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Century’s Expectations and Routines


Century Public School Routines

The success of this initiative depends on all adults working as a team and communicating openly and supportively throughout the day and school year.

 A philosophical approach to “School Discipline” based on Ron Morrish’s work.  Successful implementation and practice depends on clear expectations, explicit teaching of the desired behaviours and consistent support from all adults in the building.  We are school teachers rather than classroom teachers.  We must to feel comfortable reinforcing or teaching children from other classes, big and small to support each other, Guests and/or Guest Teachers


  1. Century’s Training Camp:


A planned and purposeful focus on Character and Century’s Routines conducted as an investment in the rest of the year.  A portion of each day will be spent explaining, describing and practicing the specific expectations outlined below



The first two weeks in September

The first week of the New Year

The first week following March Break

Practiced and reinforced on a daily basis throughout the remainder of the year



To establish school as a place where expectations are clear, high supported and rewarded

To demonstrate the importance of these expectations

To facilitate self discipline

To teach the Character Wheel- posted in each classroom and all common areas

To ensure children can demonstrate Century’s Routines


  1. Century’s Routines:

Clear behaviour expectations have been developed to guide students through various phases of the day.  These will be taught and rehearsed during the three training camps

and reinforced throughout the year.  Please be seen practicing with your class – it sends a powerful message.


2a.   Coming to School:


Students Adults
Mentally prepare while travelling to school, at

the bus stop or on the bus by thinking about

the day and Century’s expectations.

Walkers move to assigned area of yard using sidewalk

Review and model student expectations.


‘Busers’ exit bus from front seats to back

Kinders remain on bus, exit last and are walked single-file

along the sidewalk with the help of supervising staff and

student monitors

P & VP will practice bus behaviour with each

bus to establish very specific behaviours.

Arrive on time by being in class before the National Anthem begins Reinforce the difference between

neighborhood behaviour and Century’s & Routines.


2b.    On the Yard:


Students Adults
Move to yard immediately and use your WITS!

Take turns on structures according to the announcements and schedules (before and during school hours) posted on windows

Teach students the boundaries of their yard and structure schedules (note adjusted boundries and new lines)
Use school language which is polite and kind Model school language.
Play cooperatively using equipment properly

eg. Climb up the steps and slide down both

slides.  Balls thrown to peers and not at peers.

Long Jump Pits are for everyone

Sand boxes under structure and swings are part of the structure and shared as per schedule

In winter, slide on knees or bottom at designated spots.


Teach cooperative games in PE classes.


Leave sticks, rocks, sand on the ground.

Stay clear of the fence.

Stay completely out of the flower garden

Ensure classes are supplied with sufficient number of balls, skipping ropes etc.
Children may bring safe toys, balls (no bats, sticks, rackets or clubs) etc. from home

No electronics or technology on the yard

(Note: Technology may be used in class with teacher permission and supervision)

No pokemon or trading cards.

No food.

Skate boards, bikes, scooters, roller blades etc. are walked on school property to the curb

Boards are left at the office during the day

Arrive on time for duty or arrange coverage.

Wear visibility belt and carry sufficient number of labeled clothes pins.  Office has extra passes & sashes

Use washroom for emergencies only and obtain a clip (you should have 3) from duty teacher

Enter and exit to and from middle yard door.

Use ground floor washrooms only.

Allow a maximum of two into washroom at a time.
Follow instructions of supervising adults. Ask for help before you need it.

2c.    Entering the School:


Students Adults
Students move to and sit on designated lines on the 1st bell Facilitate line routines.  Meet children at door by 2nd bell.


Sit on the new and longer designated class lines, respecting personal space. Show your class their line and teach concept of personal space.
Face forward, arms by side, raise hands to achieve quiet, when the second bell rings and wait to be invited into the school.  Students will enter and exit through both left and right doors.  All students will enter together – including milk & lunch monitors who have left their snacks in the room, they will supervise Once lines are quiet, select door holders (from the lines)

for outer and inner doors and invite the students into our school.

Hold sporting equipment in hands.


Meet class at door in morning and walk to class.
Remove hats, hoods, toques etc.  when entering building.  Provide support and/or positive feedback.
Speak to own teacher or monitors about trips to washroom or fountain . Insist students proceed to class to ask receiving teacher for permission.


2d.    Walking in the Halls or on the Stairs Quietly / Silently:


Students Adults
Entry in the morning, during instructional time, and exiting the school at the end of the day:  walk at all times, silently on the right side of the hallway using right hand doors.

Quiet music will start the day.

Transitions to and from yard and to and from snack:  walk at all times, quietly on the right side of the hallway using right hand doors.

Teach, model and reinforce these routines.  Provide gentle reminders and practice if necessary to any students you encounter.
Keep hands & feet to themselves.

One step at a time on the stairs with hand on railing.

