Student Behavior Expectations & Policies
Hanover High School expects students to conduct themselves as responsible citizens. Students are expected to pick up trash without being told and certainly if they are told. Abusive or foul language is unacceptable; Hanover High School is a public place. Behavior in corridors, atrium, and other common areas that disrupts instruction or harms the school's generally positive atmosphere will not be permitted.
Open ridicule and verbal threats to other students and adults are considered harmful to the school’s generally positive atmosphere. We do not tolerate physical intimidation or fights as a satisfactory means of settling disagreements. Students who do not meet these expectations or who violate other school rules run the risk of having severe disciplinary sanctions imposed.
The administration and staff recognize that the contents of this document will not address all situations that may occur. When circumstances arise that are not specifically addressed in this document, the administration and staff reserve the right to determine an appropriate response. Any individual who does not agree with chosen actions or responses of administration or staff members may pursue an appeal process through the Judiciary Committee of Council.
- REFUSAL TO FOLLOW THE REASONABLE INSTRUCTIONS OF AN ADULT
- UNSCHEDULED TIME (MISUSE OF)
- USE OF OUTSIDE AREAS DURING UNSCHEDULED TIME
- LOCKS AND LOCKERS
- LOCKER CLEANOUT
- POLITICAL CAMPAIGN MATERIALS
- DELIVERING MESSAGES
- LASER POINTERS
- LOST AND FOUND
- Skateboards, etc.
- Cell Phones
Refusal to Follow the Reasonable Instructions of an Adult
Failure to follow the reasonable instructions of an adult presumes refusal to do so unless it is determined that there was legitimate confusion or misunderstanding.
1. May result in a suspension of up to three days. Parents will be notified.
2. When substantiated, a schedule-up to last not less than 10 school days and no more than the remainder of the school year, depending upon the nature of the offense.
Use of Outside Areas During Unscheduled Time
On-campus outside areas may be used for rest, recreation and studying. Outside use, however, cannot interfere with students and staff working within the school. On-campus areas for students are listed below:
- The soccer field
- The turf field
- The front lawn
- The track infield
The following regulations govern the use of outside areas:
- In front of the school, pedestrian ways, parking lots: playing ball, Frisbee, lacrosse, skateboarding, etc. are not allowed. These activities are allowed on athletic fields not in use by the P. E. programs of HHS.
- “Hacky-sack” is permitted in front of the building so long as that activity does not interfere with pedestrians.
- Athletic equipment is off-limits.
- Fire escapes may only be used as an emergency exit.
- Automobiles, motorcycles, etc., are off-limits (i.e., no sitting on or in cars, etc.) This includes student visitors as well.
- Parking lots: should not be used for unscheduled time activities.
- Students should keep all areas free of litter, particularly the front lawn.
Locks and Lockers
Lockers belong to the school. Lockers are “on loan” to students for personal use in direct connection with attending school. Each student is assigned a locker for storing clothing, books and school supplies; students provide their own locks. The school reserves the right to search lockers but will do so only when there is specific information related to illegal drugs, alcohol, stolen property or dangerous substances.
Each year a number of students report that personal belongings were taken from their lockers. Invariably, the lockers have been left unlocked or locker combinations have been shared. Students are strongly encouraged to do the following:
- Use a lock at all times.
- Keep the lock combination confidential.
- Use only the assigned locker. A student is financially accountable for all schoolbooks and responsible for messages delivered to their locker.
- Never leave valuables or large amounts of money in a locker even with a lock.
- Leave any valuables in the Main Office for safekeeping.
- Report the loss of any property immediately to the Office.
- If you hang anything on lockers, use blue painter tape.
Bikes should be left in the bicycle racks provided and not near the pedestrian entrances to the school. This is necessary because of the shortage of outside space and the need for clear access for service and emergency vehicles. Bicycles are personal property and are not to be tampered with. Students found responsible for vandalizing bicycles will, at the very least, have unscheduled time restricted. If serious damage or injury occurs, the matter will be referred to the Hanover Police Department.
There are several reasons why throwing snowballs is dangerous around a school:
- Snowballs can cause physical damage to persons and objects.
- Bystanders and pedestrians can be hit.
- A distracted motorist in front of the school could have a serious accident.
- Windows can be broken.
- Students can’t always predict where a snowball will land, how a “target” will react, or whether a snowball will hurt.
The consequences for throwing snowballs are as follows:
Formal, written warning and request that parents assist
Loss of unscheduled time for one week or other restrictive action if snowballs are thrown before or after school
Possible suspension from school; parent conferences at very least
Reports of students throwing snowballs at a moving vehicle will be turned over to the Hanover Police Department.
Passed by Council, 9 February 2001
Amended, 6 April 2001
Students, staff, and school visitors may have cellular phones and pagers on school property. The use of these devices must not interfere with academics or constitute a threat to health and safety.
Cell phones and pagers must be turned completely off during classes and in other places of learning such as resource rooms, the library, the Language Arts Lab, and the Computer Lab.
Cell phones and pagers should only be used in public spaces where students are allowed to congregate such as the atrium, the café, and the great outdoors.
Cell phones or pagers may be used in corridors; however, cell phone or pager users should be aware of the current handbook rule which states that “Behavior in corridors and foyers which disrupts instruction or harms the school’s generally positive atmosphere will not be permitted.
Cell phones and pagers must be turned to mute during any form of safety or emergency drill or procedure.
STUDENT ATRIUM EXPECTATIONS
- Choose kind language
- Refrain from:
- throwing things
- sitting on, lying on and putting feet on tables
- sitting on metal railing
- Sitting on stairs - except one area in pit has been approved
- Music is okay, as long as, the volume is at a respectable level and the language is clean. If the noise is bothering someone, please turn it down.
- Pick up after yourself - clean up the table
- Ramp in Atrium area shall remain clear for accessibility
- Backpacks may not be left on stairways or on access ramp.
- Backpacks and sport bags should be lined up tight against wall along Atrium
- Hacky Sack is prohibited in the Atrium. It may be played in the back hallway where restrooms and loading dock doors are located.
When in the Atrium….eat, study, play games, relax, socialize and have fun.
- Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
- Athletics Policies
- Attendance Policy
- Co-Curricular Code of Conduct
- Gender Inclusivity
- Personal Appearance Policy
- Open Campus
- Parking and Driving
- School Dances
- Solicitations by Students
- Work Permits
Acceptable Use Policy
Approved by School Board 5/2019
SAU 70 is fortunate to provide its students a variety of technological resources to enhance learning and support communication with others. The District’s technological resources allow students to participate in real time global events, collaborate with others, and extend learning outcomes beyond traditional outcomes.
The District intends to offer these opportunities within an environment that fosters safe, legal, ethical, and responsible use. The guidelines outlined in this policy apply to use of District equipment, networks, and resources on and off school property, and extends to privately owned devices that are used in conjunction with school systems. This policy governs both students and guest users on the use of school Network resources.
This policy also serves to meet or exceed Federal, State, and local laws and regulations as related to student technology use in SAU 70.
The term “Network” shall be interpreted to include any and all District owned computers, servers, any hardware or software, the District’s local area network (LAN), all wireless access points, the Internet, the District Intranet, self-contained electronic mail systems, and any other elements of the District’s computer, telecommunications or electronic communication/information systems.
Regulation of the SAU 70 Acceptable Use Policy is the responsibility of the building Technology Coordinators, the SAU Superintendent or their designee in conjunction with the individual school administrators. This body reserves the right to prohibit conduct, communication, or content which it deems harmful to individual users, to the school community, to the network itself, or illegal activity. In addition, this body may impose consequences for violations of the acceptable use policy based on the guidelines listed.
Students of SAU 70 are expected to abide by the guidelines delineated below:
Use of Computers, Chromebooks, and Mobile Devices
Computers, Chromebooks, iPads and all other devices at SAU 70 are for educational purposes. It is within a teacher’s purview to limit the use of such devices to support our educational goals. SAU 70 employs the use of third party applications to regulate and monitor technological resources for violations of this AUP as well as to protect and maintain a safe environment for learning. SAU 70 filters content in accordance with Federal law that has been categorized as bullying, pornographic, obscene, illegal, terroristic, profane, or harassing. Content filters are managed by the District Technology Director and can be manipulated to accommodate instructional goals as needed at each individual school.
Social media refers to online tools and services that allow any Internet user to create and publish content. Many of these sites use personal profiles where users post information about themselves. Social media allows those with common interests to share content easily, expanding the reach of their ideas and work.
While social networking is a valuable tool for connecting and communicating outside the classroom, there are some risks to consider when using these tools.
Below are guidelines to follow when representing SAU 70 on social media platforms.
- Maintain a secure and private password
- Be respectful. Represent yourself and your school positively and be considerate of others’ opinions.
- Be ethical. Never publish or share private information of yourself or others.
- Assume all content, whether personal or school-related, is public.
- Be accurate and appropriate in posts. Utilize spelling and grammar check. If mistakes are made, correct them and take responsibility for any errors.
- Notify a teacher or administrator if any social media action may impact others’ well being or safety.
- Never create or knowingly share or engage with falsified accounts. Advocate for those who may have been victims of falsified accounts and report this information to an administrator.
- Refrain from publishing images, audio, or video of an individual or group without consent.
- Refrain from representing an official school organization, class, or sport without permission from a coach, teacher, or administrator.
- At no time, should students be asked to use personal social media accounts to log on to required applications, or modify social media privacy settings in order to access required content.
Use of Email, Chat, and Other Electronic Communications
SAU 70 supports multiple resources for electronic communication including email, Seesaw, Schoology, and Google Apps for Education. When grade level appropriate, students are expected to use these applications to communicate with teachers and classmates and for networking purposes related to higher education. When grade level appropriate, it is the student’s responsibility to regularly check email for school-wide communications. School email is considered public record. Students are strongly discouraged from using non school resources for communicating with school personnel.
The Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources. Student use of the Internet is closely linked to the mission and goals of the school. SAU 70 firmly believes that the value of the information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is inconsistent with the educational goals of the district. SAU 70 educates students in the responsible, safe, and ethical use of the Internet. Users should adhere to the following safety and behavior guidelines in order to protect the school’s ability to provide this resource to the community.
The use of the school’s network and Internet resources should support the educational objectives of the school. Access to the Internet is a privilege and not a right. Users should take responsibility for their own behavior. Inappropriate behavior may result in the loss of this privilege. Technology is constantly changing and because of that fact, the guidelines for Internet use, listed below are also subject to change.
In the interest of protecting personal safety, users should be cautious with giving out personal information and should take steps to understand about “secure” communications.
Users should avoid:
- Transmitting personal information such as a full name, driver’s license number, financial data, home and/or cell phone number. sending content that is lewd, suggestive, or that involves nudity, clicking on links or downloading anything sent from unknown people or links or messages that are out of character for people you do know.
- Using non-school resources for school communications (ie. social media, texting)
Users are expected to be polite and considerate of other users, to use appropriate language in electronic communications, and to confine their use of computing resources to further educational objectives.
The following behaviors are considered unacceptable:
- Damaging devices and their peripherals. This includes removal or alteration of peripherals, identifying labels, barcodes, or serial numbers.
- Using information technology resources for commercial purposes, partisan political purposes, or for any unlawful purpose.
- Using electronic media to harass or threaten other persons, or to display, design, copy, store, draw, print, or publish obscene language or graphics.
- Repeatedly or purposefully engaging in activities which unreasonably tax computing and network resources or go beyond their intended or acceptable use. Borrowing, lending, falsifying or misusing a computer account, or allowing, or facilitating the unauthorized access to use of school computing resources by a third party.
- Using school computing resources to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to computing resources either inside or outside of school.
- Interfering with the operation of the school’s information technology resources by deliberately attempting to degrade or disrupt resource performance, security, or administrative operations.
- Intercepting or attempting to intercept or otherwise monitor any communications not explicitly intended for them without authorization.
- Copying, reading, accessing, using, misappropriating, altering, publishing or destroying computer files, output data, documents or other files of another individual or attempts to do so, without the permission of that individual, teacher, or authorized administrator.
- Making, distributing and/or using unauthorized duplicates of copyrighted material, including software applications, proprietary data, and information technology resources. This includes sharing of entertainment (e.g., music, movies, video games) files in violation of copyright law.
