|1. The Daily Schedule
Each of the scheduled classes of the day is 75 minutes in length. Travel time is provided between periods 1 and 2. Students are to be in classrooms and ready to begin at the designated start time of each class.
For the first two 8-day cycles, students will meet daily in their Advisory Group. This meeting time could be a short, 10-minute time frame, or a longer, extended time slot. The shorter time schedule is outlined below.
Gym activities stop, gym cleared
||Proceed to Advisory Group
||Advisory Group Period Ends
|9:10 – 10:25
|10:30 – 11:45
|11:45 – 12:05
|12:05 – 1:20
|1:20 – 2:07
|2:07 – 3:22
The following schedule is for the remainder of the year.
||Proceed to class
|9:00 – 10:15
|10:20 – 11:35
|11:35 – 11:55
|12:00 – 1:15
|1:15 – 2:02
||Lunch (5 minutes earlier for grade 9)
|2:07 – 3:22
Early Dismissal Schedule:
||Proceed to class
|9:05 – 9:45
|9:50 – 10:30
|10:30 – 10:58
|10:58 – 11:37
|11:42 – 12:22
Check our online calendar for early dismissal dates.
2. The 8-Day Cycle
The school operates on an 8-day cycle. Cycle days for the school year are posted on our online calendar:
Holidays, in-service days and exam days are not included in the numbering system. Days cancelled due to weather conditions are lost from the cycle. For example, if a school day is cancelled on Day 5 because of a storm, it will be Day 6 when you return the next day.
Daily written announcements:
- are to be emailed to email@example.com by 8:50 a.m.
- will be emailed to students through the morning to their gnspes.ca address
- are available on our website and via the Parent Portal
- will be posted on the Student Google Classroom
Any announcements submitted by students must have the name of the student advisor on the announcement request, indicating the advisor approves of the announcement.
4. Book Bags & Knapsacks
While students may bring book bags to school, they must be aware that they are not allowed in the Library. Students are discouraged from leaving book bags unattended, especially those containing items such as wallets, iPods, cell phones or other valuables.
5. Cafeteria Services
Horton has an outstanding cafeteria staff who they work diligently to offer a wide variety of nutritious, affordable items each day for students and staff. A complete menu, along with the Daily Specials, may be found on our website. In addition, we offer a complimentary Breakfast Program each morning for all students. Parents or students who wish to contribute to this valuable program are invited to do so at any time; your support is always appreciated.
Griffy’s Grill, which serves all Horton students, is located in Horton Hall. Its hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This service is privately operated with profit-sharing going to Student’s Council. The cafeteria will be closed during class change time and at the end of recess (for 30 minutes). Students involved with scheduled activities at noon may pre-order and prepay, then collect orders at noon without lining up.
6. Campus Shop
A variety of commonly used school supplies is on hand in the Admin Office. These include: pens, pencils, binders, coloured pencils, memory sticks, markers and rulers. A complete list of items available (along with prices) may be found on our website, under “Campus Shop”.
7. Care of School Property
- All students must help to maintain the cleanliness of the school. They are not to mark on the desks, walls, or lockers at any time. Textbooks, Chromebooks, & school calculators are not to be left on desks or in the classrooms overnight.
- Any damage, accidental or intentional, must be reported immediately to the principal.
- Students who leave their lockers in an unsatisfactory state at the end of the year may be charged a $5 cleaning fee.
8. Cell Phones & Smart Devices
Smart devices shall include smartphones, tablets, iPods and other portable technology with texting and/or internet capability. Smart devices and tablets are valuable learning tools and students are encouraged to bring their devices to enhance their learning. Use of these devices must conform with the AVRCE acceptable use policy and the Horton High School cellular and smart device policy outlined below.
The following is from the policy of the AVRCE:
- Cellular phones may not be used at any time where individual privacy must be protected, such as in washrooms or change rooms.
- If the video recording feature of a cellular phone is used in such a way as to show disrespect for another’s privacy, or if the text messaging feature is used during a test or examination, these actions will be considered to fall under the category of a “severely disruptive/illegal behaviour”, under the Board’s Student Code of Behaviour Policy.
Horton students are expected to practice appropriate digital citizenship throughout the school day. This includes – but is not limited to – the following guidelines:
• Students shall ensure that smart devices in their possession are in silent or vibrate mode during class time.
• Smart devices are to be away or with the teacher during any form of assessment where these devices could be used to cheat.
• Students shall not initiate communication such as phone calls, SnapChats, and text messages nor shall they respond to calls or other types of communication that might negatively impact their learning during class time unless permission has been granted by the classroom teacher.
