St. Joseph High School Rule Changes


Luke Matthys

For the 2022-2023 school year, Saint Joseph High School is implementing some rule changes. More rules changes have been put in place to get rid of rules and to strengthen the others. It is important for the student body to know about the rule changes to not be penalized for things they may not have known about.


Notable rule changes:

  • Late starts begin at 9:00 a.m. (was 9:45 a.m.).
  • A detention is issued if a student is tardy to a late start.
  • Hall monitors patrol the hallways during Flex period.
  • A student is issued a detention if they are 30 minutes late to school.
  • A parent/guardian of a student must call in to school if the student(s) is over 30 minutes late to excuse the tardy.
  • Hall passes are being limited.
  • Males are allowed to wear earrings.


Late starts this school year will begin at 9:00 am, forty-five minutes earlier than the previous years’ late starts. If tardy to a late start, students receive a detention. This rule does not apply to usual tardies, which do eventually add up to a detention after four are accumulated. If a student is more than 30 minutes late to school, no matter if it is a late start or not, the student receives a detention if the parent/guardian has not called in to school. There are now hall monitors patrolling the hallways during flex period to check passes and make sure students are not loitering. For an update in dress code, male students are now allowed to wear earrings.

Many of the restrictions on rules have to do with attendance. However, the addition to men wearing earrings is a step toward student self expression. It is important for the students to learn about these rule changes to avoid being reprimanded without knowing why.