School Routines

School Hours

Our school hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an entry bell at 8:25 a.m.. Supervision on the school yard begins at 8:15 a.m. For safety reasons, it is important that students not arrive at school prior to 8:15 a.m. and leave promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Glen Cairn operates on the balanced day model. This means that the day is broken up into three different parts separated by two nutrition breaks and two recesses. Our first break comes at 10:30 am. The students have 25 minutes of outdoor recess, after which they have 20 minutes for nutrition break. The second break is at 1:15 pm. The students have 25 minutes of outdoor recess, after which they have 20 minutes for nutrition break.

Attendance Procedures

Please inform the school on any day when a child will be absent or late arriving.  You can send an email to or call 613-836-2342 and be prompted for the absence line.  Unless notified, we will attempt to contact parents of children who are absent. Please notify the school if your child has a contagious condition.

Emergency Phone Numbers

Up-to-date student information enables us to contact you in an emergency. Please inform us of any changes to your telephone numbers for work, caregivers, emergency contacts.

Arrive On Time

Students are expected to arrive on time as late arrivals disrupt learning for all students. We will work with families to support children who experience difficulty arriving on time.

Students Leaving Early / Change in Routine

Whenever you wish to alter your child’s regular lunch routine or regular dismissal routine, e.g., a child who normally takes the bus is to be picked up by a parent, please inform the homeroom teacher by sending a brief note. Parents are asked to pick up their child from the main office and sign him/her out in our Sign Out Book. Only in exceptional or emergency circumstances, are we able to relay a message to students.
Leaving early – please advise the homeroom teacher.
Bus companies prohibit students not entitled to transportation to ride the bus with a friend.


Parents and volunteers are required to stop by the office to sign in and to request a visitor’s badge. Staff and students are then able to recognize you as an authorized visitor.

Office Passes 

Students must request an office pass the yard supervisor to visit the office or enter the building during recess.


In the case of lost or damaged books, students/parents are responsible for the replacement cost.

Lost and Found 

Label all clothing and possessions with first and last names. Unclaimed items will be deposited in the Lost and Found box that is located in the front foyer. Students and parents are encouraged to check for lost items at any time. Unclaimed items are donated to a charitable organization periodically.


The school cannot be responsible for the loss of personal property.

Food on the Property

Students will eat lunch in their classrooms. Due to wasp allergies and yard cleanliness, no food or beverages can be consumed on the yard.

Buses and Bus Zones

At entry and dismissal times, please do not drive past the parked school buses or vans in the bus zone. Parents are requested to drop off students at the west end of the school by the Community Centre. Students may then walk to the playground areas via the sidewalk at the front of the school.

Occasionally, severe winter conditions cause a transportation shutdown. For up to date information regarding student transportation, please visit the Ottawa Carleton Student Transportation Authority website, check our twitter feed, facebook or website, or listen to local radio.

The school building normally remains open. If parents opt to drive their children to school, they MUST return for them at dismissal time, 3:00 p.m.

If buses do not run in the morning, they will NOT run at noon or in the afternoon, even if road conditions improve.

Wheels on the School Yard:

Bikes must be walked across the school yard, parking lot (including the Community Centre parking lot) and locked in the bike racks. Roller blades must be removed upon entrance to the school property. Scooters must be folded while in the school yard. Intermediate students may ride skateboards, but they must be carried on school property and stowed in lockers during school hours. 
Helmets are mandatory.


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