RECESS AND LUNCH RECESS
Students have 15 minutes of outdoor morning recess, weather permitting. Additionally, the children have an outdoor recess for 10 or 15 minutes after eating lunch. If there are medical reasons for which a student cannot participate in outside recess, a note is required. Otherwise, if well enough to be in school, students are expected to go outside for recess. There are four lunch periods (starting at 11:40 and ending at 1:30) of 35 minutes each. This includes eating time and 10-15 minutes of recess. During the 35 minutes of lunch and recess, lunch aides, who are the authorities at these times, supervise students in grades 1-4. Classroom aides monitor kindergarten students during the lunch period.
If your child will not be attending school due to illness of other reason, please call the attendance line at (617) 993-5702 by 8:30 AM.
EARLY RELEASE AND CURRICULUM DAYS
During early release days, students are dismissed 11:40 AM, with no lunch served. Some early release days follow a schedule of a different day of the week for special subjects. This enables a fair distribution of missed art, music, library, and physical education classes over the course of the school year. There are eleven or twelve early release days each year, usually on Wednesdays. The release day afternoons are used for parent conferences or for teachers' professional development activities. The day before Thanksgiving is a release day, as is Good Friday.