Playground Rules

General Playground Rules

  1. Play games that are safe, not dangerous. Contact sports are not allowed. Students should keep their hands and feet to themselves. We follow the “hands off” policy. Pulling and tugging at clothing, fighting (even “play fighting”), wrestling and karate are not allowed.
  2. Students may not dig and make holes in the dirt in the back garden area of the playground.
  3. Toys are not to be brought to school. No selling or trading of cards is allowed at school.
    • Tazos, cars, dolls, etc.
  4. Snacks are not allowed on the football field, basketball court or garden.  Students buying food at the school store on Fridays may eat in the interior patio, throw away their trash and then go out to play on the green areas.
  5. There are no “lock-outs.” Any student wanting to play should be accepted. Play fairly and allow for others to rotate into the game.
  6. Take turns. No one can “hold” a place for a friend. There are no “cuts”.
  7. Swings – students waiting for a turn will count to 50 and then trade.
  8. Students inform an adult if a ball has gone over the fence.
  9. Listen for the bell. Freeze when bell rings. Follow directions of school personnel immediately and with good manners. Pick up your belongings. Take balls back to the Physical Education department before lining up on the basketball courts for afternoon classes.
  10. Try to solve a problem before going to an adult. Children are encouraged to solve minor problems themselves using discussion, voting and/or “rock, paper, scissors.”

11.  Use the equipment as it was intended

·         Slide down the slide, do not walk up it

·         Sit on the swing and hold on with both hands, one child at a time and no double swinging

·         Hang on bars with hands always in contact with the bars (no hanging upside down)

·         Students cannot climb any of the equipment poles (soccer goals or basketball poles)

·         Students cannot climb trees.

·         Do not kick volleyballs or basketballs, or sit on them.  Misuse eventually ruins the balls.

  1. If a student is hurt, teacher accompanies student or sends injured student with another student to the see Miss Miraslava (not a group of students).  All accidents are reported to Miss Cristina and recorded in the office.

Is there any alternative to the high-energy activities at recess?

Every day at recess, students have the opportunity to spend time in the library reading books and exploring the collection.  Students can play chess or ping-pong in the interior patios.

Adult Supervisor Guidelines

Playground supervisors are expected to observe students for good sportsmanship, helpful actions, and good problem-solving behaviors.

All playground disagreements that cannot be resolved by the individuals involved will be brought to an adult supervisor. Students will be given an opportunity to come to a mutual solution. Supervisors will facilitate the students’ efforts to reach a mutual solution. If one is not reached, the supervisor will resolve the situation.

Conflicts in which students cannot come to a solution or a student has a pattern of breaking rules:

  1. First offense: Student takes a “timeout” from the game until he/she decides he/she is ready to rejoin the game.
  2. Second offense: Students who needs a “cooling off” period will be directed to a specific area by the playground teacher on duty.
  3. Third offense: Student is removed from the game and “benched” for the duration of recess. Any students involved in physical altercations will meet with the principal. 
  4. Reflection sheet may be applied for extreme cases or repeat offenders.