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updated January 2024








Student Handbook










JVH School


Welcome to this new year at JVH!


At JVH, we celebrate the development and evolution of learning opportunities in partnerships with students, families, staff, and community.  We are privileged to be one of British Columbia’s growing number of K-12 schools, and our learning community spans all ages, including early learners and adult learners.  We intend to continue to develop learning experiences that are relevant, engaging, and rigorous and that help develop excitement and empowerment for life-long learning.  We invite students to become active contributors to our community by joining sports teams, clubs, extra-curricular events and more. 


This handbook is designed to facilitate a positive learning environment for all.  While we place a high emphasis on clarity through this document, we also know that strong relationships and ongoing conversations are instrumental in supporting optimal learning.  Please contact our office with any questions, suggestions, or concerns.


Ron Sherman

Principal J. V. Humphries K-12 School and Jewett Elementary School


Office: 250-353-2227   





School District No. 8 Kootenay Lake Framework for Learning


Our SD8 Board of Education recognizes and promotes the idea that learning and success are not easily defined and are multi-dimensional.  With this in mind, they have published the following framework to guide our support of student learning.


Lifelong Learners

We improve student learning through interest-based, competency-based, flexible and innovative approaches.


Connected Learners

We inspire learners to become curious, critical, and creative stewards of the natural world and the local and global community.


Caring and Inclusive Learning Culture

We promote physical and mental well-being through social-emotional learning to foster compassionate learners.


Cultural and Identity Development

We promote a positive sense of identity in culturally safe and responsive communities of learning.


Career Development

We prepare students to graduate with options for their future life and career goals.



Please see SD8 Strategic Plan –for the full document.



Student Handbook Table of Contents




Teacher Contact List


JVH and SD8 Code of Conduct


Consequences & Interventions Framework


Consequences & Interventions Details

8 -9

JVH Actions, Rights, and Responsibilities for All


2022-2023 District Calendar


2022-2023 School Calendar


JVH Daily Schedule


Details for Students and Parents



Bikes & Skateboards

Bus Guidelines




Cell Phone Use

Changing Courses

Cheating & Plagiarism




Communication Process to Resolve Complaints

Counselling Services





Extra-Curricular Participation


Financial Hardship




Final Exams

Grade Appeals





Graduation Program

Guests at  School & Criminal Record Checks

Harassment or Bullying of Students




Health Care and Student Accident Procedures

Health Hub

Interim Reports & Incomplete Forms




Lockers & Locks

Lost & Found

Secondary Timetable




Smoking & Vaping

Student Parking & Transportation

Students Suspended from School




Substance Use & Possession

Technology Use

Textbooks & Library Books




Weapons & Knives

Withdrawal from a Course or from School



Appendix A-Process for Dealing with Reports of Bullying





JVH Teacher Contact List 2023-24







Mr. Ron Sherman



Ms. Marlene Wiens










Primary - 1

Ms. Sarah Pollick


Primary - 2

Ms. Tegan Gresley-Jones



Intermediate 1

Ms. Kate Okros


Intermediate - 2

Ms. Keely Grunerud


Intermediate - 3

Ms. Brenna Leitch





Secondary teachers, Various Subjects



Mr. Cam Zuk


Ms. Nancy Patience


Mr. Steve Anderson


Mr. Ian Einer


Ms. Hannah Lunn


Ms. Grace Broadfoot


Ms. Meleana Terlingen


Ms. Emily Barber


Mr. Nick Shave


Mr. Kendrick Lawless


Inclusion Support Teacher

Ms. Kare Cathro


Inclusion Support Teacher

Ms. Yvonne Bousfield


Academic Counselor

Ms. Meleana Terlingen



Mr. Alastair McKay


Primary Prep Teacher and Teacher-Librarian

Ms. Madeleine McCarthy













Code of Conduct


For all Students, Staff, Parents and Volunteers:



Expected Behavior


1. Respect

Students are expected to show respect for people, property, and the school's code of conduct. They are expected to act in a responsible manner and be respectful of the rights of others at school and school activities wherever held.


