Contact Us

Nurse's Office -

(607) 844-8694 ext. 1454

Attendance Office / Registrar -

(607) 844-8694 ext. 1449

Main Office -

(607) 844-8694 ext. 1888

DES has been identified by the NYS Education Department as needing to develop a School Comprehensive Education Plan. Click this link to read our plan. This document has the action items that DES will be implementing.

Bus Pass Guidelines

If it becomes necessary for your child to be transported to a different location after school, please send in a note with the name and address of the drop off location, date, child's full name, teacher's name and include parent/guardian signature. Bus passes are issued for daycare purposes only. We do not accept bus changes over the telephone. If you need to change your child's drop off location during the day, please stop in the main office with a written note, send an email to Cindy Dickinson or fax Cindy at (607) 844-9449.

Bus Advisory Procedure

Due to extreme inclement weather, the Superintendent of the Dryden Central School District may declare a “Bus Advisory”.  The notification of a bus advisory will be transmitted to parents and students in the same format as emergency closing/delay announcements via TV and Radio announcements, as well as posting on the Dryden Central School District Web Site.
During a bus advisory, school bus drivers will not expect students to be waiting at the pick-up point upon arrival.  Students that normally walk to a school will be offered busing to their schoolThe bus assigned to a pick-up point will make a complete stop at the designated location.  If visibility permits, it is expected that students will exit their residence in time to meet the bus.  There will be a full and complete expectation that students picked-up at a stop will promptly exit their residence to demonstrate a presence and that the distance to the bus will be covered as quickly as it can be safely accomplished.
It should be expected that the bus, as it progresses through its scheduled route, would start arriving later than usual.  This may, near the end of the route become upwards to 10 minutes.  To maintain a basic schedule during a bus advisory, it will not be possible for bus drivers to wait for extended periods of time for students to walk up to .5 miles or for door-to-door pick-up.  Therefore, if the designated pick-up point is not at a residence but at a point separated from a residence, (at an intersection for example), it is our sincere hope that some type of protective measures will be taken by the parents/students to insure the safety and welfare of the students. 

Home School Connection

DES wants to keep our lines of communication open between home and school. Sometimes a parent doesn’t know who to turn to with concerns about their child’s classroom/school experience. Always start with the classroom teacher; S/he knows your child the best and will work with you to solve a problem. We recognize that some problems or concerns may be difficult to speak about with the classroom teacher. Trust that, when calm and respectful communication exists, there is nothing that cannot be solved. Your child’s teacher wants to know how they can make your child’s experience better!  If continuing communications with your child’s classroom teacher do not solve your concern, then feel free to please bring it to building administration. We can work with both you and the classroom teacher to come to mutual understandings and positive actions. In this way home and school communication is supported and positive.

Dryden School Age Child Care Program

Open to Dryden school children K-6 th grade, the Before School program (7:00 - 8:40 a.m.) and the After School program
(3:20 - 6:00 pm) offer supervised care every day that Dryden schools are in session. Half and full day care are often available
during school breaks. Drop-in care can be arranged with minimal paperwork. Children can be bused from Freeville and Cassavant
Elementary Schools with prior parent arrangement.

For more information, pricing and availability, please contact Joyce Chamberlain at (607) 844-9400 or email

DES Events Calendar



Dryden Elementary School is so fortunate to have such an exceptional Band led by Mr. Phillips-Burdge.  On Monday, December 11th, the Lion Band performed their Annual Winter Concert.  The cafeteria was a Standing Room Only crowd as many family members and friends gathered to hear students play.  Students worked hard throughout the Fall to prepare for the evening’s event. 


Mrs. Wilson and Mr. King would like to give a special thank you to Mr. Phillips-Burdge for all of his hard work in organizing this evening of music.



