Thursday, April 16, 2009


Council is considering this proposal for bringing school dances back to HHS. The staff has not yet voted. The poll in the right-hand column near this post is advisory only.

Students who wish to plan a dance must first meet with the Dean of Students to obtain potential dates for a dance and planning instructions. Students who plan to attend a school dance need to know to the following:

General Information
a. Dances will end no later than 10:30 P.M.
b. Entry to dances is permitted until 9:30 P.M. unless a special arrangement is made ahead of time with the chief chaperone.
c. There is usually an entrance fee.
d. 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 dance area.
e. HHS students may bring guests to HHS dances. Guests may be required to give their names, address, and telephone numbers to the adult at the ticket table.
f. Lighting, music volume and selection must be approved by the head chaperone.

Rules and Guidelines
a. HHS Personal Appearance Policy is in effect during dances.
b. All school rules are in effect since this is a school-sponsored function.
c. Once a student leaves the dance, the student will not be readmitted.
d. 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.
e. Grinding, freaking, or any suggestive dancing is not permitted. If a student dances in this manner, he or she will be asked to leave, and his or her parents will be notified. There are no warnings. School community members who may need a reference to this style of dance can view the Grinding Rules: Hanover High Edition video, available at
f. Large mosh pits are not permitted. If the students refuse to break up the mosh pit, music will stop and lights will be turned on until a safe environment is restored.
g. At least twelve (12) chaperones must be in attendance in a two-to-one ratio of staff to parents.