- Violating the terms and conditions of software license agreements for software distributed by the school, by giving, lending, selling, or leasing such media or software to others for their own use.
- Using school resources to access, submit, post, publish, forward, download, scan or display defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing, bullying and/ or illegal materials, images (still or video), messages, and text.
- Excessive use of resources for personal affairs (shopping, gaming, streaming media, etc)
- Using electronic communications in any manner which violates school/District policies or local/state/Federal laws.
Users of SAU 70 network resources acknowledge that all technology provided by SAU 70 is actively monitored and should not be considered private, regardless of the location of the device. Accessing content which indicates harm to self or others, illegal activity, and unethical and unsafe behavior will be communicated to building administration and/or their designee.
Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, all digital resources provided to or recommended to students will be vetted for compliance with NH and/or VT student data privacy regulations. Students who create accounts or exercise Single Sign On options using SAU 70 resources independently assume all responsibility for the sharing of their own personal data.
Consequences for abuse of technology and/or network resources by students at SAU 70 may include but not be limited to schedule up, suspension of technology or network use, suspension from school or in some cases legal action as deemed necessary by the local school administrator(s) in cooperation with the local school Technology Coordinator(s) and the District Technology Director.
Athletic Practice Responsibilities
Athletes are expected to be at every required practice unless excused by the coach. Individual coaches determine penalties for missing practices unexcused. Athletes who must miss practice for an appropriate reason should inform the coach ahead of time.
Athletes are expected to attend the first practice called after the official starting date unless excused by a physician or the head coach. Those who are excused from trying out should understand that they will be behind others in terms of skills and conditioning, and that this may affect the team on which they are placed or whether they make the final cuts (if cuts are needed.)
All sports teams must have two consecutive days off over the Thanksgiving and February breaks, and three consecutive days off over the Holiday and April breaks. The coach will choose the dates and will notify both the players and the Athletic Director before the start of the season. If for extenuating circumstances, the coach feels they cannot abide by this policy for a particular break, they must appeal to the Athletic Director and the Principal as early as possible.
Participation Fee Guidelines
Fees will be paid prior to participation.
An athlete who does not make full payment or receive a waiver, will be ineligible until full payment is made.
Fees must be paid in full online or by check. Cash will not be accepted. Checks are payable to: Dresden School District.
Students with financial difficulties may be exempt upon making a request in writing to the Athletic Director.
Refunds, based on injury or quitting the team, may be requested within the first two weeks of the season. After that time there will be no refunds.
NOTE: All athletic participation forms are completed online.
College Athletic Facilities
Members of Hanover High School athletic teams should not use the college facilities until specific arrangements have been made by the Athletic Director with Dartmouth’s Athletic Department.
When a parent or athlete has a concern regarding the Athletic Department, the parent or athlete should follow the following steps:
- Speak with the Coach.
- If not satisfied, speak with the Athletic Director.
- If not satisfied, speak with the Principal.
- If not satisfied, speak with the Superintendent of Schools.
Disqualification From An Interscholastic Athletic Event
- Any player or coach who is disqualified from a game at any level for exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct shall not participate in the next scheduled interscholastic athletic event, including NHIAA Tournament events.
- If a player receives a 2nd game disqualification during the season, that individual will be required to forfeit any participation in that interscholastic sport, at any level, for the balance of the season.
- If the game disqualification is administered in the final contest of the season (including tournament play) the penalty shall be carried over in that sport and invoked at the first regular season game the following academic year. If a disqualification is administered to a graduating senior or coach in their final game of coaching at that school, it is the expectation of the NHIAA that the school take immediate and appropriate disciplinary action.
- Any player who leaves the bench area during an interscholastic athletic event where an altercation is taking place in the playing area, shall receive a one- game disqualification for the next scheduled game.
NOTE: In addition to the above rule, the student must comply with any additional rules and regulations set by the coach or advisor for that activity. The coach or advisor will inform all the participants of that activity of the above rules and of any additional expectations prior to the start of that activity’s season. Students, however, are still responsible for learning all applicable eligibility rules.
The athlete will accept responsibility for all equipment issued and will return everything in reasonable condition within 2 weeks of the close of the season.
Penalty: The athlete will not be allowed to participate in any Hanover High School athletic program until the equipment has been returned or paid for. In any event, the student will be billed for lost or abused equipment.
General Athletic Rules
The Hanover High School Athletic Department believes that athletics should be considered an important part of the secondary school curriculum and should be accepted on a par with other departments at the high school under the overall control of the central administration of the school. The Athletic Department shares with the other departments the goal of guiding young people toward emotional, social and physical maturity that will assist the individual in developing self-reliance, pride, loyalty and other desirable citizenship attitudes. While striving for this goal, concern for the physical welfare and safety of students is the primary objective. It is these objectives of the athletic program which are used to justify the use of tax funds and school facilities. The Athletic Department program encourages the development of a variety of competitive teams at the varsity and junior varsity levels in every sports season. Along with these selected players, as many students as the resources of the school/community permit should be encouraged to participate in physical activities. It is understood that a sufficient number of qualified coaches should be provided to adequately staff the athletic program and that overall equality and consistency should be provided within the Athletic Department. It is necessary for the Athletic Department to promote and respect the local, state and national rules and policies under which our school program is conducted.
The athlete will follow all rules of Hanover High School and the NHIAA. Hanover High School rules include those listed in the Hanover High School Handbook dealing with eligibility, transportation and behavior at school functions. NHIAA rules include those listed in Article II, sections 1-14, of the AllNHIAA Handbook. Copies of the Hanover High School and NHIAA Handbooks are available for student inspection in the Athletic Director’s Office or from the coach of the sport. Penalty: The penalties will be those stated in the Hanover High School Handbook and the NHIAA Handbook.
The student-athlete will abide by all NHIAA and Hanover High School academic performance guidelines. A student must be passing in four courses during the previous grading period. (An INC is not considered a passing grade until the teacher gives formal notice that the INC has been made up.) A student athlete may not regain athletic eligibility by making up academic deficiencies or failures of the regular school year during the summer months. Appeals may be made directly to the Principal. Penalty: The penalties will be those stated in the Hanover High School Handbook and the NHIAA Handbook.
