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School Schedule

The School Day
The school day is from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. with the exception of Wednesdays when dismissal is at 2:05 p.m.


Delayed Opening
In the event of a two-hour delayed opening, everything will be moved ahead two hours. For example, a bus that would pick up a student at 7:00 will pick the student up at 9:00. School will not begin at 8:00 a.m., it will begin at 10:00. If a delay turns into a closing, an announcement will be made via automated phone call, as well as on local radio stations by 8:00. If schools must be closed during the school day, similar notice shall be given prior to dismissing students. If road conditions change after schools have opened to prevent the safe return of students by school bus, notice shall be given as such. There may be days when only certain roads are closed. In these instances school will be open.

School Closing
The Superintendent may close schools or delay opening in any or all schools at his discretion for such conditions as insufficient heat, communicable diseases, civil disorder, or when weather conditions prevent the safe operation of school buses on major routes. Notice of such closing shall be given as soon after 6:30 A.M. as possible via:


Class Periods
Class periods are either 40 minutes or 1hour and 25 minutes long on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 40 minutes long on Wednesday.Classes are expected to be in session for the full time specified. Students and teachers are responsible for keeping track of time and coming to class on time. There is a five or ten minute passing time between classes.

The Cafeteria is open from 7:45a.m. to 1:30p.m. each day. Lunch is 40 minutes long on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 50 minutes long during Council on Wednesday. Tuesday is Advisory Lunch. Consistent attendance is expected and attendance is recorded. Students may also: 
  • Eat during their unscheduled time.
  • Eat during their classes except when prohibited for reasons of safety or subject matter (e.g., chemistry lab, P.E. during exercise). In cases where a student demonstrates a lack of individual responsibility (e.g. leaving a mess), the teacher may restrict the student from eating in that class. (See below: Classroom Eating Standards).
Students may eat in the cafeteria, atrium, classrooms, resource centers, hallways, and outside on school grounds. Eating is not permitted in the library, auditorium, computer labs, or gymnasium. 

Classroom Eating Standards

  • During the first week of classes, teachers are encouraged to discuss standards for eating in class and to work with their students in developing a classroom-eating standard that meets everyone’s needs. These standards should then be included in the teacher’s course standards.
  • If the needs of an individual student or group of students conflict with the teacher’s standards, either party may ask for a mediator (a counselor, department head, or administrator) to help find a solution which is acceptable to both parties.
  • If mediation does not resolve the conflict with the assistance of a mediator, then the case will be submitted to the Judiciary Committee for resolution. Judiciary Committee decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Judiciary Committee decisions will not override the restriction on eating where the teacher demonstrates that eating might cause a danger to anyone. In all other instances, Judiciary Committee decisions will follow the usual procedures outlined in this Handbook.

Unscheduled Time
Definition: any time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. when a student is not scheduled for class. The first priority of unscheduled time is instructional; it is not “free time.”
1. Teachers are expected to utilize students’ unscheduled time.
2. Recommended uses of unscheduled time include studying; pursuing teacher-directed activities; eating; quiet socializing in designated indoor areas; working in resource centers or studios, and socializing outdoors in designated areas.
3. Unscheduled time is part of the school program, and students are governed by school rules wherever they are during this time.
4. HHS may provide additional structure for students who do not use their unscheduled time effectively. Individual teachers may assign students to a particular resource room to provide additional structure and support. Parents may make such arrangements through their student’s counselor.

Activity Periods
Activity Period is scheduled on Tuesday from 12:50-1:25 p.m. and on Thursday 11:10-11:50 during Lunch.  Council meets from 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. on Wednesdays. On occasion and with advance notice, an extended activity period schedule can be used on any day of the week for a special event.


Advisory is a mandatory part of the Hanover High School social emotional learning curriculum. As such, consistent attendance is expected. Students are expected to be with their advisory group during these times. Campus is closed unless the advisory group goes on a walking field trip as a group.

  • Advisory Lunch meets on Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
  • Advisory Circle meets on Friday 12:50 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Field Trips
For any planned absence, including field trips and sporting events, a student must inform their teacher in advance.