear masks outdoors. This includes during recess and physical education classes. Any student or staff member that wishes to continue wearing a mask outdoors will be supported.

    Masks will continue to be worn indoors except during meals.  Families with young children are asked to remind their children of the allowance to take mask breaks when they feel the need to do so, and provided they are maintaining six feet of social distance.  Mask breaks are available to all staff and students when they are needed for reasons of personal safety, or when continuing to wear the masks becomes intolerable.  

    All Pearl River Schools will follow a regular schedule today.


    Marco F. Pochintesta, Ed. D.

    Pearl River School District
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    6-7-21 Update on School Mask Requirement

    June 7, 2021

    Dear Pearl River School Community,

    In his press conference today, Governor Cuomo stated that the CDC is not changing their guidance for indoor mask use in schools. However, he will allow school districts to lift the mask mandate for outdoor activities at school. I am in full support of this measure. We are now waiting for an Executive Order or guidance from the NYS Department of Health regarding this change. .

    As part of this process, the Governor may require districts to receive stakeholder input and amend the District’s Re-Opening Plan prior to making this change.  Your feedback will allow us to move rapidly to incorporate this change.  We ask that you complete the attached form to let us know if you agree with the proposed change that would allow students not to wear masks when outside. This would include recess and physical education classes. Please complete the following Outdoor Mask Requirement Feedback Form by 5 PM tomorrow, June 8, 2021.

    Any student or staff member that wishes to continue wearing a mask outdoors will be supported.

    Please note that all of the other precautions that the District has implemented to mitigate against the spread of the novel coronavirus will remain in place, including the requirement to wear masks indoors except when eating, remain physically/socially distanced wherever possible, increased outside air flow/ventilation, hand hygiene, regular disinfection of high-touch and shared surfaces, maximized cleaning/disinfection protocols, etc. 


    Marco F. Pochintesta, Ed. D. 

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    Gov. Not Making Change to Mask Requirement Yet

    June 6, 2021

    Dear Pearl River School District Community:

    I regret to inform you of a reversal of the mask policy for schools.  A short while ago the New York State Education Department (NYSED) contacted school districts indicating that there has not been a change to the policy on mask wearing for schools. 

    Please see the following excerpt taken from NYSED’s letter to school superintendents received this afternoon:  “SED has been in communication with Executive staff regarding the attached letter from Dr. Howard Zucker, New York State Commissioner of Health. According to conversations with Executive staff, the intent of this letter was to obtain a response from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding differing standards for summer camps and schools; it has not changed any existing arrangements. Therefore, schools should continue to operate under their existing procedures until further notice. No changes have been, or will be, made by the Executive until after Monday June 7 to afford the CDC an opportunity to respond to the letter.”

    It is very disappointing to receive this notice after the Governor and Department of Health stated that they will make this change effective tomorrow. Please be assured that we will communicate with you as soon as we receive additional information. 

    All students and staff will be required to continue wearing a mask until the Governor and Department of Health make a decision.  Given the expectation for high temperatures during the upcoming week of school please be reminded of the allowances for mask breaks that individuals may take when they feel it becomes necessary for their safety.  Please talk with your children about this and encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity if they feel it is necessary.  Mask breaks can be taken indoors, or outdoors, provided social distancing of six feet is maintained.  

    The weather forecast calls for high heat and humidity tomorrow and Tuesday.  Understanding the difficulty this presents under normal circumstances, and the added challenge of wearing a mask, the District may initiate early dismissals.  Please be prepared for the potential of early dismissals from schools during these days.  We will monitor conditions at the buildings and make every effort to provide as much advance notice to families as possible.  

    Please know that I share your frustration and disappointment with this situation and that I intend to advocate for clarity and change with the Governor’s Office and the NYSDOH on this issue.  


    Marco F. Pochintesta, Ed. D.

    Pearl River School District
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    Change in Mask Requirement Effective Monday, June 7

    Dear Pearl River School District Students and Families:

    It was reported yesterday afternoon that Governor Cuomo is planning to remove mask mandates for schools, regardless of vaccination status, effective Monday, June 7th, barring any objection from the CDC. In a press release the Governor’s office reported that “New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a letter informing CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky of New York State's concern over the inconsistency in the CDC guidance between children who are unvaccinated at summer camps and the current rules for unvaccinated children at schools.” The letter further states that “New York State plans to align our school and camp mask guidance as follows. In both settings, as a minimum state-wide guidance: 

    • Indoors, mask use will be strongly encouraged but not required for students, campers, and staff/teachers/counselors who are not fully vaccinated. 
    • Outdoors, masks are not required; students, campers, and staff/teachers/counselors who are not fully vaccinated are “encouraged” to wear a mask in certain higher-risk circumstances. 
    • Both indoors and outdoors, students, campers, and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks."

    As of Monday, June 7th, we intend to fully implement the above guidance in the Pearl River Schools. We strongly encourage anyone not vaccinated to continue to wear a mask. However, we will allow students and staff to not wear masks if they choose to do so, especially with the warmer weather predicted for next week. Any student or staff member that chooses to continue to use a mask will be supported. All other precautions such as daily COVID screenings, and current social distancing requirements will be maintained until further guidance is received from the NYSDOH. 

