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Attendance Policy

Our first priority at HHS is education, either in the classroom or in other activities planned by classroom teachers. Classroom attendance is the first expectation placed on students by parents, teachers and administrators. A student in the classroom is part of the learning community. The student owes it to themselves to be present.


  • Parents must report absences due to illness and must give permission for all other absences.
  • Absence from the classroom without parental or teacher approval is a cut.
  • Missed class time may impact a student's eligibility to participate in their next co-curricular event. Without a goldenrod or doctor's note, a student that has missed class will not be eligible for co-curricular activities, even if they are are excused by a parent. Please see Co-Curriculuar Code of Conduct for more information.
  • If questions arise about how an absence or tardy should be counted, the decision will be made by the Associate Principal. Decisions can be appealed to the Judiciary Committee of Council.

Prior Notification Absences/Planned Absences
Notifying teachers prior to a planned absence encourages students to communicate proactively with their teachers. Students who complete the goldenrod process learn to communicate and manage time more effectively. As a result, students that have completed the goldenrod process are able to take part in their co-curricular activities.
In order to complete a goldenrod:
  1. A student's parent or guardian informs the Main Office of the absence indicating their approval.
  2. The student picks up the goldenrod form in the Main Office.
  3. The student brings the goldenrod to the teachers of the classes they are going to miss.
  4. Teachers must be given advance notice of an absence equal to the number of days a student will be missing. i.e. a one-day planned absence requires notification one day in advance, a two-day absence requires notification two days in advance, and so on.
  5. The student turns in the completed goldenrod form to the main office.

Day of the Absence Notification
The parent or guardian will call the school by 8 A.M. The number is 603-643-3431, extension 2000. An absence will be considered a cut if a parent or guardian does not notify the school within 48 hours. If a student is in school and feels too ill to attend a class or scheduled obligation, the absence will be excused only if the student reports to the nurse, or to the Main Office if the nurse is unavailable. Failure to follow these steps equals a cut.

A student is marked tardy if they arrive after the class' starting time. Parent may call or send in a note to excuse a student's lateness. Any tardy over fifteen minutes will be counted as an absence, either excused or unexcused.

  • The teacher will communicate with the student the first and second time they are tardy unexcused to their class and deal with the issue at the teacher/student level.
  • The Administration will meet with a student after three unexcused tardies in a quarter to develop an improvement plan.
  • After 5 unexcused tardies in a quarter, the Administration will may assign one or more of the following consequences: Communication with home, before school, Activity Period, lunch or after school detention, or a five day Schedule Up.
  • After 8 unexcused tardies in a quarter, the Administration will may assign one or more of the following consequences: Longer term schedule up, Open Campus removal, In-­School Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension.
  • Any other penalties for tardiness must be stated in the course standards.
  • If the teacher has not arrived ten minutes past the scheduled start of the class, students will send one person to the main office to explain the situation to an office staff member. All other students will remain in the classroom or in the hallway by the classroom. Students will use this time to work on whatever they choose, and they will wait in the classroom/hallway until an office staff member returns to the classroom/hallway and/or provides further instructions.

Lateness caused by school travel
Students will still be able to participate in co-curricular activities If school-sponsored transportation returns students to Hanover after midnight, these changes follow:

  • Arrival 12:00 - 1:00 AM: Student may miss the 1st period class but must be in school for the 2nd period class.
  • Arrival after 1:00 AM: Student may miss the 1st and 2nd period classes but must be in school for the 3rd period class.

Makeup Work
Absent students are responsible for asking the teacher what assignments or handouts they missed. Before a planned absence, the student will show the teacher a plan for making up written work that is missed, and the teacher must approve this plan. If the student takes a planned absence without a makeup plan, grades for late work may be reduced at the teacher’s discretion.

The student must complete work missed due to their absence. The student will be allowed time equivalent to the number of days missed, unless the student and the teacher agree to other arrangements.

Work assigned before the absence will be due on the scheduled date or on the day of return from the absence, unless the student and the teacher agree to other arrangements.

In cases of family emergencies, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control, deadlines for papers, tests, projects, etc. will be extended by arrangement between the student and the teacher. For example, if the student is absent due to illness and misses a two-day review for a test, they will have two days to receive and study the review material before taking the test.

NOTE: Individual course standards may contain additional attendance requirements.

Unexcused Absences/Cuts
Cutting a class at Hanover High School is a serious offense with serious consequences.An absence is considered a cut when it has not been excused by a parent, guardian or school staff.


Consequences for Cutting

  • The student will receive NO CREDIT for work done that day in the class(es) they missed. Any other academic penalty must be described in the class’s course standards.
  • The student will not be able to participate in that day’s athletics or in other co-curricular activities that have manageable attendance.
  • In a first instance, the Associate Principal will contact the student. The student will have a 24-hour period to resolve any misunderstandings with the teacher otherwise there will be a 5-day schedule up.
  • If the student cuts a second time, the Associate Principal will speak to the student and the student’s parents to inform them that the student has been scheduled up for five school days. The Associate Principal will remind them of the consequences for more cutting.
  • If the student cuts the class a third time, the student and the student’s parents will be notified and the student will be scheduled up for ten school days.
  • If the student cuts the class a fourth time, a hearing will be held to determine whether the student should remain in the course. The student, teacher, guidance counselor and parents will be invited to attend the hearing.
  • If the student cuts the class a fifth time, the student will be removed from the class with No Credit reported on the transcript.

Truancy is defined as an unexcused absence from school. Ten half days of unexcused absences in a school year constitutes habitual truancy. A half day absence is defined as missing more than two, but less than three and a half hours of instructional time. A full day is defined as missing more than three and a half hours of instructional time. For more information, please see Dresden School District Policy JH.

Excessive Absenteeism
Extended or persistent absences from class and school are detrimental and disruptive to the learning process and may have long term negative impacts on a student's education. Chronic absenteeism also denies students the opportunity to participate in school activities and events, and other beneficial social interactions. Students, their parents and the school have an obligation to minimize a student's absences from class and school.

In addition to the intervention process for addressing student truancy, the school shall also provide an intervention process from students who have extended or persistent excused and/or unexcused absences. When a student has ten (10) excused and/or unexcused absences in a school year the principal shall notify the student's parents of the total number of absences during that period of time and provide a copy of Policy JH. Should a student have fifteen (15) absences within a school year the principal shall request a meeting with the parents and student. The purpose of the meeting will be to identify the reasons for the extended or persistent absences and to develop a plan to address the cause(s) of the student's absences. When a student has a qualifying disability, the matter shall be referred to the appropriate education team. Should the intervention process fail to minimize or eliminate a student's school absences and a student is absent for twenty (20) or more days within a school year, the principal, after discussion with the parents, may seek intervention from appropriate state agencies, including court intervention. The procedures set forth in Policy JH to address student absenteeism shall be in addition to, and do not replace, any procedures required fro identifying students with disabilities or providing those identified students with appropriate educational services. See Policies ACE-R and JQL-R.