Andover High School Policies

Any changes to current handbook policies are subject to school committee approval. 

Dismissal Policies

  • Student will drop off a signed parent note in the morning and put it in the box outside the main office
  • Student will legibly sign the pink sheet which will be on the clipboard by the box outside the main office
  • The Main Office Staff will collect the notes and pink sheets periodically during the morning
  • The notes and pink sheets will verify the dismissals
  • The Main Office Staff will then input the dismissal into the Attendance Calendar which creates an email/invite. This is sent to the student, teacher whose class they are being dismissed from and the monitors’ desk
  • The student can show the teacher the email/invite to confirm dismissal and leave class. The teachers can verify this through their calendar invite.  The student will also show the monitors at the front desk who will verify this on the calendar.

Mask Policies

Andover High School is mindful of the evolving need for emergency measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In consideration of the recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Health, and the Massachusetts Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, students, employees and visitors of Andover High School.

Until further notice, students of Andover High School shall be required to wear a mask,  while attending school or a school function in any school building, facility or other area of a school campus, and when riding in school-provided transportation. All masks must cover the nose and mouth of the student. This policy applies to students waiting outside school buildings,before and after school, and in school. Students shall wear masks at all times except for the following:

  • Students may remove masks for eating or drinking;
  • Students may remove masks when appropriate social distancing measures are in place as determined by a teacher or school administrator;
  • Students may remove masks on a case-by-case basis for specific instructional needs and other activities, as determined by a teacher, in which case the teacher will utilize appropriate social distancing measures; or
  • Students may be exempted from this policy due to special behavioral or individualized needs as determined by the Special Education Program Advisor or the Assistant Superintendent/Principal. 

Masks can be disposable or reusable and will need to: fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin, be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material, fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, and be secured with ties or ear loops.

Based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face covering containing valves (per CDC), mesh material or holes of any kind will not be considered appropriate masks. If a staff member or student does not have a mask, they will be provided with a mask by the school district. If a student attends in-person learning, the failure of a student to comply with these expectations and the willful defiance to follow direction from school staff will be considered insubordination and will follow the handbook guidelines for insubordination. If the situation cannot be resolved the student may be mandated to attend the remote academy.

Violations of this policy by staff will be handled in the same manner as other violations of school policies. Visitors to the building will be severely limited. However, any approved visitors in violation of this policy will be denied entry to the school/district facility. This policy will remain in place until rescinded.


Students are required to wear their IDs with them while in school.