Forest Heights Community School



Calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year


(subject to change)


Thursday, September 3, 20201                                          - Orientation Day (First day for teachers)

Friday, September 4, 20201                                             - In-service

Monday, September 7, 2020                                           - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 8, 2020                                           - First day for students

Friday, September 25, 20201                                           - Professional Development Day (incl Prog Planning)


Monday, October 12, 20201                                            - Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, October 29, 20205                                           - Parent-Teacher Afternoon (P-12)


Friday, November 6, 2020                                              - Quarter 1 Ends (10-12)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020                                    - Remembrance Day

Friday, November 20, 2020                                            - Term 1 Ends (P-9)

Monday, November 23, 20201                                         - Assessment/Evaluation (P-9)

Wednesday, November 25, 2020                                    - Report Card Distribution (10-12)

Monday-Thursday, November 30-December 3, 2020       - Report Card Distribution (P-9)


Friday, December 4, 20201                                             - Professional Development Day (P-12)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020                                         - Last Day before Holiday Break


Monday, January 4, 2021                                               - First Day after Holiday Break

Monday-Friday, January 11-15, 2021                              - Early Primary Registration

Thursday, January 21, 2021                                            - NS Virtual School Exams

Monday, January 25, 2021                                              - Semester 1 Exams Begin

Friday, January 29, 2021                                                - Semester 1 Ends (10-12)

Friday, January 29, 2021                                                - Assessment/Evaluation (10-12)


Monday, February 1, 2021                                              - Semester 2 Begins

Monday-Thursday, February 8-11, 2021                          - Report Card Distribution (10-12)

Monday, February 15, 20211                                           - Heritage Day


Friday, March 12, 2021                                                  - Term 2 Ends (P-9)

Friday, March 12, 2021                                                  - Last Day before Spring Break

Monday, March 22, 2021                                               - First Day after Spring Break

Friday, March 26, 2021                                                  - Assessment/Evaluation (P-9)

Monday-Thursday, March 29-April 1, 2021                     - Report Card Distribution (P-9)


Friday, April 2, 20211                                                      - Good Friday

Monday, April 5, 20211                                       - Easter Monday

Thursday, April 8, 20215                                                 - Parent-Teacher Afternoon (P-9)

Friday, April 9, 2021                                                      - Quarter 3 Ends (10-12)

Monday-Thursday, April 19-22, 2021                              - Report Card Distribution (10-12)

Thursday, April 22, 20215                                               - Parent-Teacher Afternoon (10-12)

Friday, April 30, 20211                                                    - Professional Development Day (P-12)


Monday, May 24, 20211                                                  - Victoria Day


Thursday, June 17, 2021                                                 - NS Virtual School Exams

Monday, June 21, 2021                                      - Semester 2 Exams Begin

Monday, June 28, 20214                                                  - Assessment/Evaluation (10-12)

Tuesday, June 29, 20211                                                 - Assessment/Evaluation (P-12)

Wednesday, June 30, 2021                                             - Report Card Distribution (P-12); Last Day



1 - No students present

3 - No classes for students in grades Primary to 9 (based on school configurations)

4 - No classes for students in grades 10-12 (based on school configurations)

5- No afternoon classes (based on school configurations)



September 7, 2020 – Labor Day

October 12, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day

November 11, 2020 – Remembrance Day

December 23, 2020 to January 1, 2021 (inclusive) – Holiday Break

February 15, 2021 – Heritage Day

March 15-19, 2021 (inclusive) – Spring Break

April 2, 2021 – Good Friday

April 5, 2021 – Easter Monday

May 24, 2021 – Victoria Day


Record of “count” days

September 1 to December 31, 2020 76 days September 19 days February  19 days

January 1 to June 30, 2021 119 days October 21 days March  18 days

Total – 195 days November 20 days April  20 days

December 16 days May 20 days

January 20 days June 22 days





Room Listing FHCS 2020-21





Learning Commons


Student sick room

Falcon’s nest



D. Naugler



D. Moore



M. Morash



G. Burke/M. Duggan






R. Bezeau



P. Straubel



L. LaLiberte



D. McFadden



R. Johnson






I. Comeau



C. Jackson



A.   Warr



S. Caldwell






B. Gillis



B. Hazelton



B. Power



P. Munro



P. Finlay



R. Fisk



P. O’Laughlin



S. Umlah



E. Kelly


Guidance Counselors

S. Jenson/

D. Hofrichter



C.   Chaput





             Bell Times


  • 9:05 – start of period one


  • 10:06 – start of period two (Grades 9 and 10)


  • 10:06 – start of first recess (Grades 11 and 12)


