A Handbook for Students, Parents and Staff
The Hanover High School Handbook contains links to state and district policies, school practices and procedures and delineates the rights and responsibilities of membership in our democratic school community. All edits to the Handbook must be approved by the Council and the school administration and ratified by the Dresden School Board. The rules to editing this document can be found below. To submit comments or suggestions please contact a member of the Council or the administration.
Students are expected to follow the expectations spelled out in the Handbook and should review the following sections in particular:
• Academic Integrity Policy
• Acceptable Use Policy
• Attendance Policy
• Co-Curricular Code of Conduct
• The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notification
• Personal Safety
• Refusal to Follow the Reasonable Instructions of an Adult
• Sexual Harassment
Policies and procedures of the Handbook apply whenever school is “in session.” This includes any activity that takes place during the hours of 8-3 (8-2 on Wednesdays), any time students are on school grounds, school functions such as field trips, sports events, or traveling to a school event. Co-Curricular participants have additional responsibilities under the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct.
Rules for Editing the Handbook
Any changes made to the Handbook must be approved by the Council and the school Administration. Changes may be made at any time during the school year.
Approval will be officially recorded on the Motion Approval Form (see below). The content section of the form (the top half) includes the name of the motion, the exact language of the motion approved by the Council, the date of its approval by the Council, and the signatures of the motion’s author, the Council Moderator and the Principal. Motion Approval Form
Once fully approved, the Associate Principal and the Associate Principal’s Assistant are authorized to edit the Handbook to reflect these changes and required to share the edited text for approval by the Associate Principal, the Council Executive and a member of the Council Organizational Engineering Committee (OEC), or, in the summer, a member of the Council Leadership.
These three aforementioned parties then record their review and approval of the edits to the Handbook by signing the edit section of the Motion Approval Form (the bottom half). A copy is given to each signatory. If the motion necessitates an edit to the Bylaws, it is the Council Moderator, not the Associate Principal, who is charged with reviewing and approving the edits. The Handbook is also reviewed and approved by the The Dresden School Board each year, usually in the spring.