2. Responsibility

Students are expected to gradually assume more responsibility for themselves, as individuals and members of society. They are expected to become more responsible for undertaking, organizing and completing their schoolwork and for contributing to and promoting a safe, caring and positive school environment.


3. Commitment

Students are expected to strive for excellence in all their school endeavors and comply with school expectations and rules for student work, attendance, behaviour, and deportment.


4. Attitude

Students are expected to participate willingly and diligently in their assigned work and to undertake school activities with a spirit of cooperation and fair play


Compliance with the Code of Conduct

It is expected that students will abide by the District and School Code of Conduct going to and from school, on school buses, at school, and at school activities wherever held.


Retaliation Concerns

Schools and the district will take necessary measures to prevent any retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of code of conduct.














Consequences & Interventions Framework


At JVH…  we believe that all members of our school community have the right to learn, be safe and respected, and to be treated with kindness.  Our discipline model is based on the rights and responsibilities of our students.


Our Motto:

Be Kind – Be Safe – Be Respectful – Be a Learner


Application of the School Code of Conduct:

All of the following expectations apply to behavior in all school learning spaces, during school-organized or sponsored activities, as well beyond the school and online if it impacts the safe, caring or orderly environment of our school and/or student learning.


Rising expectations:

As students move from grade to grade it is expected that they have increasing personal responsibility and self-discipline.


Consequences & Interventions:

        • School staff will consider the severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct of the student in determining disciplinary action.
        • Consequences & interventions will be applied in a fair and consistent manner, respecting individual rights, responsibilities, age, maturity, and any special considerations that apply to the student regarding special needs, if they are unable to comply due to having intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional, or behavioural differences. 
        • Disciplinary action will focus on corrective rather than punitive measures and on the individual taking ownership of mistakes.
        • Our school will treat seriously behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental differences, sex or sexual orientation (prohibited grounds from the BC Human Rights Code).
        • Students, as often as possible, are encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful consequences for violations of the established code of conduct.


Potential consequences & interventions include:

  • Conversation with student
  • Clarity of Code of Conduct and expectations for behavior that is kind, safe, respectful, and supports learning
  • Supervised time to fix mistake &/or give back to the school/community
  • Involvement of family (parent/guardian)
  • Student-involved plan to change behavior
  • School or community counseling or Conflict resolution meetings
  • Student-parent/guardian-staff contract to change behavior
  • Alternate supervised learning space or partial day school program
  • Suspension (as per SD8 policy 300 - )





School staff may, depending on the severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct:

  • Have students inform parents/guardians directly about instances of unacceptable conduct
  • Contact and inform parents/guardians directly about a student’s unacceptable conduct
  • Inform the parents/guardians of students who have been the victims of unacceptable conduct
  • Inform school district officials as required by district policies
  • Inform the police or other agencies as required by law
  • Inform staff and the school community as deemed appropriate by the school and/or district administration


Consequences and Interventions Details


  1. Consequences/Interventions for behaviors that are disruptive to a positive learning environment, including, but not limited to:
  • Uncooperative behavior/ unkind words
  • Unexcused absence (skipping) or Repeated lateness
  • Teasing
  • Inappropriate dress
  • Profanity
  • Loudness/interruptions
  • Running in hallways, pushing, throwing objects
  • Littering
  • Unapproved use of technology


Initial Behavior

Developing Trend of Behavior

Behavior that is not being corrected

  • Conversation with student and potentially with parent/guardian
  • Clarity of Code of Conduct and expectations for behavior that is kind, safe, respectful, and supports learning




Staff member(s) involved will use personal discretion for when to get support from administration.

  • Supervised time in order to fix mistake &/or give back to the school/community
  • Involvement of family (parent/guardian)
  • Student-involved plan to change behavior
  • School or community counseling
  • Conflict resolution meetings



Staff member(s) involved will use personal discretion for when to get support from administration.

  • Student-parent/guardian-staff contract to change behavior
  • Alternate supervised learning space
  • Partial day school program
  • Suspension






Administration will be involved in all consequences/interventions at this level.