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:
- A student's parent or guardian informs the Main Office of the absence indicating their approval.
- The student picks up the goldenrod form in the Main Office.
- The student brings the goldenrod to the teachers of the classes they are going to miss.
- 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.
- 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. 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. Parents 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: 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.
Teacher Has Not Arrived
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.
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.
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. X Periods are considered instructional time. For more information, please see Dresden School District Policy JH.
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.
Co-curricular Code of Conduct
A co-curricular activity is any activity associated with a school-sponsored team, club or other organization that is not part of the HHS academic or March Intensive programs.
Hanover High School Code of Conduct
Principles of Conduct for Co-curricular Activities and Council at Hanover High School approved by the Council on 12/12/11, by the Dresden Education Committee on 2/10/12, and by the Dresden School Board on 3/27/12. Revised by Council 9/9/2020
Co-curricular activities and Council at Hanover High School (HHS) provide rewarding opportunities for all students. Participants represent themselves and the entire school community. Participants are expected to display strong character, to model exemplary behavior and should not discredit or bring harm to the activity or the school. “The Council is “the governance body at Hanover High School, representative of the students and staff.” Therefore, Council members are subject to the Council Bylaws in addition to these guidelines. The Council Executive, the Council Executive Committee, and the Organizational Engineering Committee (OEC), in concert with the Associate Principal may develop and enforce the standards and penalties applicable to the “The Council.”
This Code of Conduct contains the minimum standards and procedures that apply to all students who participate in co-curricular activities. Advisors and coaches, in collaboration with participants in each co-curricular activity, may submit specific rules and/or regulations they deem appropriate for their activity to the Associate Principal and/or the Athletic Director for approval. Co-Curricular members are subject to their specific guidelines as well as the Code of Conduct.
In the event of a conflict between the Code of Conduct and the other rules and regulations governing the specific activity, the administration will resolve the difference and will typically apply the more stringent standard.
Co-curricular Eligibility Standards
To be eligible to participate in co-curricular activities, one must be:
- a full-time student enrolled at Hanover High School, or
- a part-time student enrolled at Hanover High School who the principal has deemed eligible for co-curricular participation, or
- a resident of Hanover/Norwich who is home-schooled, or enrolled in an alternative educational program approved by the Superintendent of SAU 70.
In addition, students must have successfully passed a minimum of four courses in the previous marking period to be eligible for a co-curricular activity. Eligibility for fall participation is based on passing four courses in the previous fourth marking period. Summer school work approved and recognized by HHS counts towards eligibility for fall co-curricular activities. Incoming ninth graders are automatically eligible for fall co-curricular activities. However, ninth graders must pass four full-time classes in the first marking period to be eligible for winter co-curricular activities. Because some co-curricular activities, such as spring sports, begin in the middle of a marking period, eligibility is based on second marking period grades. Eligibility is reassessed when the third-marking-period grades are final.
Students must be in attendance for all of their required classes in order to participate that afternoon or evening. The Principal or designee may waive this requirement under special circumstances.
Applications of the Code of Conduct
Participants in all HHS co-curricular activities are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct. By choosing to participate in a co-curricular activity or Council; every participant is automatically required to adhere to this Code and any additional rules and regulations governing that activity and may be subject to the consequences detailed in the Student Handbook, Student-Athlete Handbook, and/or this Code.
Violations of the Code of Conduct
The following are considered to be violations of the Code of Conduct:
- Actions that abuse, humiliate, degrade, or physically harm others;
- Illegal activity, notably but not limited to: theft; vandalism; use, distribution, or possession of alcohol or drugs; trespassing.
Reporting and Determination Procedures
When the students, advisors, coaches or administrators learn of a Code of Conduct violation, they must inform all of the aforementioned parties of the violation.
Upon the receipt of information regarding a possible violation of this Code, the Associate Principal and/or the Athletic Director will gather and evaluate evidence and determine whether a violation has occurred. Evidence may include, but is not limited to: statements from the participant, the victim (if any), and witnesses; physical evidence; police reports or charges, etc. In the case of alleged illegal activity unrelated to school-supported activities (whether on campus or off), the Associate Principal and/or Athletic Director may rely on the filing of police charges to make a determination that a violation has occurred.
As with all other school imposed consequences, the participant may appeal the imposed penalties to JCOMM, although if the violation is criminal in nature, the decision and any applied consequences will stand until the administration investigates the underlying circumstances and assesses the impact of the matter on the school environment. When a parent or participant has a concern regarding the consequence imposed or the process used to determine whether an action is a violation of the Code of Conduct, the parent or student should take the following steps:
- Speak with the program advisor or coach.
- If not satisfied, speak with the Associate Principal or Athletic Director.
- If not satisfied, speak with the Principal
- If not satisfied, speak with the Superintendent of Schools.
Consequences of a Violation
When a student violates the Code of Conduct during the season of the activity (or the academic year for a year-long activity), they will be disciplined by the rules below or by the administration-approved rules and regulations specific to that activity. The advisor, coach or director of the activity will oversee the punishment in conjunction with the Associate Principal and the Athletic Director (where appropriate). If, however, the administration determines that the misconduct is severe, a more significant punishment may be assigned. Severe misconduct includes acts such as, but not limited to, distribution of a controlled substance, breaking and entering, and assault.
Consequences resulting from a violation of this Code will be applicable to all activities in which the student is participating. Offenses are cumulative across all activities throughout the participant's high school career; For purposes of this section, a public performance is defined as any situation in which the student publicly represents their activity.
In every case of a violation of the Code of Conduct, the participant will be required to have a meeting with the School Clinician to determine if additional supports are required. Decisions regarding participation in activities aside from public performances, such as rehearsals or practices, are at the discretion of the relevant advisor in concert with the Associate Principal.
The student will be referred to the Restorative Practices program. It’s important to note that the ensuing process will include direct participation from their coach or advisor. If the student chooses to not take part in the Restorative Practices process they will receive the penalty for a second offense. The student may not participate in public performances until the Restorative Practice conference has been completed. The Restorative contract for the first offense will be drafted at the conference but never exceed 2nd offense consequences in severity and does not have to include the loss of public performance time. The student may practice throughout this process.