• The use of smart devices shall not interfere with the class environment NOR be a distraction to other students.
• It is expected that students using smart devices during class time do so discretely, with the understanding that they are responsible for being active learners and remaining engaged in the lesson or the class work which has been assigned.
• Inappropriate use of smart devices in school that falls under the category of cyberbullying will be handled at the office in accordance with the Nova Scotia Cyberbullying Act.
Students who violate the AVRCE or Horton cell phone/smart device policy will be dealt with in the following manner:
1st Offense: Warning from staff member involved
2nd Offense: Loss of device for remainder of the class
3rd Offense: Device is taken to the office for end of day pickup by the student
4th Offense: Device goes to office for pickup by parent
Subsequent offences may entail the student no longer being permitted to bring his/her smart device to school; failure to comply would be considered an act of defiance, subject to suspension. Repeat offenders will be closely monitored by school administration.
9. ChromeBook Computers: SEE APPENDIX K
10. Clothing Orders: See SWAG (Below)
11. Corridor Use During the Day
No student should be in the wing hallways during class without the express permission of his/her scheduled teacher. Students who have a free period are also not to loiter in the halls. Students entering/exiting the building during class time are expected to use the main entrance doors. Due to fire/safety regulations, students are not allowed to sit in the hallways or on the steps.
12. Dress Code
FROM THE REGIONAL OFFICE: The Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education believes that the manner in which students dress and conduct themselves has a direct influence on the educational learning environment of the school and school community. The AVRCE believes that schools must maintain learning environments that are positive and respectful. Consequently, the Board requires that students’ manner of dress promote both a positive, respectful school climate, and be reflective of community standards and diversity.
The AVRCE views the safety and welfare of students and staff as being paramount; therefore, the Board supports schools in their requirements that students dress safely and in a manner that is appropriate for the setting in which an educational program is being carried out.
Appropriate school dress
FROM HORTON ADMINISTRATION: Schools are a public place in the community and we want our students to understand that how you dress matters. One job in education is to help teach students more than what they learn in their classes. School must be considered on the same level as a place of work. If the attire is not appropriate for a job interview or work placement, it might not be the best decision to wear it to school.
Students are expected at all times to dress in a manner that is appropriate, clean, and tidy. A student’s dress and appearance shall be safe, and appropriate for the time, place, and occasion. This includes school events such as dances, sporting events, or any events where the student is representing the school/school board. We do not want students to be out of school due to school attire, as that is not the goal. We do appreciate your support if we are forced to call to a dress situation that is not appropriate for our school community. Together we will be able to find a solution to any concern.
Inappropriate attire is judged to be any attire that is profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, promotes or incites discrimination, or which, because of the setting (for example, in certain laboratory situations) endangers the health and safety of oneself or others.
Examples of dress, appearance, or adornment that schools must prohibit include, but are not limited to:
- any attire containing symbols, styles or messages, which promote or may incite hatred, intolerance, discrimination, violence, or intimidation
- any attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, profane, vulgar or offensive
- any adornment or clothing (such as chains or spikes) that could reasonably be perceived as, or used as, a weapon
- clothes that are see-through or have holes in inappropriate places
Students who do not comply with the school dress code may be directed to return home and change their attire before returning to school or may be directed to wear a school-provided T-shirt until end-of-day dismissal.
Repeated non-compliance of the dress code will be treated as a disciplinary issue and be considered disruptive behaviour under the AVRCE BP/AP 402.7 Student Code of Behaviour.
13. End-of-Day Dismissal
Students will dismiss for the day immediately after last period. Students may leave the building once they have returned to their lockers to retrieve required items. Buses will depart 10 minutes after the dismissal bell.
14. Food Service
See Cafeteria Service
15. Free Periods
Only students in grade 11 or grade 12 may have free periods. Those students who have free time at the beginning of a day may sign in late, or if they have free time at the end of the day may sign out early. Students at school who have free time will go outside, to the library, if available, or to Horton Hall. Students must not linger or be in the wing halls. Students who have a study period during period 1 must attend Advisory Group during September. School administration reserves the right to assign students on a free to a designated, supervised area should they be found violating school rules during their free period or in danger of failing one or more required courses.
16. Laptop Computers ~ Personal
Students wishing to access the internet on their own laptop computers may do so via Horton student wi-fi only. See Item 35 for wi-fi information. Students are not permitted to connect their own laptops directly (via cables) to our school network.
- Students must recognize that the use of a locker is a privilege, not a right.