  1. The following will involve the administration immediately.  This list is not exhaustive.
  • Outright defiance toward any staff member
  • Cheating/plagiarizing
  • Substance use/possession/trafficking
  • Harassment/Bullying
  • Racist, Sexist or Homophobic comments
  • Theft or Property damage/vandalism
  • Assault/threats of abuse
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon or replica



JVH Actions, Rights, and Responsibilities for All




Everyone at JVH will…



I have the right…



I have the responsibility…

Be Kind

  • to a safe, supportive and positive school community
  • to treat others with respect and dignity regardless of gender, race, culture, or beliefs.
  • to work through conflicts in a compassionate and non-violent way.
  • to get support when I need help with a conflict.

Be Safe

  • to a safe, clean and healthy physical environment
  • to ensure that the school is free from litter, theft, and vandalism.
  • to neither bring nor use tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.
  • to keep the school free from dangerous materials (real or replicas).
  • to keep the school free from threats, abuse and violence.

Be Respectful

  • to express myself appropriately and be listened to
  • to care for myself and others.
  • to take into consideration the opinions of others.
  • to speak respectfully at appropriate times and to listen to others politely.

Be a Learner

  • to an education and to learn
  • to meet school and classroom expectations.
  • to be engaged in my learning and to give my best effort.
  • to cooperate with others.















SD8 District Calendar:


JVH K-12 Calendar * Please note- JVH and JES have different Early Dismissal Days

Additional details and dates are posted on our Website:


September              05       First Day of School for all students – ½ day 11:45AM dismissal

September              22       School Planning Day – no school for students

October                  02       National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - Statutory Holiday

October                  05       Individual Photo Day

October                  09       Thanksgiving Day - school closed

October                  20       Professional Development Day (PSA) – no school for students

October                  24       * Early Dismissal Day (one hour early) – conferencing available

October                  25       * Early Dismissal Day (one hour early) – conferencing available

October                  26       * Early Dismissal Day (one hour early) – conferencing available

October                  27       K-12 informal communication with families complete

November               10       Remembrance Day assembly (whole school)

November               13       Remembrance Day Statutory Holiday – school closed     

November               27       Term 1 Report Cards home (K-12)

December               15       Last Day of Classes Before Winter Holiday

January                   02       School is back in session after the break

January                   15       Pro. D. day (district) No school for students

January                   26       Secondary Semester 1 Ends

February                 09       Secondary Semester 1 Report Cards home

February                 16       Pro. D. Day (school-based) No school for students

February                 19       Family Day statutory holiday– school closed

March                     08       Term 2 Report Cards home (K-12)

March                     15       Last Day of Classes Before Spring Break & school closure week

April                       01       Easter Monday (school closed)

April                       02       School reopens

April                       22       Pro. D. Day (district) No school for students

April                       24       Early Dismissal Day (one hour early) – conferencing available

April                       TBD    Provincial Assessments for Grades 10 and 12

May                        17       Elementary Celebration of Learning (to be confirmed)

May                         20       Victoria Day – school closed

May                         27       Pro. D. Day (school-based) No school for students

June                       24       Grade 12 Graduation Events and Ceremony (Saturday)

June                       23-29  Secondary Project Completion week

June                       26       Term 3 report cards home

June                       26       Awards Ceremony   ½ day, last day for students                      

June                       27       Administrative Day (no school for students)

June                        28       School closed for the summer



J.V. Humphries School Daily Schedule – 2023-2024


Elementary (gr. K-7) Schedule (301 min)

8:45-10:30                   Morning session (105 min)

10:30 – 10:45               Recess

10:45-12:05                 Mid-morning Session (80)

12:05-12:50                 Lunch

12:50-2:46                   Afternoon Session (116)

3:08                             Bus Departure


Secondary (gr. 8-12) Schedule (325min)


8:45-8:50                     Multi-grade TAG, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