The student will be excluded from 20% of the total public performances for that activity with a minimum exclusion of at least one performance. The student may practice throughout this process. In addition, students in leadership positions, including captains of teams, officers of activities, Council officers, and chairs of Council committees will be removed from their leadership positions in all co-curricular activities and Council for up to 12 months from the date of the 2nd offense, even if the violation occurred outside of the activity’s timeframe or during the summer. Student leadership positions may be restored at the discretion of the Associate Principal, and/or Athletic Director and relevant advisor.
At the discretion of the coach the student may become a practice player or activity support on their teams for three months. They will not be able to do any public performances at this time. If this is not possible because of the harm they have caused the team or activity, the Administration will suspend them from the co-curricular activity.
Other Consequences for Violations
Following is a list of other potential consequences for violation of the Code of Conduct depending on severity
- Suspension from participation in that co-curricular activity;
- Schedule-up (see HHS handbook) of variable duration, as determined by the administration; or
- Suspension or expulsion from school as detailed in the HHS handbook.
Co-Curricular Competition and Practice Responsibilities
- Dress codes for public performances are determined by the individual advisors; however, the dress should indicate that the participants take pride in Hanover High School and their personal appearance.
- The participant is responsible for knowing when and where transportation leaves for away performances.
All participants must leave and return with the group. Exceptions must be approved by the Advisor, Athletic Director, or Administration.
- If a participant is ineligible to participate in a public performance and drives to an away performance on their own, they may not be part of the group at that performance.
Students must know what time they are to be excused from classes. It is the responsibility of the program advisor to notify the administration and participants of early dismissal time in advance. It is the responsibility of the students to know what time they are to be excused from classes and to report to their 2 o’clock class for 15 minutes. For example, a 2:15 dismissal means that students must still report to their 2:00 class.
Participants must report directly to the meeting place determined by the advisor.
Participants are individually responsible to arrange with each of their academic teachers make-up work necessary due to early dismissal.
Because co-curricular activities are considered an important part of Hanover High School's comprehensive educational program, students who need to leave school early for a contest or performance will not receive an educational penalty, such as loss of class participation points.
Participants are expected to be at every required practice/rehearsal/meeting unless absent from school or excused by the head coach or advisor. Individual coaches and advisors determine penalties for missing practices unexcused. Participants who must miss practice for an appropriate reason should inform the head coach or advisor ahead of time.
Designated Days Policy:
Hanover High School recognizes that students may have personal obligations on certain days that conflict with co-curricular activities. These obligations may include, but are not limited to, family travel, religious observances, and celebrations of major holidays. The intent of this Designated Days Policy is to allow students and families with strongly held beliefs or obligations the opportunity to be together to honor those beliefs on significant days without jeopardizing the student's place on the team.
Academic Requirements and Eligibility
The student must satisfy the teacher’s long-term academic requirements and attendance requirements for all scheduled credit courses for the day of the co-curricular activity. Friday attendance counts for both Friday and weekend events.
Previously Approved Absence
A student may legitimately miss a class and remain eligible if satisfactory arrangements to miss the class have been made with the teacher prior to the class meeting time by completing a goldenrod form and returning it to the main office.
Unexcused Absence from Class
In the case of an unexcused absence, the student is ineligible to participate in the next scheduled practice or rehearsal following knowledge of the absence being processed in the school’s main office. An ineligible student may not miss class(es) in order to attend a public performance.
If a student participates in public performance when they have been later deemed ineligible, the student will then be required to miss their next public performance. performance=performance, practice/rehearsal=practice/rehearsal.
Co-curricular Eligibility Based on Attendance
Participants in all HHS co-curricular activities are expected to attend all of their classes, in their entirety, except when they have a prior notification excuse or a doctor’s note. Prior notification excuses are those for which the participant secures a goldenrod form signed by the teachers of those classes that they will miss for that day and returns it to the main office. Absences that are parent-sanctioned but do not go through the goldenrod process will not allow practice/rehearsal that day unless there is a doctor’s note. Only those absences that provide prior notification or a doctor’s note will allow co-curricular participation.
Students must be in attendance for all of their required classes in order to participate that afternoon or evening (Unexcused absences on Friday would result in ineligibility for weekend events) in a co-curricular contest or performance. In the case of an unexcused absence, the student is ineligible to participate in the next scheduled practice or public performance following knowledge of the absence being processed in the school’s main office. An ineligible student may not miss class(es) in order to attend a public performance. The Principal or designee may waive this requirement under special circumstances.
If a participant misses class time because of a class cut or illness, it will result in ineligibility. If an ill participant leaves a class and goes to the Nurse and returns during that same period to class, they may still be eligible. If the participant goes to the Nurse and misses the entire/remainder of that class, they are ineligible to participate in co-curricular activities that day. If they spend a period or two in the Counseling office and receive an “H” for the classes missed they can still participate.
If an athlete is reported to the Athletic Department for cutting a class and is therefore ineligible for playing in a contest, the athlete may not ride the team bus to an away contest that day if they would miss any class time for the remainder of that day.
If the student is absent from a class or scheduled obligation due to illness, the student is ineligible to participate in the co-curricular activity for that day.
When a student misses a class or scheduled obligation, the Associate Principal may declare the student eligible if it can be verified that the student’s absence was due to circumstances beyond the student’s reasonable control. Although we prefer prior notification for doctors appointments, the Associate Principal will also declare the student eligible if they present a doctors’ note excusing their absence on the day missed.
No student may participate in any activity during the same day that the student has been on suspension, either in-school or out-of-school suspension.
Council, Spring 1993
That on the days of games or contests for any sport, the J-Comm will go into session immediately upon learning that there is an appeal of ineligibility due to class cutting or accrued tardiness that equals a cut.
That the usual twenty-four hour timeline for appeals be reduced to same day or as soon as the information is known.
That the J-Comm would hear each case immediately if the J-Comm decides to hear the case at all.
That if there is insufficient time between the submission of an appeal and the scheduled departure of the team for an appeal to be heard, no appeal will be allowed.
That this change in procedure be communicated to the Athletic Director and all coaches with the request that all athletes be informed.
