Resources for Parents


Parents want the best education for their children. Our goal is to provide your family with a positive learning environment, with a variety of programs and services that promote outstanding student achievement.

Parents are children's first and life-long teachers. We value the partnership between home and school and know that parental involvement is the key to success in school. You can be involved by helping your child with homework, volunteering in our school, or joining our school council. By welcoming you and providing opportunities for you to be involved, we can work together to ensure that our students receive the very best education.

Visit the links on this page to find more information on a variety of subjects.

Safe Arrival Program

The objective of the Safe Arrival Program is to ensure that the students arrive at school safely. If a student is to be absent, for whatever reason, it is required that the parents notify the school.

Promptness is of equal importance as regular attendance. All students are expected to arrive at school by the times designated above. Students who are not in their classroom by 8:55 a.m. or 12:25 (senior) and 12:35 p.m. (primary/junior) must report to the office to sign in and obtain a late slip. All lates are recorded by the homeroom teacher. In the case of habitual lateness and/or absenteeism, parent(s) will be contacted. An answering machine is dedicated to record lates/absences and it is on 24 hours a day. The phone number is 393-9060. If a student is absent and no message has been received from the parents, an automated phone message will be sent to you at the phone number you have on record at the school. You are required to follow the automated prompts. This is in place to ensure students' safety. With an enrollment of over 1,000 students, it is especially important to notify the school if your son/daughter is going to be absent or late.

  • Please include the following information when you call: 393-9060 Safe Arrival
  • Your child's name (please spell last name)
  • Classroom number or teacher's name 
  • Reason for absence 
  • Number of days your child will be away


Kindergarten - 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM         12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Grades 1 to 6 - 8:50 AM - 11:35 AM         12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Grades 7 to 8 - 8:50 AM - 11:27 AM         12:25 PM - 3:02 PM

All exit doors at Runnymede P.S. will be locked at 9:15 a.m. 'Smart Lock' systems have been installed on Exit #6 and Exit #8 giving staff and students in the portables and the playground area behind the school access to the building. 

Front Door Exit #1 will be opened in the morning by our custodial staff and will be locked every day at 9:15 a.m. The only way into the building after this time will be through the front door using an intercom/buzzer and camera system. Students arriving late for school will enter via the front entrance (Exit #1) using the intercom/buzzer and camera system and students are required to report to the office for a late slip.

Exit #2
will be opened during the lunch hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to allow students access to the first floor washrooms. Exit #2 will be locked again at 12:30 p.m. Students arriving late after lunch will be required to enter via Exit #1 using the intercom/buzzer and camera system and report immediately to the office for a late slip.

ALL VISITORS are required to enter the school via Exit #1 using the intercom system. All VISITORS are required to report to the office, sign the log in book and receive a VISITOR badge. No visitor or parents are allowed access to the school or classrooms without signing in at the office. These procedures are in place to ensure the safety of all students, staff and parents in our community.

Flip Flop Lunch

In order to accommodate the large number of students staying at school for lunch, we have implemented a 'Flip Flop Lunch'. The lunch schedule is as follows:


  • 11:27 grades 7 & 8 will eat lunch in the Jr. Gym with the grade 6s (joining in at 11:35), while grades 4s & 5s will play in the Runnymede Yard
  • 11:50 grades 6, 7 & 8 will begin their recess outside in the Runnymede Yard
  • 11:55 grades 4 & 5 will begin their lunch in the Jr. Gym
  • 11:35 grades 1-3 will begin lunch in the cafeteria
  • 11:55 grades 1-2 will begin recess in the Adventure Yard and grades 3s will begin their recess in the Runnymede Yard
  • 12:15 grades 4 & 5 will begin their recess outside in the Runnymede Yard 


Parents picking up their child for lunch can do so in the Runnymede Yard (by the classroom designated line up spot). After lunch, parents may drop their child (grade 1 & 2) off at the Kindergarten/Colbeck Yard. A duty teacher will be there to escort your child to the Adventure Yard.


  • 11:30 AM- 12:00 PM: Room 126A, 126B, B15 & B82 students are eating their lunch in the classroom, supervised by a Lunchroom Supervisor. Classroom ECEs will return from their lunch at 12:00 PM to assist the Lunchroom Supervisors (e.g. coats and outdoor supervision).
  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Room 113, 122 & 123 are outside playing; Lunchroom Supervisors and classroom ECEs will be outside supervising
  • 12:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Room 126A, 126B B15 & B82 students are outside playing and Lunchroom Supervisors and classroom ECEs will be outside supervising
  • 12:00 AM - 12:30 PM: Room 113, 122 & 123 students will be eating their lunch in the classroom, supervised by a Lunchroom Supervisor. 

Teachers will dismiss kindergarten students that are going home for lunch at their designated spot. After lunch, parents may drop off their kindergarten student either in the yard or in their classroom (please refer to the kindergarten schedule above to find out where your child's class will be).