    Should we receive notice that the NYSDOH changes course regarding this new position on masks, we will communicate that information immediately and adjust our practices accordingly.  


    Marco F. Pochintesta, Ed. D.

    Pearl River School District
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    National Technical Honor Society & Principal's Honor Roll

    Congratulations are in order!


    The following students have excelled in their chosen Career & Technical course at the Rockland BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) and have achieved recognition as either the newest members of the National Technical Honor Society and/or for earning the Principal's Honor Roll Award. We are so proud of their hard work and accomplishments!


    National Technical Honor Society: Brigitte Collins, James Costello, Sheila Fastoff, Wolfgang Hadeler, Christopher Kowalski, Paige Krummack, Kiera Kucher, Molly McCormack, Lauryn McGarvey, Brooke Ortel, Thomas Pittignano, Jesus Santiago, and Ryan Stapleton.


    Principal's Honor Roll:  Amanda Damon, Grace Dunleavy, Maija McGrath, and Jason Morocho

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    PRHS Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

    In the April 2021 U.S. News & World Report, Pearl River High School ranked #1195 nationally out of 17,857 high schools, with a score of 93.31, and ranked #115 out of 1,266 NYS high schools, the 2nd highest ranking in Rockland County.  Congratulations to our students and staff for this outstanding achievement!  Please click the following link to view the article:  PRHS Ranking by U.S. News & World Report

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    Capital Project Update Video

    April 28, 2021

    Dear Pearl River School District Parents & Community, 

    We are excited to share an update on this year's capital projects at Pearl River High School that have both transformed and enhanced our school's learning environment! The construction that has been done in PRHS serves to both inspire and support our current and future students' success. The high school’s new and improved athletic complex; freshly paved roads and parking areas; updated fine arts learning spaces, art room addition, and updated art and technology wing; redesigned library media center; renovated science rooms and instructional spaces in the math wing; modernized and spacious main stairway; and major safety features and upgrades are only the beginning of what the district aims to improve! Our capital project work continues at Pearl River Middle School as we look forward to the full renaissance of our district’s K-12 buildings! We extend our utmost gratitude to our Pearl River community and for their support as we continue to make improvements to our district’s school buildings with our students’ prosperity in mind. 

    Please click on the link below to view our capital project update video: https://youtu.be/PBR1PgsHQ5o. 

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    2021-22 District Calendar

    At the last meeting, the Board of Education approved the 2021-22 District Calendar. Two Superintendent's Conference Days are scheduled for Monday, August 30th and Tuesday, August 31st.  The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  

    The Pearl River School District calendar is based on 184 school days: 181 days of pupil instruction plus 3 Superintendent's Conference Days. In anticipation of emergency closings, we designate the following potential vacation days as snow make-up days: 

    2021-22 Snow Make-up Days
    Day 1 – May 26, 2022
    Day 2 – May 27, 2022
    Day 3 – May 31, 2022

    As a result of the NYS Regents examination schedule, the last day of school will be Friday, June 24, 2022.

    Please click the following link to view the one-page calendar for the 2021-22 school year: 2021-22 District Calendar

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    Reminder! Free School Meals for All Students

    The health of our students is our first priority, and that includes making sure every student has access to nutritious meals no matter where they are learning - remotely or in-person.  We would like to remind you that grab-and-go breakfast and lunch are free for ALL students for the 2020-2021 school year. Pick-up is at Pearl River High School’s Pirate Cove, Monday - Friday from 7AM – 10AM.   Please visit our Food Services webpage for more information and menus.

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    For Students: Chromebook Performance

    Our Instructional Technology Coaches have put together some tips that will improve the performance of your Chromebook. Please click the following link for information:  How to Improve the Performance of your Chromebook

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    Return to Schools Information

    Please click on the following links for important return to school information:

    Planning for Re-Opening Page
    Return to School Protocols (revised 1-7-21)
    Remote Learning Plan
    Contact Tracing Plan
    COVID-19 Testing Plan
    NYS COVID Dashboard

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  • King for a Day oratorical contest

    During break, a number of 8 grade students participated in the King for a Day oratorical contest. The students practiced and memorized a one and a half to two minute speech or poem exemplifying the African American experience. I am proud to announce that Rayhana Choudhury, Aleksandra Losada, Meabh McDonnell and Shenny Mejia Campos all received an honorable mention.  I am also happy to announce that Samantha Ares placed 3rd and David Ghorbrial placed 2nd among all the 8th grade students that participated. Congratulations to all on a job well done!

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Pirates’ Log

Welcome to Pirates’ Log & Pirate TV! 

Pirates’ Log is our high school newspaper. Pirate TV episodes are news videos written, directed and produced by PRHS Journalism Class and Journalism Club students.  

Check out Pirate TV on our YouTube Channel!

Visit the Pirate's Log webpage for past video episodes and editions.

Important Phone Numbers

Office Phone
Athletics 845-620-3943
Attendance 845-620-3818
Guidance 845-620-3811
Health Office 845-620-3819
Main Office 845-620-3800