Coach and Advisor Expectations
The student must comply with any additional rules and regulations set by the coach or advisor for that activity. Before the activity begins, the coach or advisor will inform the participants in that activity of all basic rules and additional expectations. However, it is still the student’s responsibility to acquaint themselves with all applicable eligibility rules.
Spectator/Audience Behavior at School Functions
A student whose behavior is disruptive, dangerous or detrimental to the Hanover High School community at an athletic, social or cultural event involving representatives of the school or on a bus transporting Hanover High School students, shall forfeit participation in or admittance to such events for a time period determined by the Principal in conjunction with the student and their parents. The Principal has the discretion to place a student on probation for the first offense. Discipline procedures outlined in the Dresden Safe Schools Zone Policy JICD and Regulation JLI may also be enforced.
Obscene cheers, throwing objects, disrupting a co-curricular activity and verbal indignities directed toward visiting athletes have no place in high school athletics and will not be tolerated. Courtesy to visitors as well as the safety of players and spectators must be given full consideration. The old axiom (paraphrased) should prevail: You have personal rights until your assumed rights interfere with the rights of others.
Hanover High School is a drug-free zone which means that alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and smoking are prohibited on school grounds and in school buildings.
Student Initiated Activities
Students wishing to organize a new activity (i.e., science club, intramural, etc.) should contact the Associate Principal . The Associate Principal will help them determine whether their proposal is feasible and advise them on the necessary details (statement of purpose, transportation, timetables, advisors, and funding, if needed). A proposal requiring a budget should be planned a year in advance and initiated in early Fall. Once the Associate Principal approves the proposal, the students bring the proposal before the Council for consideration.
Currently approved motion departs from handbook with significant omissions one of which is related to how Council is handled by CCC.
ALSO SEE DRESDEN BOARD POLICY: JBAB TRANSGENDER AND GENDER NONCONFORMING STUDENTS
If an individual is treated or dealt with in a manner that is based in historical gender stereotypes differently because of their gender and/or required to conform to a specific standard historically associated with their gender, that is gender discrimination regardless of intent, and that is not permissible. These guidelines aim to prevent gender discrimination and make (non-cisgender) students more comfortable.
All-Gender Facilities and Programs
The school requires that individuals be permitted to use single-sex facilities, such as bathrooms or locker rooms, and participate in single-sex programs (such as a co-curricular activity or club), consistent with their gender, regardless of their sex assigned at birth, anatomy, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on their identification. This does not require the school to make existing bathrooms all-gender or construct additional restrooms. Single-occupancy restrooms will make clear that they can be used by people of all genders. Some people may object to sharing a facility or participating in a program with a non-cisgender, transgender or gender non-conforming person. Such objections will not be a legitimate reason to deny access to that non-cisgender, transgender or gender non-conforming individual. If an individual objects to sharing a bathroom with with a non-cisgender or gender non-conforming person, they may use the single-occupancy bathrooms in the music department or other areas of the school.
For single-sex programs associated with the state’s athletic association, the school should do all in its power to try to allow students (regardless of gender) to participate in the programs.
Names, Pronouns, and Using Gendered Terms
Individuals should avoid addressing a group of people as “ladies and gentlemen,” “boys and girls,” “ladies,” or any other gender binary or gender-based terms, as it does not include non-cisgender and gender non-conforming students and can make them uncomfortable. Similarly, students may not be split into two (or more) groups in a classroom setting based on gender or sex assigned at birth, as it leaves non-cisgender and gender non-conforming students feeling excluded or ostracized.
Individuals should avoid addressing another individual with a gendered word (such as “young lady”) without being certain of the person’s gender.
All members of the Hanover High School community have the responsibility to use and respect an individual’s personal pronouns. These pronouns include, but are not limited to:
He, Him, His
She, Her, Hers
They, Them, Theirs
Ze, Hir, Hirs (Pronounced Zee, Here, Heres)
Ze, Zir, Zirs (Pronounced Zee, Zere, Zeres)
Xe, Xem, Xyr (Pronounced Zee, Zem, Zere)
If a person is not sure as to what another individual’s personal pronouns are, it is suggested that the person asks the individual for clarification.
If an individual is not sure as to whether or not another individual’s pronouns or gender identity are public knowledge or not, they must check with the other individual before sharing the information with anybody.
The pronouns used in the English language have changed in recent years. For example, the pronoun “they” is now accepted by linguists and in the English language as a singular, gender-neutral term. Members of the Hanover High School community have the responsibility to be open to using these pronouns.
At the start of a new semester, teachers are encouraged to ask students to let the teacher/class know of any corrections to the student’s name, as well as to inform the teacher/class of the student’s pronouns. On the first day of a new semester, each student will create a name card that will be freestanding and which students will display on their desks. Students will be responsible for carrying their name cards from class to class; however, some teachers may choose to have a separate name card which students will store in that classroom.
In an effort to not single out transgender or non binary students, this name card must include the student’s pronouns, or, if they do not use pronouns, indicate the way in which they would prefer to be addressed. Students are expected to display their name cards on their desks for the first three weeks of the semester. Teachers should encourage and remind students of this expectation. It is not appropriate for teachers to single out a student or students to keep their name cards out; instead, to alleviate discomfort, the entire class should be required to display them. We would like this to be a second pilot after which we will solicit student feedback about the effectiveness of the name cards for the first three weeks of the semester.
If an individual takes a foreign language and uses non-gendered personal pronouns that might not exist within said foreign language, they should discuss or research a solution with the teacher. The teacher has the responsibility to use a pronoun that the student is comfortable with.
Teachers, students, and other members of Hanover High School are required to use and to respect an individual’s chosen name, even if the name is not their legal name. The intent of this is to prevent non-cisgender and gender non-conforming individuals from being misgendered or called by a name that the individual feels misgenders them. Similarly, if an individual feels that their legal name does not correspond with their gender, the individual may request that their @hanovernorwichschools.org email address be changed to a name that they feel corresponds with their gender. The other email account must be deleted to avoid confusion. This student also has the right to have their official name and gender changed in PowerSchool, Schoology, or other school-based data collection programs. In cases where legal names or legal sex are required, the school must include an option for an individual’s true name and true gender, if possible.