  • 10:16 – end of first recess (Grades 11 and 12)


  • 10:16 – start of period two (Grades 11 and 12)


  • 11:07 – start of second recess (Grades 9 and 10)


  • 11:17 – end of second recess (Grades 9 and 10)


  • 11:17 – start of period 3


  • 12:18 – start of period 4 (Grades 9 and 10)


  • 1:03 – period 4 starts (Grades 11 and 12)


  • 1:19 – lunch (Grades 9 and 10)


  • 2:04 – start of period 5


  • 3:10 – end of day bell


 Student Handbook 2020-2021


Accidents and Illness


   Should you become ill during the day, you may not leave school without first reporting to the office.  Your parent/guardian will be notified. If transportation arrangements cannot be made, you must remain at school until arrangements are made. If you are injured at school you must report your injury to the school administrative assistant within 24 hours of the injury to ensure insurance coverage. If students are ill we cannot prevent them from leaving to get medical attention.




Students may bring only those vehicles that are registered for highway use to school.  For students' safety, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and ATV's are not permitted on school property. Those individuals in violation of this request will be reported to the RCMP. Students are reminded that student parking is available in the lower paved parking lot, the two lower gravel parking lots, and the lower part of the upper parking lot.  The rest of the upper parking lot is for staff and visitors to the school and is clearly marked. Students found parking in the upper parking lot will be asked to move.  All staff, students, and visitors should not park in the fire lane.


Returning Graduates


Students planning to return to school after graduation must meet with administration to obtain permission to return, and agree to attend all scheduled classes. Consideration will be given to the student's career goals and the appropriateness of course selection. Returning students will be enrolled only after grade 10, 11, and 12 students are scheduled and providing there is room available in selected courses.




No lockers will be used this year. Students should bring only what is necessary to school for each day.


Student Code of Conduct


All public schools will now follow the Provincial School Code of Conduct Policy (below)



Community School


Forest Heights has a Community School Coordinator whose office is located in the main lobby.


As a student, you may participate in some of the adult recreational gym programs free of charge.  Adult programs are for those individuals sixteen years of age and over. There are often Youth Programs available to the school, as well.


Four times a year, the “Explore Life”   program brochure that offers over 50 programs is published and distributed to your mailbox or is available at  Students may enrol in courses like Emergency First Aid, WHMIS, Babysitting, etc. that may be of interest to them or help them to obtain employment.


Sometimes there are employment opportunities at Forest Heights. Look to the announcement board for potential jobs.


If you are interested in seeing a particular course or activity offered, you are invited to stop by and chat with the Community School Coordinator.  He is always willing to try to get new things going for interested students with initiative.





  Visitors will only be allowed by appointment and a video and “buzz in” system is now installed at the






Students are warned not to leave their valuables unattended (e.g. book bags, electronic devices, purses, wallets, etc.).  The school cannot accept responsibility for the loss of personal property.  You are responsible for the replacement cost of lost/damaged books, jerseys, and equipment so please take good care of them.



Scent Sensitive Policy


FHCS is committed to providing a healthy environment for students, staff, and community users.  In considering the well-being of everyone, Forest Heights Community School implemented a Scent Sensitive Policy on September 1st, 1998.


We ask all those who use this school to not wear perfume, cologne, aftershave or scented personal care products.  Those who choose to wear such products will be asked to wash them off.  Any student repeatedly choosing to wear such products may be subject to disciplinary action.  We are concerned for the safety of our community members and will act to ensure a safe environment for all.


This Policy is also in effect for any evening programs or other activities that are conducted within the school.


  Nut Aware

  FHCS is a Nut Aware facility and recognize that some members of our school community are    

  dangerously allergic. We ask that no peanuts/nut products be brought to school.





Regular student fees are suspended for this year. The only fees that will remain in place are for sports or graduation.





We believe that student attendance is extremely important for their schooling. All Public schools will now follow the Provincial Attendance Policy.  The link provided directs you to the Provincial Attendance Policy.


Please note that students may be removed from classes if they miss more than 20% of a class. This is done at the discretion of the principal, and all factors will be taken into consideration.



Attendance Recording


Period attendance and punctuality will be recorded during each class.  Parents and students have live access to this information through Power School.  Please contact the school if you do not yet have an account.





 All students will be assigned a homeroom.  Periodically throughout the year students will report to their   

 homeroom to receive correspondence for home, report cards, or important information.



Leaving School Early


Students leaving school early must sign out at the office just prior to leaving.  For classes missed a written excuse is to be provided to the office or the office must receive a phone call within 2 days.