8:50 – 9:54                   1st Learning Block

9:58 – 11:02                 2nd Learning Block

11:06 – 12:10               3rd Learning Block

12:10 – 12:48              Lunch

12:48 – 1:52                 4th Learning Block

1:56 – 3:02                   5th Learning Block

3:08                             Bus Departure


  • No TAG meeting on Wednesdays – explorations start at 8:45AM



Bells will ring at:

8:40             Elementary Start of Day

10:45            Elementary End of Recess

12:48            Secondary Start of Afternoon

3:02             Secondary End of Day





Details for Students and Parents


You can access all School District 8 Board Policies, here:





If a student is absent, they lose the educational benefits of a class. Often, it is impossible to make up the missed experience - at least in its entirety - and to gain from this learning experience to the same degree that students would through group involvement in regular classes. 


For safety reasons, it is important for us to know where students are at all times. 


  • Expectations & Protocols


  • It is expected that students will attend full classes every school day.
  • All teachers will take attendance and keep a record of absences and lateness in MyEducationBC.  Administration regularly analyzes absences and lates of individual students and will address any trends that emerge.
  • It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian of an absent student to contact the school for all absences.  This is best done by emailing our secretary Ms. Wiens at and including the specific teachers of all missed classes or using the Report Absence function on our website:

(Teachers’ email addresses are listed in this handbook and on our website.)

    • For K-7 students, if the school does not receive a message regarding an absence, parents/guardians will be contacted that day by our secretary.
    • For grades 8-12 students, teachers may contact a parent/guardian in the event of a questionable absence.  Administration will also become involved if there is concern about an unexcused absence and if a trend in absences is developing for a student.
    • In an effort to stress the importance of daily attendance and parent communication with our school, students in grades 8-12 will have to stay after school to make up time for unexcused absences, and be required to be in a study session rather than have the option for sports or other activities during the TAG block.
  • If a family is planning a multi-day absence, parents/guardians and students should understand that teachers likely cannot pre-teach the lessons, nor provide make-up assignments to cover all the learning that will be missed.
  • Teachers will, within reason, attempt to provide make-up work for excused absences.
  • Students who arrive late to school are expected to report to the main office to sign in.  Students who are excused to leave early must report to the office to sign out.
  • Students who are absent from any of their scheduled classes on the day of a co-curricular or extra-curricular activity (eg: a field trip, a sports practice or game, etc.) in which they are scheduled to take part may not be allowed to participate in that activity. Exceptions may be made for excused absences communicated through the office.
  • Teachers will indicate due dates for work. The responsibility for timely completion of all make-up requirements rests with the student, with family support.
  • If a school-related activity requires that students miss class time, students must inform the teachers of the classes they will miss in advance.


Bikes & Skateboards


  • Bicycles must be parked in the racks provided. It is recommended that students bring and use bicycle locks.  Students must wear helmets to and from school and during any bicycling activities organized by the school.  We welcome student-organized bicycle days and will support the safe use of shared spaces.  These days must be planned with staff in advance.  Students are not to interfere with others’ bikes, helmets, or other equipment.
  • Skateboarding on school property during school hours is permitted, under supervision, during pre-arranged times in identified locations. Helmets must be worn while skateboarding.  Skateboards are not to be taken to classrooms. If a student does not want to store his/her skateboard in a locker, it can be stored each day in the office.  Skateboards on the bus must be enclosed in a bag.
  • Skateboard wheels damage the flooring surfacing, even beyond what can be seen.  We will address seriously any concerns that come up regarding any wheeled devices within the school building.


Bus Guidelines


To ensure safety, students who travel on school buses are expected to obey all rules, which will be explained by the bus driver. Infractions of bus rules may result in the suspension of bus privileges, and/or other disciplinary actions, which involve district level responses from our Transportation Coordinator. 


Where students are found responsible for damage to busses, they and/or their parents/guardians or guardians, will be liable for the cost of repairs. These guidelines are for appropriate student conduct while under the jurisdiction of the school. This includes traveling to and from school, while at school and while at any school sponsored function whenever and wherever held.  Buses are equipped with video surveillance.