No member of Hanover High School may place the burden on individuals to justify their gender identity or expression and demonstrate why a particular distinction (pronoun or gender label) makes them uncomfortable or does not conform to their gender expression. It is inappropriate for an individual to pursue discussion of this topic without explicit permission from the individual.
Any survey sent to members of the Hanover High School community that was created within or by the school must allow for an “other” gender option, aside from male and female, if requiring an individual to provide their gender. Examples of surveys created within or by the school are surveys created for a class, or a survey created by a student or staff member with the intent of reaching a member of the HHS community.
Any form sent to members of the Hanover High School community from the school must allow for an “other” gender option, aside from male and female, if requiring an individual to provide their gender. If needed, the school can request individuals to report their biological sex in addition to their gender.
Also see "Personal Appearance"
Personal Appearance Policy
The goals of the HHS dress code are as follows:
Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed, such as chemistry/biology (eye or body protection) or PE (athletic attire/shoes).
Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable.
Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, and/or personal style.
Students are required to follow the dress code while on school property during school hours. Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, and nipples are covered with opaque material. For more specific examples of required use see the “must wear”, “may wear”, and “cannot wear” lists below.
Students Must Wear:
- Clothing that adheres to the coverage requirements above.
- Bottom: pants/ sweatpants/ shorts/ skirt/ dress/ leggings, etc.
Students May Wear:
- Clothing that expresses their self-identified gender
- Religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination
- Hats (including religious headwear)
- Hooded Sweatshirts
- Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants and "skinny jeans"
- Ripped jeans (as long as underwear is not exposed)
- Athletic attire
- Clothing with commercial or athletic logos provided they do not violate the "cannot wear" section below.
Students Cannot Wear:
- Clothing or accessories with images or language depicting or advocating violence or the use of alcohol or drugs
- Clothing or accessories with images, symbols, or language that are derogatory or create a hostile or intimidating environment towards any group of people or any protected class.
- Clothing or accessories that have vulgar or inappropriate images, symbols, or language associated with said language.
- Visible underwear (waistbands or straps of undergarments worn under clothing are not a violation)
- Bathing suits
- Helmets or headgear that obscures the face (except as a religious observance)
In the case of athletic uniforms, all uniforms on a team must be the same. If a student takes issue with their athletic uniform, they should take it up with the Athletic Department.
At music performances, the attire guidelines cannot be enforced or suggested based upon gender. Administration cannot enforce this standard for the attire for music festivals that are not associated with Hanover High School. If a student takes issue with the attire proposed by the festival, they should bring it up with the festival director(s) or ask their teacher to communicate with the festival.
The gowns for the graduating class should all be the same color, or students should be allowed to choose the color of their gown from the given options. The color of the gowns should not be selected based on the gender or sex of the students.
Hanover High School prohibits discriminatory harassment or violence motivated by a person’s gender identity or expression that attempts to interfere with, or actually interferes with, the free exercise of an individual’s right. Discriminatory harassment includes violence, the threat of violence, a pattern of threatening verbal harassment, the use of force, intimidation or coercion, defacing or damaging real property, and cyberbullying.
If a Hanover High School student refuses to comply with any of these rules, a staff member can tell the student, “I feel that your attire is prohibited by our dress code” and enforce consequences according to the Hanover High School Code of Conduct.
If a student disagrees with the enforcement of the dress code by a staff member, they can discuss their dress with the Associate Principal.
If a non-student member of the Hanover High School community does not comply with these rules the incident should be reported to one or more of the following people, if applicable:
Open Campus is a privilege granted by parents and Hanover High School administrators to sophomores, juniors, and seniors to leave school grounds during their unscheduled time. The goal of this privilege is to give students the opportunity to develop personal responsibility for their unscheduled time. Open Campus is an important privilege and will last only as long as students treat it with respect. Parents give permission for Open Campus in the annual registration process. Sophomores may not leave campus until they have had their introductory meeting with the Associate Principal.
Eligible students are in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade and are passing in all their courses at the end of each semester (mid-year and end-of-year). Ineligible students are notified by mail during the summer.
Final marks at the end of the school year determine eligibility for the first semester of the following school year. At the end of each semester, parents and students with Open Campus are notified if there is a change in the student’s Open Campus privileges.
Incompletes: A teacher must give formal notice that an incomplete has been made up.
The student has had no serious disciplinary problems or violation of school policies and regulations as outlined in the Handbook. These regulations are in effect during school hours and during school activities and are not limited to school grounds.
Parent(s) give permission to their student, and the signed permission form is on file at the office. Parents may withdraw their permission at any time.
Facts about Open Campus
- Open Campus time is unscheduled time.
- Unscheduled time is school time (school in session)
- School is in session until 3 PM for all students with the exception of Wednesday when school ends at 2 PM.
- A student who is off campus during their unscheduled time is still subject to school rules and to the consequences of violating these rules.
Students are expected to do the following:
- Know the eligibility requirements, procedures, and consequences as outlined in the annual registration forms and to comply with these rules.
- Sign the permission form in the annual registration form indicating they have read and understand the rules.
- Sign-out before leaving school grounds in one of the two sign-out books located in the main office and in the atrium.
- Avoid the following off-limits areas: the grounds and buildings of the Senior Citizens Housing between Lebanon and South Park Streets, the sidewalk bench on Summer Street, the Lutheran Church property on Summer Street, the Friends Meeting House (parking lot, lawns, or buildings) on Lebanon Street; the driveways and parking lots of these buildings are not to be used as a pass-through for either vehicles or pedestrians.
- The student while off campus will not actively, in words or actions, condone illegal activities.
The Council defines “School grounds” as follows:
- The school side of Lebanon Street from the Friends Meeting House driveway to Hovey Lane is a campus boundary. (The sidewalk is on-campus, but the road is off-campus.)
- The driveway at the English Department end of the school building is a campus boundary.
- The outer edge of the athletic fields, including the fields for Football, Track, and Soccer, is a campus boundary. (Areas in the adjacent woods are off-campus.)
Other areas may be considered off-limits when the Administration receives complaints about student loitering.
