School Policies

Included on this page are highlights from our policies and procedures.

Student Handbook

The Student Handbook details the policies and procedures for Hughes STEM High School. 

Attendance Policies

As a reminder, school hours are:

School Hours: 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Office Hours: 8:35 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.

The bell schedule outlines the school day by grade level and day of the week.

Absence Procedures

To report an absent or tardy child, call the school office at (513) 363-7411 or complete the Absence Reporting Form as early as possible each day the child is absent or tardy.

Students are required by state law to attend school daily unless absent due to religious holiday, illness or death in the immediate family. Dental and medical appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours.

An absence will be excused only if a student brings a signed note from a parent or guardian on the day the student returns stating the following:

  • The student’s name
  • The reason for absence
  • Date(s) student was absent
  • Home phone number or other number where the parent/guardian may be contacted
  • Parent or guardian's signature

Students should bring their absence note to the main office before school starts.

Early Dismissal

Early dismissals should be rare. Students requesting an early dismissal must present a note from a parent or guardian to the main office prior to the start of the school day. The note must contain a telephone number where a parent/guardian can be contacted and dismissal verified. There will be no early dismissals approved within the last 30 minutes of the school day. Phone calls requesting early dismissal must be made prior to 2:45 p.m.

Extended Absence

Parents of students who are (or expect to be) absent more than three consecutive days should contact their student’s team leader to request information regarding make-up work.

Tardy Procedures

Students are expected to be seated in their first bell class when the bell rings at 8:35 a.m. Tardiness to school will earn a detention. Continued tardiness will earn increasing consequences.

The Big Red Way Dress Code

In June 2021, The Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) for Hughes STEM voted to no longer require uniforms of our students. We will instead have the following "Big Red Way Dress Code."

Metro Bus Card Information

Eligible students in grades 7-12 ride Metro buses free with their CPS Smart Card bus pass. These Smart Card passes are to be used to and from school only.

Students must pay regular bus fare if:

  • They forget their Smart Card pass
  • They use the card on more than two rides per day
  • They require a ride during the school day

Learn more about Metro bus services available to students, including route information.