  Closed Campus


 We refer to FHCS as a closed campus; this means that students are not permitted to enter the

 woods/bushes around the property and students who wish to leave school grounds over the lunch        

 hour should sign out at the office.  

Grade 9 students will not be permitted to leave school grounds during lunch hour without being signed out by a parent/guardian.  They will need to bring their lunch from home or buy it from the cafeteria.  


Smoking / Vaping

There is absolutely no smoking or vaping inside the school or on school grounds.  The administration treats this as a very serious safety risk and it will be strictly enforced.  

Grade 9 students will also not be permitted in the smoking area at any time during the school day.  This includes recess and lunch.  If a student is not meeting these expectations then they will have appropriate consequences from administration.


Drugs  and  Alcohol


Please refer to the Provincial Code of Conduct Policy (attached)



Excusable Absences


Reasons for student absences from school may be accepted or rejected by the school. STUDENT SICKNESS, MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS, SERIOUS ILLNESS OR DEATH IN THE FAMILY are considered acceptable excuses.  Every effort should be made to arrange medical appointments outside of school hours. Students at FHCS will be excused from class when they are involved in school co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.


Students who miss school must bring a written excuse, dated and signed by a parent or guardian or have them contact the office for every absence, including single periods during the day.  This must be presented no more than 2 school days after the absence.  Excuses will be kept on file in the office. If a written excuse is not submitted within 2 school days immediately following the absence, the absence may be considered unexcused.


*****Please follow COVID19 protocols when considering whether or not to send your student to school.


Athletic and Extra-Curricular Participation


With the privilege of participating in extra-curricular activities comes a level of responsibility.  As a participant in athletics or other extra-curricular activities at FHCS, you represent yourself, your family, your community and your school.


The responsibilities and expectations placed upon you by other students, teachers and administrators are significant.  Therefore you are asked to represent FHCS to the best of your ability.


Athlete's Duties


As an athlete at FHCS you have many duties, some of which are:

  • Treat visiting teams and officials with
  • Show respect for athletic equipment and
  • Dress in an appropriate manner for home and away
  • Be responsible for uniform neatness and
  • Advise your coach if you are unable to attend a practice or
  • Become involved in student council or team specific fundraising


Extra-Curricular Eligibility


Participants in extra-curricular activities must meet the following expectations:

  • In a semester you must take not less than three courses and a total of six courses for the
  • You must be under the age of 19 effective September 30th of the current school year to be eligible to participate in
  • Course and school attendance must be You may not participate on a day in which you have an unexcused absence.
  • Students are expected to be working to their potential.  
  • The Provincial Code of Conduct and all policies must be strictly


Participation Exclusion


A student's eligibility may be revoked at any time by school administration in consultation with coaching and teaching personnel.  Several steps that may be taken include:

  • A "probationary'' period during which the student is given time to effectively address deficiencies while continuing to
  • A period of probation during which the student is not permitted to play until deficiencies are
  • Immediate removal from the team or activity for breaches of


Cell Phones and other Electronic Devices

We ask that students refrain from using cell phones and other electronic devices during instruction time, unless they are being used as part of the lesson or activity.


 Internet Usage


Forest Heights Community School provides access to the resources on the FHCS network and on the Internet. When used wisely these resources can enrich and transform learning experiences.

Freedom of access to the wealth of resources available on the Internet needs to be accessed responsibly.  Each user of the Internet must recognize his or her responsibility in accepting this freedom of access.




 At Forest Heights Community School, we believe in establishing high standards of learning that allow all students to achieve and improve.   To ensure that all students achieve and improve, we have developed a number of academic interventions.



Academic Interventions


The extent and specific type of academic intervention is determined as the result of a Core Planning Team Referral. Generally, students who are failing two or more courses are deemed as requiring academic interventions. Any student may take advantage of an academic intervention by requesting a Core Planning Team Referral to deem if intervention is necessary.



Study Periods


 All students on study periods must be in one of the designated areas (cafeteria, learning commons, outside).  Students on study periods should not be interrupting or disrupting classes that are in session.


Program Planning Team Referral


Students who are having difficulty completing work are also referred to our Program Planning Team for review.  As a result of a PPT referral, a student may receive Individual Adaptations or an Individual Program Plan.



Learning Commons


The learning commons is a place for students to work independently or collaboratively while on their study period or with their teacher’s permission.  Teachers may also bring whole classes to the learning commons for research or for collaborative activities.  At time the learning commons may be closed for small presentations or functions.


  Working in the learning commons is a privilege not a right, those students disrupting the learning of   

  others may be asked to leave.





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PO Box 29
Chester Basin, N.S.
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Phone: (902) 275-2700
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