- To enjoy this privilege, students must meet the school’s criteria for locker usage, which includes prepayment of a Students’ Council fee and the payment of all bills outstanding.
- Students are not allowed to share lockers with other students.
- Students are not allowed to change locks or lockers. No personal (store-bought) locks are permitted to be used.
- The locks are provided by the school and remain the property of the school.
- Once a locker is assigned to a student, the student is responsible for reporting any damage to that locker or lock, to both the Advisory teacher and the school administration. Damage done to lockers but not reported will be the financial responsibility of the student.
- Students will sign a locker contract prior to being assigned a locker to indicate their willingness to comply with the conditions of locker usage. Students who choose to decline the offer of a locker will indicate this on the locker contract.
- Lockers remain the property of the school, and the school administration reserves the right to open lockers at any time without prior notification.
- Students are not allowed to glue, tape or stick items in/on their lockers.
- Lockers will be inspected at the end of the year. Students will be required to leave their lockers in the same state that they received them. Failure to do this may result in bills being charged to the students.
- Perishable food items are not to be left in lockers overnight.
18. Lost & Found
If you have lost something or found something, report to the service desk where office staff will take the details and arrange for announcements as necessary. Students are advised against bringing large sums of money and other valuables to school. The school administration is not responsible for the investigation of thefts due to carelessness.
It is expected that students will eat their lunches in Horton Hall or outside the building. Teachers may allow for students in lunchtime meetings to eat lunches in their rooms. Students who eat in Horton Hall are expected to leave the tables in the same location and to place garbage in the appropriate receptacles.
20. Nova Scotia Educational Facilities Society – SEED Grants
As part of their mandate, the NSEFS provides financial assistance to enable individual students and/or public schools to make use of, or establish programs that match our goals. Grants are available for applications that benefit an individual and/or school program. Application forms may be downloaded via the Horton website.
Prefects are chosen as student leaders who are assigned special responsibilities and are expected to work with the staff and the student body to create a spirit of cooperation and respect for both people and property in the school.
22. Posters & Signs
There are designated spaces (bulletin boards) throughout the school for signage. Posters/signs must be approved by the office and are generally not permitted on walls, windows or woodwork except in special circumstances deemed appropriate by administration.
Horton High School has an RCH Committee comprised of staff and students. The Race Relations, Cross Cultural Understanding and Human Rights, Policy of the AVRCE will be followed. In addition, HHS will provide a supporting educational component:
- At all grade levels teachers will reinforce the need to recognize and fight racist, sexist and discriminatory behaviours.
- Counselling will be advocated and provided at student, staff, or parental request.
- A culture of mutual respect will guide all personal interactions within the HHS community.
- All students at HHS are respected and treated with equity. Racial, ethnic or gender intolerance is unacceptable. These types of actions will have serious consequences.
- Horton High School Trans* Inclusive Policy: The AVRCE prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. In order to comport with this policy and to uphold the principles of equity and inclusion, Horton maintains the following policies to facilitate and encourage the participation of trans* and gender-nonconforming students, staff and visitors. These policies cover: participation in clubs and sports; participation in education offerings; and accommodation for trans* and gender nonconforming who attend and participate in any activities, educational or otherwise, at Horton High School.
- In keeping with our mandate to prevent discrimination of any kind, Horton will take punitive action for any types of bullying or harassment based on discrimination. Staff will, to the best of their ability, attempt to stop any form of discrimination if they witness it. Our wish is to prevent both discrimination and bullying due to gender and/or sexuality-related reasons.
24. Room Security
Students who arrive early are encouraged to gather in Horton Hall. Classrooms will remain locked until opened by the homeroom teacher.
25. Scent-Sensitive Policy
Over the last number of years we have seen various institutions and businesses adopt “scent-sensitive” policies. These actions are a result of increased rates of reaction to fragrances in the general population. Statistics indicate that approximately 15% of the population has adverse reactions to various scented products. Research also indicates student performance decreases when exposure to fragrances occurs.
In accordance with this, Horton High School encourages all staff, students, and visitors to refrain from the use of scented personal care products. This includes, but is not restricted to those products in the form of perfumes, colognes, after-shave, hair sprays, etc. Information regarding alternative products is available, upon request, from the Occupational Health & Safety Committee in the school.
26. School Buses
- The bus driver will have complete charge of conduct and discipline on the bus at all times.
- No smoking or eating is permitted on school buses. No open drinks are permitted on school buses.
- Bus drivers can refer discipline matters, if they feel it is necessary, to school administrators.
- Students wishing to travel on a bus other than their own must present a note from home to the office. They will then be provided with a form to give to the driver.