The North Pole came south to Dryden Elementary School on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  Santa and many of his elves from his workshop set up in the gym and the cafeteria.  The elves were busy selling and making many hand-made crafts.  Our own DES Green Team sold ornaments made from reused and repurposed materials.  The North Pole in the lobby of the school indicated you were in the right place!  Students were excited to work on Christmas crafts.  This is always a popular stop for students who are looking to create a homemade gift for friends and family members.  The book fair and Face painting were a “must see” in the gym as well.  Pampered Chef representatives were selling everything you needed to bake Christmas cookies except for the eggs and butter.  You will need to get those at Clark’s!  You could buy jewelry, crafts, bags, hair accessories and more in the Santa’s Secret Market.  Santa’s Secret Workshop was a fun-filled action packed three hours.  Everyone at Dryden Elementary School would like to thank our amazing PTA and their volunteers for getting in touch with Santa and organizing this festive day.  We know it was not easy to get Santa down here to visit our school let alone get all of his elves to organize games, prizes, crafts, and products to buy.  You guys are terrific!


We can hardly wait for Santa to come next year in 365, 364, 363, 362, 361, 360, 359 days-well you get the idea!


School breaks are a good time to reconnect. We often get so caught up in everyday responsibilities, we just do not have the time or  energy to make those special moments with our kids as often as we would like. School vacations can often create those opportunities. It is not money that is required as much as their caregivers’ individual attention doing some shared activity. Reading a book, going for a hike, going to the library, sliding (if there is enough snow). Have fun together! It’s not the activity as much as it is your attention.


The pace most of us live today makes truly attentive interactions rare; we are constantly multi-tasking. Our kids often end up with divided attention. We have all felt, at one time or another, when someone we care about gives us their full, undivided attention.  Really looks at us, listens to us and it is obvious that they love being with us. There is nothing that beats that feeling of belonging and being loved. Those are the moments that build a child’s’ self-worth. “I matter to someone.” It is a basic need of every human being. School vacations are opportunities to slow down a little and do some things together that we do not usually get to do with our kids.  Vacations are times that can allow us to ‘single-task’ occasionally and send the definite message to our children, “You are valued.’; “You are loved.”



Dryden Police continue to monitor traffic (Stop signs and speed) around Dryden Elementary School.  Please come to a complete stop before entering the parking lot and also coming out of the bus circle.  Please be aware of your speed when driving near the school and watch for those STOP signs.



School Hours

9:00 AM - 3:22 PM

Student arrival time is no earlier than 8:40 AM

Students arriving after 9:00 AM will be considered late and must sign in at the main office.

Entrance Procedure

Visitors to Dryden Elementary have an extra security step to follow before entering the building.  As you approach the main entrance, you will notice a “doorbell” mounted on the brick wall to your right.  You will need to push the button to alert staff to your presence.  Staff can observe visitors with a small video camera and also speak to visitors outside via an audio system. You will then be “buzzed” in and follow our normal procedures for signing in and picking up a visitor badge.

Please Sign In

For the safety of our children, all visitors to the school building must sign in at the main office and get a visitors badge. If you have an appointment with a teacher, if you are volunteering in a classroom, or if you need to be in school for any other reason, please report to the main office upon your arrival.
Please bring identification.

Student Pick-ups & Drop-off

All routine drop offs and pick ups must take place at the "old" entrance on James Street. Staff will be available in the school to assist young students in getting to their classrooms. No vehicles will be allowed in the Union Street bus circle from 8:00 am - 9:00 am and 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Violators may be ticketed. This procedure was developed for safety reasons. Parents must park in the parking lot at the end of Union Street. No vehicles will be allowed in the Union Street bus circle from 8:00 am - 9:00 am and 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Then, come to the main office and sign out your child. Wait in the lobby for your child to come to you. **Teachers will dismiss walkers from school. Please call the school office if you have any questions.

Books for Birthdays

Each day we celebrate students' birthdays by announcing their birthday on the morning announcements and having them come to the office where the Principal lets them pick a new book from our "Books For Birthdays" box and signs the book. Thank you to the Dryden Elementary PTA for donating all of the books.

School Messenger

The Dryden Central School District uses SchoolMessenger as our emergency notification system. The contact information in SchoolMessenger is pulled from our student information system, schooltool. Therefore, if you would like changes made to your SchoolMessenger contact information please contact the following people:

Michele Wendel at the Elementary School
Deb Perine at Cassavant
Mara Mitchell at Freeville
Patty Helms at the Middle School
Gail Piger at the High School