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Contained herein are the policy statements formulated by the Board of Education of the Sag Harbor Union Free School District.

Policy is defined as a basic plan of action. It establishes limits within which freedom of judgment can be exercised.

Policy is a governing principle of management. It is a statement that has an effect on the interests of those who come under its jurisdiction. A policy may originate from the constitution, from statute, from local determinations and/or from customary patterns of formal behavior.

Policy should accomplish the following:

  • a) State a position taken by the District;
  • b) Grant the authority to act;
  • c) Be sufficiently detailed to give adequate direction;
  • d) Be achievable within the real environment of the school and community;
  • e) Provide for impartial procedures.

In addition to the adopted policies, the operation of the School District is governed by and subject to all applicable Laws, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Civil Service requirements, Board of Education Resolutions, School Administrative Regulations and Contracts of Agreement.

If any part of this manual is made invalid by judicial decision or legislative or administrative enactment, all other parts shall remain in full effect unless and until they are amended or repealed by the Board of Education. The official record of the adoption, amendment, or repeal of the by-laws and policies of the Sag Harbor Union Free School District shall be the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Education.


In preparing individuals to develop their fullest potential for living in the society of today and tomorrow, the Board of Education recognizes that:

  • a) The young people who are educated in the Sag Harbor Union Free School District must be able to develop to the fullest potential, achieve personal satisfaction, contribute to society and respect themselves as well as others who are different. The human skills we teach to fulfill these aspirations should include knowledge of the decision-making process, the ability to clarify values, an understanding of group dynamics, ways of resolving conflicts and how to deal constructively with anger.
  • b) The educational experience must include the encouragement of creativity, logical thinking and the ability to use a system of inductive and deductive reasoning. Children must be taught to think, to integrate, to understand and to prove.
  • c) Students should gain complete mastery of the communication and computational skills - the basics - necessary to cope with the complexities of their future lives. Writing skills, language structure and reading comprehension must be emphasized.
  • d) Young people need to understand their heritage, both as unique human beings and as Americans. They need a sense of history, and understanding of our democratic government, our Constitution and our free enterprise system.
  • e) Young people must have the skills necessary to choose meaningful life work. They need to explore career opportunities, learn directly what different careers entail, and have the self-knowledge to measure their talents and shortcomings against many career options and life-styles.
  • f) Firm, understanding discipline, and challenge coupled with the experiencing of consequences in an environment where failure is accepted and growth encouraged should lead to self-discipline, the assumption of responsibility and an attitude of acceptance of differences. Students need to become intelligent consumers, to understand investments, financial management, economic systems and ecological concerns as they impinge on economic considerations.
  • g) All students must be challenged, accepted and educated to their fullest capacity.
  • h) The teachers and administrators in the Sag Harbor Union Free School District must be the best qualified, most humane and most creative people available. They must set high standards and inspire children to reach them.
  • i) A community should create the educational environment that fits its needs and aspirations. An open system that is responsive to its clients can only be better as a result of community involvement. Involved people should represent every segment of the community, not only Home and School Association members, students and teachers.
  • j) All of the ideals and programs of a School District must be regarded in the light of fiscal reality. Fiscal responsibility must be demonstrated in every decision taken. Financial fear must not, however, provide the blinders which prevent the vision that solves problems.


Consistent with the philosophy of education, the following are District goals and objectives. These goals and objectives, along with the philosophy, are to serve as guidelines for the educational process and the development of new educational programs for the children and youth of the Sag Harbor Union Free School District.

  • a) To Develop the Skills of Communication.

1. To provide programs which will enable students of all ability levels to develop to the fullest extent the various skills of communication - writing, reading, speaking, and listening.

2. To emphasize the progressive development of an individual's skills in the various arts of communication in all areas of instruction.

3. To develop a mastery of effective communication through situations pertinent to the lives of children and youth.

  • b) To Develop the Skills of Learning.

1. To provide an educational climate conducive to the development of skills of learning, such as observing, listening, inquiring, analyzing, studying, calculating, evaluating, thinking, categorizing and organizing.

2. To develop the ability to think critically, to interpret, to compare, to analyze, and to conduct research.

3. To develop the understanding that learning refers to growth of interests, knowledge and skills, and transferring these skills to new situations.

  • c) To Develop a Sense of Responsible Citizenship.

1. To enable an individual to become aware of and appreciative of decisions which have affected the course of history, the individuals and groups participating in them and the processes by which they have been made.

2. To enable an individual to recognize his/her responsibilities to society and envision the role he/she may play in it at the local, state, national and world levels.

3. To enable an individual to develop those skills of effective participation needed to carry out his/her responsibilities to society.

4. To develop an understanding and appreciation of democracy and the variety of roles each individual plays in the democratic process, and of the importance of respect for minority positions.

5. To assist in the development of character, ethics and moral responsibility necessary for useful and productive participation in society.

  • d) To Encourage a Self-Discovery of the Uniqueness of Each Individual.

1. To ensure that each child is afforded the opportunity to pursue his/her interests to the limit of his/her ability.

2. To maximize opportunities for individual initiative, independent study and personal creativity.

3. To provide a sufficient variety of opportunities for individual participation in which one may become aware of his/her own interests and potential.

4. To develop an awareness and understanding of the nature and extent of individual similarities and differences among people.

  • e) To Develop an Appreciation of Cultural and Artistic Heritages.

1. To stimulate an interest in and respect for the varied cultural and artistic heritages of our society through planned experiences of many types.

2. To encourage an appreciation of the cultural and artistic aspects of society and develop responsibility for building and improving our culture.

  • f) To provide a Basic Foundation of Knowledge and Programs to Meet the Varied Needs of Children and Youth.

1. To make available quality education in academic subjects, vocational education and special education.

2. To provide instruction which is developmental and sequential from grade to grade.

3. To encourage students with special talents to develop these abilities.

  • g) To Develop, Maintain and Foster the Physical, Mental, Social Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth.

1. To teach students the development of good habits which will prepare their minds and bodies for useful living in a complex society.

2. To provide students with opportunities to experience and appreciate the values of good physical, mental, and emotional health.

  • h) To Provide an Educational Climate of Flexibility and Adaptability for the Accommodation of Innovative and Exemplary Educational Programs, Methods, Materials, and Equipment.

1. To incorporate into the educational program appropriate changes in instructional methods and equipment.

2. To plan new buildings and plant expansions which are flexible and adaptable to changing educational needs.

3. To provide teachers with the opportunity to investigate and explore new and varied methods of instruction.

4. To orient vocational training toward job skills which will be adaptable to changing job requirements.

  • i) To Encourage an Appreciation of and Respect for the Interconnectedness of Everything in Our Environment and of the Fragility of the Earth's Support Systems.

1. To develop an appreciation of the effect each part of the ecosystem has on the whole.

2. To demonstrate that each individual has an impact on his/her environment, and a responsibility to the whole of existence.

3. To explore the limited nature of the earth's resources for supporting life, and to teach the skills necessary for conserving these resources.

  • j) To Provide Every Student, Regardless of Race, Creed, Color or Religion, Equal Access to all Curriculum Areas and Instructional Resources.

1. To foster and develop a deep respect for persons of different races, creeds, color, religion, socio-economic level or sexual-orientation.


The Sag Harbor Union Free School District in partnership with all members of the community is committed to equity in education; its mission is to provide students with a safe, child-centered environment which fosters personal, academic, and creative excellence. This will empower students to become responsible and respectful members of a global society. As life long learners, students will be prepared to move successfully to the next stage of their lives.


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