27. School Exits and Entrances
In order to maintain reasonable safety and security for all members of the Horton school community, entrance doors other than those at the main entry (near the admin offices) will be locked during the school day. Students are not to use the doors at the ends of the red and blue wing during class time unless there is an emergency evacuation or teacher permission has been granted. Provisions will be made for access during recess and lunch breaks.
28. School Grounds
Students are encouraged to use the outdoor facilities before school and during break times, at recess, and noon, but are not to enter the property of our neighbours. We want to remain good neighbours and ensure student safety. This means that the roadway leading from the parking lot to the main entrance, the fire road to the Old Orchard Inn, Highway 101, the orchard toward Highway 101, the pond area to the west of the guard rails on the west side of the school, and all wooded areas surrounding the school grounds are out-of-bounds.
Students who wish to walk home for lunch must present to the administration, at the beginning of the year, written permission from parents. These students must use designated roadways to get to their homes. Caution is urged, as there are no sidewalks in the area. Other individuals are not to accompany these students due to the safety factor.
Horton maintains a small sickbay area with washroom facilities for students who are ill and waiting for a drive home. In order to be admitted to sickbay, students must indicate to their teacher that they are ill and need to go home. A staff member will bring the student to the office area and contact home to arrange a drive, then accompany him/her to sickbay to await pickup. Students who become ill during non-class time are to report to the administration office, where the same protocol will be followed. Students who indicate that they do not need to go home will be escorted back to class.
30. Staff Contact Information
An up-to-date list of all Horton staff, along with links to their email addresses and (where appropriate) their web pages may be found on our website under the link: Contact … Staff.
31. Student Meeting Locations
Students planning to hold a meeting are encouraged to book one of the meeting rooms or the Conference Room. This may be done through the office.
32. Student Supervision
Students wishing to use the gym (including the fitness studio) at any time or planning activities at the school which will take place outside regular school hours must have staff supervision.
33. SWAG: Spirit Wear And Gifts
We carry a small inventory of clothing and gift items year round – available through the admin office. Click the SWAG link on our website to view the current offerings. In addition, Students Council places custom orders for Horton clothing twice a year: before Christmas Break and in the spring before graduation season. The spring order typically includes grad wear as well.
34. Teacher Authority
Any teacher or other staff member will have full authority over all students during school hours and when on school property.
In-house phones are not for student use unless specific permission has been granted. Students wishing to phone home may do so in the admin office.
36. Vehicles and Their Use
Student parking at Horton is a privilege, not a right.
- Students are not to be in any parked vehicle during the school day.
- Students are to obey all posted speed limits and traffic signs.
- White lines identify student-parking areas. Students are expected to refrain from parking in the designated visitor spaces.
- Students’ vehicles must not display (inside or out) obscenities or offensive (racial, sexual, etc.) signs or symbols.
- When parents give permission for a student to drive to school, they also assume responsibility as to whether the student uses his/her vehicle during non-class time, including, in the case of Grade 11 or 12 students, during their free period.
- Students driving off school grounds during the school day are expected to follow the school’s signing out policy.
- Student vehicles are not permitted in the bus loop except with special permission from staff.
A student’s failure to observe any one of these rules may result in loss of parking privileges.
37. Vending Machines
There are machines in the cafeteria which dispense snacks and beverages. These machines are able to accept bills as well as coins and are maintained by the cafeteria staff who will address any issues or problems with them.
Horton is a closed campus. This means the site, during the regular school day, is reserved for the benefit of Horton students only. Parents and guardians are welcome on property but are asked to report to the office before walking through the building. Students are not allowed to receive social visits from non-student friends during the day, including recess and noon.
38. Water Bottles
In keeping with our wish to limit the consumption of non-renewable resources, Horton High School does not sell bottled water. Bottle filling stations are located on both levels of the school. Students are encouraged to bring their own refillable bottles each day.
39. Wi-Fi Access
Wireless internet is available throughout the school to students for personal devices. Rules governing acceptable computer use also apply to wi-fi users. The network for student use for your personal device is called AVRCE_Student and requires your device wifi address to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org from your student gnspes.ca email address. The subject of your email should say only wireless and the body of the email should be in this format with your wifi address substituted for this example: +12:34:56:AB:CD:EF,iPhone. (the plus sign, the colons, the comma, and all other information have no spaces between them and all must be included in the email.) You will receive an email back telling you which wifi signal to connect with. For assistance with Horton wi-fi, check out http://it.avrce.ca and find the Connect Personal Device to Wireless link on that page.