Practice hallway routines with class.  Teach concept of personal space.
First student to a door holds it open for class / group and then joins the end of the line. Teach and Model


2e.    Going to the Washroom:


Students Adults
Learn the in-class routine to monitor washroom

use.  Follow hall routine to and from washroom.

Create, teach and implement a classroom-based monitoring plan for students wishing to use the washroom.
Primary children may go in pairs. Teach bathroom hygiene / etiquette.
Students will carry a pass to enter the school Adults will “pop in to” washrooms periodically.
Treat washroom with respect. On way to yard have students go out first and ask permission to use washroom from yard or supervise and walk student(s) out.

2f.    Attending Assemblies:


Students Adults
Follow hall routine to gym.


Line students up, inside classroom at the door when cued over the PA System.

Begin walking silently when music begins (about 1 minute after announcement).

5/6s will leave first and be followed by 4/5s & 4s down stairwell C

Upstairs grade 3s will take stairwell D and pick up the other 3s on the way down the hall followed by 2s, 1s & Ks

Facilitate a speedy transition to the gym.

Model hall routine to gym.


Children will sit in assigned rows (K at front and 6s at back) with an isle down the center.  Students should sit silently with legs crossed and hands on lap. Teach seating plan.  Load gym from back to front.
During presentations, be attentive and show appreciation through polite applause only. Sit near and monitor class.  Keep students

needing support close.  Separate students

as needed.

For assemblies, students will enter and exit through both left and right doors



2g.    Eating Snacks in the Classrooms


Students Adults
Grade 6 students will be dispersed to the  classes to act as monitors

Clean up begins on the first bell (3 minutes before class begins)

Monitors leave on the 2nd bell (class begins)

Students arriving after the 3rd (2 minutes after class begins) bell are considered late.

Select monitors and pass names to office

VP will train monitors.

Supervise students

Acknowledge monitors in classrooms when supervising “How’s it going monitors?”

Arrive at class by 2nd bell (class begins) – monitors will not wait.


Understand that monitors are in place to help children eat and pack up only.  All matters of discipline are to be reported to supervising teachers Supervising teachers monitor classrooms with help of monitors using Mikes, sashes & clips.


Eat at own desk unless assigned a different spot by a supervising teacher Assign students who do not manage in the classroom to eat in hallways for support.  This can be done positively / supportively
Ask permission of a monitor to leave desk for any reason Wear sash to snack duty
Wait at door for a clip to access hallway

Wait at door for all those wishing to obtain a snack (2nd recess), obtain a clip and go and return as a group

Support and coach clip routines
When finished eating, pack up lunch bag and stay in seat.  Read a book or choose a quiet activity until snack ends

Place all garbage in a waste basket or recycle bin when directed to by monitors

Reinforce or redirect as necessary
Put lunch bag away and return to desk as directed by monitor

Be in class at seat and ready to learn by the 2nd bell (monitors in seats by 3rd bell)

Teach that second bell is the start of instruction

– made big improvements here… continue to reinforce


2h.    Exiting the School:


Students Adults
Follow hall routine to designated door.

Walk to bus area bypassing play structures, hoops and snow hills or meet parents and leave straight away

If staying after school with parents, students may access primary structure

If bussing students sit on, new, longer bus lines

Teachers walk their class to bus lines

Parents to meet children under big tree by structure and stay away from bus line area, snow hills etc. – we will all have to coach and reinforce this

Model hall routine to door/bus and remain until

class has cleared school

Board the bus when asked to do so by supervisor.

Kindergarten students will be seated in the front

few rows and loaded 1st by our student bus monitors.

Monitors will also place flags on bus doors

Students will remain in their seats until they reach their designated stop.

Supervise bus loading.

Collaborate with the driver.


  1. 3. Points to Ponder:
  • the tone of training camp is “firm, fair, polite & kind”
  • be positive in all interactions because to discipline is to teach
  • practice positive discipline by referring to Character Wheel
  • be consistent and acknowledge small acts of respect, kindness or compliance
  • insist on students kindly re-doing behaviours / routines correctly
  • use a phrase such as: “At Century we… Please try again” followed by “Great – thanks!”
  • please redirect children from other classes too
  • model, model, model… children and others are watching and learning all day


Century Public School Bell Times and Expectations



Bell Times                       Expectations


7:45                                         metal bell (duty begins)

7:58                                         line up

8:00                                         school day begins / quiet entry


10:00                                       recess begins

10:23                                       recess ends / line up

10:25                                       quiet entry for snack

10:43                                       tidy up / monitors leave

10:45                                       instruction begins

10:47                                       metal bell (late bell)


12:45                                       recess begins

1:08                                         recess ends / line up

1:10                                         quiet entry for snack

1:28                                         tidy up / monitors leave

1:30                                          instruction begins

1:32                                           metal bell (late bell)


2:30                                          school day ends / dismissal


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