Study Period Policy
The study period is an extension of the other academic classes. It provides the high school student with a much-needed resource during the school day: time.
A useful study period is a quiet/silent one, in which students bring and interact with their work. Every day, teachers give students numerous assignments, including reading, writing, solving problems, researching a topic, revising, studying. For the student, this work is “never done” because he or she is always involved with some aspect of the classwork/homework continuum. (Therefore, the statement, “I have nothing to do” will never be true; the statement “I have no homework” or “I’ve finished all my homework” is also irrelevant, since there are numerous other ways in which to work- see above.)
The following is a list of guidelines for the study period:
- Students must be on time, as they would for any other class. The tardy and cut policies will be the same as for other classes.
- No food or drinks other than water are allowed in the study period. (If study period takes place in the computer lab, no water near the computers.)
- Students must bring their work to the class. The study period monitor will not provide students with materials. Discs for computer programs students may need to use for particular courses, such as P/SAT Prep, may be obtained from the monitor and returned at the end of the period. Students should bring a book if they think they will finish all assigned work.
- Students must come prepared to class, and may not leave the study period to go and get work or supplies from lockers, other classrooms, or cars.
- Students frequently are encouraged to work together on assignments, so it is understandable that they may need to converse quietly. At no time should it be too loud for someone else to think or to read. Therefore, the noise level should hover somewhere between “silent” and “quiet” – and since these terms are somewhat subjective, we leave it at the discretion of the study period monitor. If it gets too loud, he can revoke the “quiet” option in order to make it possible for studying to take place.
- Headphones will only be permitted as long as the music cannot be heard outside of them and while a student is working.
- (For computer lab only) Computers may be used only for study, research or completion of a specific assignment and are not to be used for email, music, games, chatting, or any other purpose during this time. Students will lose computer privileges if they are found to be misusing the resources.
Please be responsible, think of others, and make good use of your time!