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School Policies

Student Attendance

The Board of Education, administration, and faculty view class attendance as an essential factor in the academic process. For meaningful education to take place, students must be present in class and actively participating in learning activities.

It is the objective of this policy to encourage each student to attend school on time, for the maximum number of days and instructional periods possible. To achieve this objective, the District will use strategies such as positive attendance incentives and appropriate disciplinary and other consequences, as well as the integration of attendance standards for the purpose of conferral of course credit.

Written parent notes are required in ALL cases of absence or lateness. Parental cooperation is appreciated.


Elementary School

Parents of children who are absent are required to provide a reason by calling the Health Office at (631) 723-2125 between 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. or sending in a note. Administrators, the attendance office, and office personnel monitor daily attendance.


Middle School

Hampton Bays Middle School policies can be found at the beginning of every child's Agenda Book which is received at the start of each school year or at the start of enrollment. These policies are subject to change if necessary.  If you have any questions or concerns in regard to any policies, please contact the main office at (631)723-4700.

High School

Parents of students who are absent or tardy should call (631) 723-2117 prior to 8:30 a.m. The Board of Education recognizes that regular school attendance is a major component of academic success and an integral part of the student’s ability to meet New York State’s academic standards. Students must attend each class a minimum of 85% of the time in order to be eligible for academic credit. Hampton Bays Schools has a Comprehensive Attendance Policy which is available through the main office of the High School building.

Absence Limits

FULL YEAR COURSES (180 Days) – 27 absencesHALF-YEAR or HALF CREDIT COURSES (90 Days) – 13 absences


Summer School

Students must attend class a minimum of 80% of the time in order to be eligible for summer school.

Central Registration

Registration for all new entrants including Kindergarten students is held at the Administration Building located at 86 Argonne Road East. Proof of residency and all updated health records including immunizations should be presented at the time of registration and must follow New York State guidelines. If an adult other than a parent is registering a child, legal guardianship papers must be presented. Parents of children who will be age five on or before December 1st should call the District Office at 723-2100 to receive the necessary forms. Questions concerning screening of preschool-age children who may require special services should call the Assistant to the Superintendent for Student Services, Mark Pagano at 723-4700, x 2211.


Emergency Closing and Delayed Openings


The following media is informed of emergency school closings or delayed openings:

WALK 97.5 FM
WBAZ 101.7 FM
WLNG 92.1 FM
WRIV 1390 AM
News 12 Long Island
Channel 12

Announcements generally begin about 6:30 a.m.