6 Must-Dos for a Successful High School Hall Pass

If I could keep my students in class from bell to bell I would. In the world of secondary, someone was always needing to go to the library, visit the bathroom, get homework from their locker, pick up their lunch from the office… ugh!

Ultimately, most teachers have some kind of system for handling students leaving the classroom. (And if you don’t, you should!) In this post, I’ll share what worked for me and hook you up with some free hall pass templates!

Procedure for Hall Pass Requests

The hall pass I’m talking about isn’t necessarily the one the students will carry around in the hall. It certainly can be, but it also works in tandem with official hall passes required by individual campuses.

The official, standardized hall pass on my campus consisted of a yellow piece of cardstock attached to a clipboard. Students walking the halls during class time must carry this standardized hall pass.

The hall pass I am sharing with you serves a different purpose – it is the piece of paper granting permission to students to grab the school-sanctioned clipboard and leave the classroom.

Typical Hall Pass Request

Student: “Miss, can I go to the ____________?”

Teacher: “Do you have your hall pass?”

Student: Opens binder

Teacher: Initials box. Returns attention to prior activity.

Student: Closes binder. Retrieves the school-sanctioned pass and leaves room.

When the students are trained, this often evolves into a wordless exchange. I’ve signed many hall passes without missing a beat while answering content-related questions from nearby students.

Must-Dos for a Successful Hall Pass Procedure

Do: Use pen or marker for student names. Either student or teacher can write name.

Don’t: Allow students to write name in pencil. Names get erased and passes get stolen.

Do: Initial hall pass boxes in pen or marker.

Don’t: Use check marks or pencil. Students will try to erase used passes OR mark on their classmates passes to use them up prematurely. It’s easier to verify you actually wrote your initials than verify a check mark if this occurs.

Do: Make your hall pass expectations clear. I didn’t allow students to share passes with other students because I felt it reduced bully-like behavior.

Do: Have a clear expectation for storage. Binders work well for hole-punched, full page hall passes. If you prefer in-class storage, consider using a shoe holder to store narrow hall passes. (Plus it doubles as calculator storage!)

Do: Have a plan for lost hall passes. I re-issued hall passes to students who misplaced their original copy at the beginning of the second semester. All the passes for the first semester would be crossed out.

Do: Consider printing on colored cardstock. My paper of choice was yellow cardstock. Students could find the cardstock hall pass easily because its thick weight and color stood out against a binder full of white copy and notebook paper.

Hall Pass Templates

Remember to personalize the templates to suit your classroom by adding your campus or classroom procedure details at the bottom of the page.

  • Are there certain times students are required to be in the classroom?
  • Do unused passes roll over to the next grading period?
  • Do students get extra credit for unused passes? If so, at what intervals?
  • Will you accept passes with another student’s name on it?
  • Is there a separate bathroom pass procedure or is it included in this hall pass?
  • How many passes per grading period? (Add or remove columns as needed from the templates)

Four template options are available in the PDF file. Try typing your personalized hall pass procedures, teacher name, and class period on the form before printing!

Click HERE to print the hall pass templates!