October 29, 2013
Re: Packed on our playground
Dear Washington-Hoyt Parents:
I want to thank you for your support as we continue to develop norms for safe behavior during morning lineup before school begins.
Our challenge is the size of the playground at Camp Hunt. The area where we line up is approximately 18,000 square feet of asphalt. On the other hand, the asphalt area at our Proctor site was approcimately 39,000 square feet. More than twice the size of Camp Hunt!
A second difference between lineup at Proctor and lineup at Camp Hunt, is the fact we have more students lining up this year. At our Proctor site we had about 320 students lining up before morning bell. Our entire kindergarten and one first grade were a block away lining up at our Hoyt campus. At Camp Hunt we are currently lining up over 420 studetns in an area less than half the size of what we had at our Proctor site.
Therefore,to keep our students safe we have two simple rules:
Students can walk around and talk with their friends until the 8:55 bell lineup rings. They must NOT run, swing backpacks, play tag, push each other, or basically engage in any kind of playground games of energetic activity. There just isn’t enough room for over 400 children to be physically active. Our playground, is NOT a playground before school starts. It’s a lineup area.
When the 8:55 bell rings all students are to lineup at their classroom’s assigned spot. They are to stand quietly and wait for their teacher. This is necessary because it is very difficult for our teachers to identify and “round up” their studetns when they come out at 8:55 and are confronted with the entire student body milling about in a confined area.
And parents, please feel free to be with your student before the 8:55 bell. The more responsible adults we have monitoring the children, the safer they will be.
John Knight, Principal