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Resource Centers & Common Areas 2021

Areas Available During Unscheduled Time Period

During the 20-21 school year, the following spaces will be available for students use during free periods. All spaces will have designated seating, sign-ins, and the number of students allowed posted. Other than during advisory lunch, students should not unmask to eat in these spaces. Students who need to eat while in these spaces must get staff member permission and eat in a socially distanced manner agreed upon by the staff member.  
  • Math Resource Center
  • English Resource Center
  • Computer Lab
  • Science and World Languages Resource Center
  • Library
  • Counseling Area
  • Cafe

Resource Centers

Access to Resource Centers during the unscheduled time will be limited. The number allowed will be posted on the door. Students will be required to sign in for contract tracing.  Teachers are often available in the resource centers or in nearby classrooms or offices during their unscheduled time to meet with students, however, all meetings with teachers should be scheduled in advance with the teacher. And meetings are encouraged to be scheduled on Remote Wednesdays. 

Rules for student behavior in common areas:

  • Students sit only on the furniture in designated, physically distanced seats- not the trash cans, windowsills, heaters, floors, or steps. 
  • Students must sign into spaces/seating for contact tracing. 
  • Students may not leave backpacks or other personal belongings around the school. Personal belongings must be in lockers or on your person. 

The Bill Cogswell Center for Mathematics

The Bill Cogswell Center for Mathematics combines an office area with student work areas. The student work areas will have designated work areas for students. The resource area is staffed by the Math Educational Assistant and Math teachers; all are willing to help students with their questions.


The Counseling Office is an area where students can study, socialize quietly, and use numerous college, financial aid, private school, summer program and alternative learning reference materials.

Computer Labs

Computers are located in Rooms 272, the design tech lab, and the Library.

Room 272: The "upper lab" area contains Macintosh desktops, charging stations, and the helpdesk. The lab serves both individual users and classes and provides access to software to support instruction. Teachers are requested to schedule class time in the lab at least one week in advance. When classes are not scheduled, the lab is open to individual students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Library computer: The media center computers provide access to the library catalog may be used for other projects with permission as space permits. The media center also provides a charging station and a variety of digital tools that can be borrowed through the library system for instructional use.

Design Tech Lab: The design tech lab is located in the basement and provides access to specific software used in technology and design courses. These computers are used in conjunction with scheduled courses and are available to students outside of class with teacher permission only.

Mobile Labs: The tech department maintains several mobile carts for use by teachers in their spaces. Two Ipad sets, and three Macbook laptop carts are available for reservation on a first come, first served basis by staff. Staff are responsible for requesting, obtaining, and returning all devices when finished.


The Computer Lab is considered a quiet work area where individuals are required to respect the rights of others. Specific rules governing behavior will be displayed in the Computer Lab. Individuals are responsible for being aware of and obeying those rules. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the lab; habitual disregard for the rules may necessitate the loss of the privilege to use the resources of the Computer Lab. As always, students using any computing resources at Hanover High School must adhere to the guidelines described in the school's Acceptable Use Policy.

English Resource Center (ERC)

The English Resource Center serves as the English Department Offices with tutorial help and some student conferences scheduled there. Specific course-related materials, places to use them, and adults to assist are found generally in the Library.

Science and World Languages Resource Center

The Resource Center is a quiet but not silent study area staffed by an educational assistant. The resource center may be used for studying independently, working in small groups (four or fewer), or accessing science or language materials. The educational assistant is available for helping students, monitoring tests, checking out books and materials for instructional projects, and assisting with copying machines.

The Design Lab

The Design Lab is open to all students; the only restrictions are that students:

  • Have something definite to do (i.e., complete plans of a project);
  • Pay for the materials used;
  • Work only when the Labs are open;
  • Not exceed their capabilities concerning use of the Design Lab machinery
  • Have received permission before beginning.

A more detailed Open Lab policy is posted in the Design Lab


The Atrium  is a singular and special place in the life of Hanover High School. However, for the 20-21 school year its use will be limited. Seating is limited to marked areas. Please do not move the furniture.  Students will sign into seating areas for contact tracing purposes. Students will clean seating areas before sitting and after eating. In addition to the following general expectations, physical distancing must be maintained:
1. Watch the level of your noise - vocal and electronic
2. Be cheerful, social and pleasant
3. Clean up your table when you leave - even if it isn't your trash
4. Be an active citizen of the Atrium - keep it special