Full playground rules will be taught during PBIS reviews at the beginning of the school year and will be revisited as the year goes on. This is a general list of guidelines:
Follow the McKinley Message: Be Respectful, Responsible, and Caring. Respect for one another will make our playground a safe, fun place for all. Respect for other students and adults will be expected at all times. A discussion of what respect means will help reinforce. Remind children that the adults have the final say on what is or is not appropriate. Disrespect is never an option. Be respectful and caring to your fellow classmates
- Before and after school, all students may use the play structures. During the school day, children will be told by teachers which areas may be used. Playground equipment use: Stay on the inside of the designated safety equipment. Do not hang off the railings, or sit/stand on top of the playground structure. Appropriate slide usage: Go down feet first on your bottom or seat. We only go down the slide; no walking up. No tag on playground equipment. Do not throw wood chips or make wood chip piles. The wood chips are designed to cushion your fall should you slip. Tag on or under play structures is prohibited because it becomes a safety issue.
- Rough games such as tackle football, king of the hill, etc. are prohibited. Keep your hands to yourself.
- No pushing, shoving, hitting, wrestling, tripping, etc.
- Throwing of all objects except soft playground balls is prohibited.
- Students must stay on the playground at all times. Never chase the ball into the street. Ask an adult to retrieve the ball or to supervise you as you get the ball, Frisbee, etc. An adult on the playground should be able to see you at all times. If you need to come inside for any reason, please ask an adult first so that we know where you are at all times.
- All students are encouraged to play team or group games. Include all who want to play.
- Practice good sportsmanship.
- If you get hurt, please see an adult and explain to them what happened so that we can get you medical attention if needed.
- McKinley has a Buddy Bench on the north playground. The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Students will learn about it during PBIS reviews at the beginning of the school year.
- Students that fail to obey these rules will lose their recess privileges.
These are a few rules that will help keep you safe as you play. As a McKinley student we expect you to use good judgment and make smart decisions while on the playground. Remember these rules are not meant to prevent you from having fun but to make sure you are safe at all times.