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Southampton School District Resumes Classes Monday; SATs Rescheduled

All district schools have power again.

Classes will resume at Southampton High School, Intermediate School and Elementary School on Monday, now that all three buildings have power back and phone service.

Busing, food service and other support services are back up and running as well, according to Superintendent J. Richard Boyes, Ed.D.

Southampton High School was the last to get power back and, because it housed the phone server, district phone lines were not working properly.

"I want to thank the community and staff for your patience and understanding throughout this trying period," Boyes said. "I lost my power, too. I’ve been through a number of natural disasters during my 42-year career, including the Great Ice Storm of 1991, when many upstate school districts were closed for two weeks as tens of thousands of downed trees wiped out electric lines. I truly empathize with your hardships and I hope that relief is on the way."

The SAT exams that were scheduled to take place Saturday at Southampton High School have been postponed till Nov. 17, a move that is happening regionally, as many districts are having problems getting tests delivered, Boyes said.

There is still no word on whether Tuckahoe School will welcome students back on Monday, though Superintendent Chris Dyer said Thursday that the aim is to resume classes as soon as possible, while weighing safety concerns. Sag Harbor School District, which has also been closed all week, also is yet to announce whether its schools will open Monday.

Our Lady of the Hamptons in Southampton and Hayground School in Bridgehampton also have been closed all week.

Westhampton Beach High School, where many Tuckahoe School graduates attend, resumed classes on Friday.

Ross School reopened Friday, and Bridgehampton and Sagaponack school districts did so on Thursday.

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