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13-14 School Day Schedules

Schools usually run on one of two types of schedules; either the balanced school day or the traditional school day.

 The Traditional School Day
 A traditional school day is what many parents remember from when they went to elementary school. The traditional school day was broken down into:
  • Four instructional time blocks
  • Two recesses, usually 15 minutes each
  • One lunch period, divided into 20 minute lunch period and 40 minute recess 
Sample Traditional School Day 
8:45 - Schoool Begins
8:45-10:15- Instructional time block, including play-based learning
10:15-10:30 - Morning recess
10:30-11:45 - Instructional time block, including play-based learning
11:45-12:05 - Lunch
12:05-12:45 - Lunch recess
12:45-2:00 -  Instructional time block, including play-based learning
2:00-2:15 - Afternoon recess
2:14-3:15 - Instructional time block, including play-based learning
3:15 - Dismissal 
The Balanced School Day
The balanced school day has become more popular in recent years and it is broken down into:
  • Three instructional time blocks
  • Two 45 minute nuturition breaks, divided into a lunch period and recess
The balanced school day is designed to enhance student learning by having longer teaching periods. Having two recesses rather than three reduces the number of times the children transition from the classroom and outdoor play area, which also decreases the amount of time children spend getting ready for and coming in from recess. Although the total recess time is slightly shorter than the traditional school day, the children have two recesses of equal lenght allowing them enough time to benefit from being outside.
Sample Balanced School Day
8:45 - School begins
8:45-10;:25 - Instructional time block, including play-based learning
10:25-11:10 - First nutrition break
11:10-12:50 - Instructional time block, including play-based learning
12:50-1:35 - Second nutrition break
1:35-3:15 - Instructional time block, including play-based learning
3:15 - Dismissal
Note: The above schedules are for information purposes only. Your child’s school will provide the details of how the school day is broken down at that school  
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