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Playground & Other Rules


The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the Mary Ann Binford campus and building are safe for children and adults. Staff, students and visitors are expected to follow these guidelines. However, individual safety situations and/or problems will be resolved on the basis of good common sense and sound professional judgement.

Before School

  • Students may arrive no earlier than 7:20AM.  Family members will be contacted to pick-up students who repeatedly arrive earlier than 7:20AM.
  • Playground supervision begins at 7:20AM.
  • At the 7:43AM bell, students are to walk to their classroom line assignments and wait for the teacher to pick them up. 
  • At 7:43, teachers will walk together to the classroom.
  • School begins promptly at 7:45AM.
  • If a student is late they must get a Tardy Slip from the Tardy Stations or in the office.



  • Walk to the playground when leaving the cafeteria
  • Students may run on grass, wood chip, dirt or sand areas only, walk on all sidewalks
  • No food or candy is to be eaten on the playground while playing
  • Snacks can only be eaten on the tables before playing on the equipment or play areas
  • Put all trash in trashcans
  • No personal toys or electronics allowed
  • Use sports equipment properly. 
  • Use playground equipment safely by following all equipment rules
  • No playing tag around or on any of the equipment
  • Play in designated areas only
  • Swings
    • One person on a swing at a time – please no saving swings for others
    • Students are expected to play and swing appropriately
    • Swing back and forth (no twisting or side-to-side)
    • Do not walk between swings or go under swings
    • Do not climb the poles
    • Drag your feet to slow down the swing.  Do not jump out of a moving swing.
    • Do not wrap chains or swing to make the swing higher.
  • Slides
    • One person on the ladder and the slide at a time
    • Sit on your bottom, feet first
    • No trains
    • No chase games
    • Do not walk up the slide or hang from the sides
  • Bars
    • One person at a time
    • Hold on with your hands
    • No sitting or standing on the top of the bars
    • No cherry drops or chicken
    • Do not jump off the top of the bars
    • No playing tag on or around the bars
  • Games (Football, Basketball, Tetherball, Tag)
    • All games are open unless the duty person limits the number of players
    • Rules of the game must be followed
    • Games must be played on the basketball court or field area
    • Tag games are not allowed near any equipment
    • Good sportsmanship is always expected
    • Lost balls over the fence or on the roof will be retrieved by an adult
  • All play stops when the bell rings
  • Report any problems to the duty teacher
  • Absolutely no rock, wood chip or sand throwing or kicking of any kind
  • If you cannot see a duty teacher and the duty teacher cannot see you, then you are in a closed area.  Please move to a supervised area and continue playing.
  • No playing while you are in line or on your way to line up
  • Walk quietly back to class and hold all sports equipment

Students will receive a discipline referral or “ticket” during recess if they are not following the playground rules and procedures.  Students will always receive a prompt to change their behavior.  Classroom teachers will be notified when any of their students receive a ticket.  Severe behaviors and repeated misbehaviors may result in a meeting with the assistant principal and may be reported to the principal and/or the student’s family. 

Other School Areas


  • Walk in the cafeteria
  • Stand quietly in line
  • Sit on your bottom
  • Use polite manners
  • Use inside voices
  • Talk with the person next to you or across from you
  • Raise your hand if you need an adult
  • Stay seated until you are dismissed
  • Clean your area completely before leaving your table
  • Walk to the playground with the assigned cafeteria duty
  • Classroom table cleaners will be selected and/or designated by classroom teachers
  • No food is to be taken out of the cafeteria to the playground

Hallways and Sidewalks

  • Walk on the right side
  • Keep hands and feet to yourself.  Do not touch walls or student work.
  • Observe two way traffic in the hallways – walk in a line on the right side
  • Use inside voices
  • Students are not to be in the hallways before school


  • Move carefully
  • Use quiet voices
  • Look, Listen, and Read
  • Respect library materials and equipment
  • Follow the library rules and expectations


  • Use an inside voice
  • One person at a time in each stall
  • Use the toilet or urinal properly
  • Make sure the toilet flushes when you are finished
  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Throw all trash in the trashcans
  • No playing
  • Report problems to an adult
  • Conserve water, soap, and paper towels


  • Sit flat on your bottom
  • Use an inside voice
  • Practice good audience behavior
  • Respond politely to the presenters
  • Wait for a teacher to dismiss you