School Day Logistics

Student saluting

Locker Policy

All students will be given their own locker and are responsible for maintaining cleanliness and appropriate use throughout the year. Manual High School is not liable for any stolen or lost items that are stored in lockers. Lockers can be searched with probable cause at all times by any member of the school administrative team, the deans, or DPS Safety and Security/DPD. Students will be held responsible for damage and could be fined. Students will not share lockers or locker combinations with any other students. All students must fill out a locker agreement before receiving their locker combination during the first week of school.


All students must have a Manual hall pass at all times when they are outside of the classroom. Students should use the restroom, drink water, and take care of any other business during their passing periods. Students will only be excused from class for emergencies. Students who are consistently abusing pass privileges will be assigned to the schoolwide no pass list and will no longer be granted passes from class.

Electronics Policy

Students should follow individual teacher’s instructions in class for the appropriate use of technology and electronics. All teachers will post a “Technology On/Technology Off” sign in the front of the classroom that will be used to communicate student use of technology during the class period. If a teacher instructs a student to stop using an electronic device and the student refuses or if a student is misusing technology in any way, disciplinary actions will be taken.

Student ID Requirements

All students will be given a Manual student ID and a Manual lanyard at the beginning of the year. All students will be expected to wear their student ID at all times during the school day. If a student loses or breaks their student ID, they can pay $2.00 to replace it. All card replacements should be requested through Mickey Grant during lunch or after school.

Dress Code

Business casual is preferred for all students and staff at Manual High School. The following clothing and/or styles are prohibited, and will result in a referral to the Dean’s office:

Students will have the option of removing item and wear a Manual High School shirt for the remainder of the day.

Late Start

The Following Dates: August 29, September 26, October 10, November 7 & 21, December 5, January 23, February 13 & 27, March 26, April 23 and May 21.

Thursday –
Period 3 – 10:30 to 11:32 a.m.
Lunch – 11:32 a.m. to 12:19 p.m.
Period 5 – 12:24 to 1:26 p.m.
Period 7 – 1:31 to 2:33 p.m.
Period 9 – 2:38 to 3:40 p.m.

Off Campus Lunch Policy

All sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are in good academic standing (not on academic probation for two consecutive weeks) are eligible for open campus lunch. All freshmen (including those by credit) will have on-campus lunch only. Any student caught off-campus during lunch who does not have off-campus lunch privileges will serve lunch detention.
Any student who is found off campus while their privileges have been denied will be required to attend the I.S.S. room for the remainder of that day. The parent will be contacted and the Dean may decide to revoke the student’s off-campus privilege for the following six-week period.

Hall Sweeps

Hall Sweeps will be scheduled by the dean/administrative team randomly each week to inspire the culture of readiness to learn. Each week, the deans will send out an email to all staff indicating when the Hall Sweeps will take place. During the designated time, all teachers will close their doors as soon as the bell rings which will allow the Student Support Team (SST) to sweep the students in the halls to one location. Students caught in the halls during a sweep will be assigned lunch detention if the sweep is prior to lunch or after school detention if the sweep is after lunch.

Students who are caught in Hall Sweeps will be escorted into the cafeteria and written a pass to return to class. All passes will be tracked in the Behavior Google Form. Students who receive three hall sweep tardies will receive lunch detention. Six hall sweeps will receive a day in ISS.

Food in classrooms

Students should not eat or drink during class – water bottles are welcomed. Breakfast is available daily and should be consumed before entering class at 7:30 a.m.

School Building Hours

Manual High School opens daily at 8 a.m. for Scholar Sessions (see above). The building closes at 4:30 p.m. for all students who are not involved in after school sports, College Prep 101, or adult-sponsored activities.

PE Dress Out Policy

Students are required to dress out in the Manual PE uniform. Refusal to do so may result in disciplinary action or a lower grade in the class.