Appeal: Any student who becomes ineligible for Open Campus for academic or behavioral problems has the right to appeal directly to the administration provided that parents support the appeal. Administrative decision may be appealed to the Judiciary Committee of the Council.
Ninth Grade Students
School rules that apply specifically to ninth grade students are as follows:
For the first semester, ninth grade students are expected to be at school from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays). A ninth grade student who needs to leave school during an unscheduled period for an appointment must have a note from a parent.
Ninth grade students have open campus for the second semester.
The consequence for going off-campus during the first semester, first offense, is a five-day schedule-up. The consequences for a second offense are a two-week schedule-up and the loss of open campus privileges for the second semester of freshman year.
Exams: Ninth grade students may leave school grounds when they do not have a scheduled exam.
NOTE: Freshmen may be dismissed from school by note from a parent either on a one-time basis or in some instances on a blanket permission basis.
Parking & Driving
Parking is very limited. Noting this as an acute problem, the Dresden School Board adopted the following (Policy: JLIE) in September, 1991:
In recognition of the severely restricted access and parking opportunities on Dresden School property, it is the policy of the Dresden School Board that the available parking lots and driveway spaces be allocated in the following priority order:
- Safe pedestrian entry and egress.
- Vehicles necessary for conducting the school’s business.
- Employee parking.
- Student parking.
The Board authorizes the administration to designate and clearly identify appropriate spaces for the above priorities with the expectation that if insufficient space exists to accommodate all interests, the above priorities will govern necessary restrictions. Furthermore, the Board authorizes the administration to utilize parking and access enforcement measures, if necessary, including a system of fines as well as “booting” or towing violators’ vehicles.
The following parking procedures are in effect starting the first day of school:
- No vehicles may park in Hanover High School parking lots between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. Wednesdays) without an approved parking sticker. Cars parked illegally may be towed at the owner's expense.
- Legal parking may occur only in designated parking spaces.
- For each parking violation, a $40.00 ticket will be issued
- Each subsequent violation will be subject to additional $40.00 tickets and/or towing at the Administration’s discretion.
Money collected for parking violations goes into the Driver's Ed Scholarship Fund.
The Friends Meeting House, the Lutheran Church, and the Senior Citizens parking lots are closed to student parking. Parking in these locations can result in towing and fines. ALERT: Illegal parking in designated handicapped spots carries a fine.
Students with motorcycles should see the Associate Principal to determine an approved parking space.
Students should park in spaces indicated for student parking only
This notification serves as the only warning; no other warning will be issued prior to assessing fines for illegally parked vehicles.
HHS Student Parking Policy
Students applying for a parking permit must have a valid license by the date of issue. All designated student spaces will be distributed in the following order of priority:
Seniors (by lottery if spaces available)
Hardship parking is defined as a situation that is out of the control of the student. This burden would require a student to drive their vehicle to school in order to attend their classes on a daily basis. The following circumstances DO NOT apply for Hardship:
- Extracurricular activities (before or after school)
- Students that have access to bus routes
Hardship applicants should come with a letter from their family, signed by themselves and their guardians, stating their hardship. Acceptance of Hardship situations is at the discretion of the Associate Principal.
Should there be additional spaces, all remaining spaces will be available to seniors. All senior spaces will be chosen in a lottery.
Student Parking Areas
Upon issue, a permit will be assigned. Student parking spaces are clearly marked behind the school. NO OTHER SPACES ARE PERMITTED.
Student Driving and Use Of Motor Vehicles
Only those students who are granted parking privileges and students bringing vehicles to be worked on in the Industrial Tech Area are authorized to drive on school property.
The speed limit in the school driveway and parking lot is not to exceed 10 miles per hour.
Squealing of tires, fast starts, students riding on the outside of cars or other potentially dangerous acts are not allowed at any time on or near school property.
In the event of violation of any of these expectations within a given school year,
- The first complaint: The owner/driver will be warned to correct the situation and parents will be informed of the warning by letter.
- Second complaint: The student will be asked to keep the vehicle away from school property for either a specified or indefinite period of time; parents will be notified of this request in writing and advised that a subsequent violation will mean a complaint filed with the police.
- If a student persists with driving problems after steps 1 and 2, the school Administration will sign a complaint with the police to restrain the individual from driving on school property.
Students who wish to plan a school dance must first meet with the Associate Principal to obtain potential dates for a dance and planning instructions.
Students who plan to attend a school dance need to know the following:
- Dances usually begin at 7:00 P.M.
- Entry to dances will be permitted only until 8:00 P.M. unless a special arrangement is made ahead of time with the chief chaperone.
- Dances will end no later than 9:30 P.M.
- Once a student leaves the dance, the student will not be readmitted.
- There is usually an entrance fee.
There will be three school sponsored dances a year, fall, winter, spring, not including Prom. The fall dance, will be hosted by the seniors, winter by the juniors, spring by the sophomores. The freshmen class are able to sell concessions at all three dances.
The HHS Personal Appearance Policy is in effect during school dances.
There is no provision for safeguarding personal possessions. Access to school lockers is restricted since corridor doors are locked. If valuables must be brought to a dance, they should be left for safekeeping with a chaperone. No bags will be allowed in the dance area.
HHS students may bring guests to HHS dances. Guests will be required to show a high school ID and may be required to give their name, address and telephone number to the adult at the ticket table. All other guests must get prior permission from the Associate Principal.
At least twelve chaperones must be in attendance in a two-to-one ratio of staff to parents.
Lighting, music volume and selection must be approved by the head chaperone.
Student behavior at dances needs to remain appropriate as deemed by the chaperones. The student will be asked to leave the dance with no refund if a student is warned about their behavior and it does not change or the behavior is particularly offensive or unsafe.
Any student under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be immediately turned over to the police officer on duty who will take the student into custody. The student will be restricted from attending future dances.
School officials will notify the police pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding.
All school rules are in effect during dances, as they are school-sponsored functions.
Students under 16 years of age who want to work at a money-earning job in NH must have a work permit. To obtain a work permit, a student should:
1. Have a definite job offer.
2. Be passing in all courses.
3. Be able to present an official form of identification such as a birth certificate, driver's license or form of identification with a birth date.
4. Request the work permit from the school receptionist at the Main Office during regular work hours.