The Bus Code of Conduct can be found on the SD8 Website:


Cell Phone Use


Grades K-7:

Cell Phone use is not permitted in elementary grades.  However, if a student needs a cell phone at school, they will do so in agreement with their classroom teacher and their parents.

Grades 8-12:

Cell Phone Use is permitted during non-class time.  Each teacher has their own rules about cell phones in their classes.

Any student not following the teacher’s rules about cell phone use will have their cell phone brought to the office.  Students may come to the office at the end of the day to pick up their phone.  If it happens repeatedly, parents will need to come to get the phone.







Changing Courses


The school timetable is prepared on the basis of learning experiences that are required by the BC Ministry of Education, in combination with what students and families select.  Administration has full authority in the placement of students and will make final decisions in this regard.  Where it is approved by teachers and the counselor, and where numbers permit, students may change courses with the counselor’s approval during a period of time that will be communicated to students. After this time period, the counselor and/or administration will make decisions regarding possible changes in any course or program.



Cheating & Plagiarism


Cheating and plagiarism, in any form, will not be accepted. Any student involved with cheating and plagiarism will be referred to the administration for further action. 


Communication Process for Parents to Resolve Concerns


Please see for details



Counselling Services


  • Academic counselling is available for elementary and secondary students. The academic counsellor assists students in planning their programs, working on portfolios, discussing post-secondary education, planning for scholarships, and developing good work/study habits.
  • Some social-emotional supports are available for elementary and secondary students to help them with personal concerns.
  • Our counsellor and Youth and Family Workers can also help students make contact with community agencies that can provide support.
  • Our counsellor is available during the school day and by appointment.




We understand that student dress is highly personal and an important form of self-expression and a controversial issue in schools.  At the same time, we are a K-12 school and a public space with expectations for how we present ourselves. 


Clothing needs to be safe for each learning space and free from any reference to substances that are illegal for youth, gangs, hate, obscenity, profanity, racism, discrimination, and sexual references.  Students wearing clothes that are deemed by staff to be inappropriate for the environment or too revealing may be referred to administration for a respectful conversation and plan of action. 


For the safety of all students, students are required to wear shoes at all times both inside the school and on the playing fields.


Extra-Curricular Participation


JVH values the importance of extra-curricular activities as part of the learning that happens at school. Participation in extracurricular activities is encouraged for all. Nevertheless, participation is a privilege earned through demonstrating behaviours that meet school policies and our Code of Conduct.


Students involved in extra-curricular activities are ambassadors for the school and have high expectations placed upon their behaviour.  District policy 440 outlines the expectations for all involved.  Any student involved with alcohol or drugs while participating in a school sponsored activity may be immediately removed from all extra-curricular activities during that season of play and may be prohibited from further extra-curricular activities throughout the year.


A student’s behaviours and/or work habits may result in not being able to participate in particular extra-curricular activities.  Any concerns from staff regarding a student’s participation will be brought to administration.


Each coach/sponsor will establish team/club rules in collaboration with administration. Team/club rules will be distributed and discussed with parents/guardians and participants prior to the beginning of the activity. Students are expected to comply with team/club rules and might forfeit their eligibility through noncompliance.


Board Policy prohibits the use of student-driven vehicles for school-based activities. Any parent/guardian/community member who wishes to drive students on a school-based trip must have a current driver’s abstract, vehicle registration and insurance policy on file at the school.


All students are welcome to help organize, lead, and participate in intramurals, clubs, evening activities and are encouraged to speak with administration and/or a sponsor teacher for support.





Cost per child

To Cover


Elementary (K to 7)


All School supplies, agendas etc.




Secondary (Gr. 8-12)


Locks / project materials







Financial Hardship


Provisions for Financial Hardship will be made through the office.  Please contact our principal or secretary to request supports for fees for supplies or field trips as needed. 



Grade Appeals


Students are entitled to appeal their marks. Appeals begin with the classroom teacher. Students may appeal their final course mark to the principal if they feel that there has been an error or injustice.




The Ministry of Education has a new Reporting Order.  For details of the K-9 reporting policy, see: