Code of Behaviour

Code of Behaviour

 

CONVENT OF MERCY NATIONAL  SCHOOL KANTURK CO. CORK

 

Table Of Contents

1   Introduction.

2   Policy Formulation.

3   aims & objectives of the Code.

4   Whole School Approach.

5   Standards of Behaviour.

6   Promoting Positive Behaviour.

7   Inappropriate Behaviour.

8   Procedures for Suspensions & Expulsions.

9     COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE.

10   Notification of a Child’s Absence from School

11   Records.

12   Policy Ratification.

Appendix A – School Rules

Appendix B – Yard Rules
Code of Behaviour

 

CONVENT OF MERCY NATIONAL SCHOOL KANTURK CO. CORK

 

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR & DISCIPLINE

1      Introduction

In compliance with Section 23 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, the Board of Management of Convent of Mercy NS Kanturk has prepared and made available a Code of Behaviour for its Pupils, Staff and Parents.

The Code of Behaviour details:

1.    The standards of behaviour that shall be observed by each pupil attending the school;

2.   The whole school approach in promoting positive behaviour.

3.   The measures that shall be taken when a pupil fails or refuses to observe those standards;

4.   The procedures to be followed before a pupil may be suspended or expelled from the school concerned;

5.   The grounds for removing a suspension imposed in relation to a pupil

6.   The school’s Anti-Bullying Policy; and

7.   The procedures to be followed in relation to a child’s absence from school.

 

The Code of Behaviour of Convent of Mercy NS Kanturk has been revised in accordance with ‘Developing a Code of Behaviour: Guidelines for Schools’, National Educational Welfare Board, 2008.

2     Policy Formulation

In formulating this policy the Board of Management will complete the following steps;

Parents and Staff are informed that an initial draft of the Code of Behaviour is available and they are invited to make submissions on the content of the code within a specified timeframe.

Class teachers are requested to discuss the topic of ‘rules’ with their classes and get a list of pupils’ suggestions  and formulate rules with class and display in the room.· 

The initial draft of the Code of Behaviour will be reviewed and where appropriate amended in-line with the feedback received.

The finalised draft of the policy will be submitted for the Patron’s Approval.

3     Aims & objectives of the Code

The aims and objectives of the code are:

  • To create an atmosphere of respect, tolerance and consideration for other
  • To allow the school to function in an orderly way where children can make progress in all aspects of their development
  • To promote positive behaviour and self-discipline, recognising the differences between children and the need to accommodate these differences
  • To ensure the safety and well being of all members of the school community
  • To assist school staff, parents and pupils in understanding the systems and procedures that form part of the code of behaviour and to seek their co-operation in the application of these procedure
  • To ensure that the system of rules, rewards, and sanctions are implemented in a fair and consistent manner throughout the school.

4. Whole School Approach

The Board of Management recognises the importance of creating consistent values, policies, practices and relationships that support the Code of Behaviour.  Such an environment may only be formed by involving the entire school community and in this respect the Board acknowledges the importance of the roles played by, the principal, teachers, ancillary staff and parents in the review and operation of the Code.

5 Standards of Behaviour

Pupils

General Behaviour

Each pupil is expected to:

  •  be well behaved and to show consideration for other children and adults
  •  show respect for the property of, the school, other children and their own belongings
  • attend school on a regular basis and to be punctual
  • do their best both in school and for homework
  • have everything they need in their bag.
  • keep all school equipment, books, stationary etc in good condition.
  • follow the school rules

Classroom Behaviour

Each pupil is expected to:

  • listen to the teacher, SNA, and other pupils if they are speaking
  • work to the best of their ability
  • value school property and the belongings of fellow pupils.
  • follow  the direction of their teacher or SNA
  • obtain their teacher’s permission to leave the classroom
  • Respect the teachers SNAs, other pupils and visitors to the classroom.
  • Class rules are devised in a fair and consistent manner with due regard to the age of the pupils and to individual differences.

Playground & Playing Pitches Behaviour

Each pupil is expected to:

  • play safely avoiding any games or play that are rough or dangerous
  • follow the directions of the playground supervisor(s)
  • remain on school grounds at all times
  • obtain permission before re-entering the school building during break periods
  • respect the yard supervisor and fellow pupils
  • avoid coarse language, fighting or name calling
  • Observe the rules of general good behaviour.

Behaviour in other School Areas

Each pupil is expected to:

  • walk quietly in the school corridors
  • Show respect by standing  aside for adults at doorways and in corridors
  • respect quietly school facilities (e.g. bathrooms) and property (e.g. furniture)

Behaviour during School Outings/Activities

Each pupil is expected to:

  • follow their teacher’s, SNA’s directions at all times
  • remain with the teacher, SNA/supervisors and group of pupils at all times
  • behave politely towards those they meet on such trips
  • observe the rules of general good behaviour (See school outing policy)

School Rules/ Yard Rules

Copies of the School Rules and Yard Rules are attached: Appendices A & B

Procedures

  • Each day pupils are allowed into the Assembly Hall from 9.00a.m. and are supervised by 2 teachers & SNA. (when applicable)
  • Each class teacher collects her class/classes at 9.10a.m in the school hall.
  • Two teachers and SNA supervise the school play area at both breaks.
  • On wet mornings all pupils remain in their classes  for first break supervised by 2 teachers on duty and the SNA
  • Under teacher supervision children eat their lunches in their classrooms from 12.30pm. – 12.40p.m.
  • On wet days children remain in their classrooms at lunch time 12.30 – 1.00 and are supervised by the 2 teacher on duty (1 upstairs and 1 downstairs).

Staff

It is the Principal’s responsibility to ensure the school’s Code of Behaviour is administered in a manner that is consistent and fair to all pupils. However each staff member has responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within common areas of the school.

Teaching staff are specifically responsible for the management of behaviour within their own class. They will:

  • Discuss the Code of Behaviour with their class in an age appropriate manner during the school year.
  • Ensure the rules are displayed in the classroom.
  • Encourage self-discipline and positive behaviour.
  • Ensure there is an appropriate level of supervision at all times.
  • Implement the reward/sanction scheme in a fair and consistent manner.
  • Keep a written record of all incidents of continued, serious or gross misconduct. This record will indicate the advice and/or warnings given to the child on the misbehaviour and, the consequences of its repetition.
  • Report repeated instances of serious misbehaviour to the Principal.
  • Staff takes a team approach to all aspects of school life, including discussion on individual pupil behaviour, as well as aspects of discipline across the school.
  • Behaviour and the supporting of good behaviour is taken into account when reviewing all school policies and procedures.
  • Staff support good behaviour is communicated to new and temporary staff.
  • The Code of Behaviour is cognisant of children who may present behavioural difficulties arising from their special education needs.  Varying strategies are used to cater for these children. An IEP with behavioural targets will be implemented when necessary.
  • Increased communication with parents/guardian.
  • Specific teaching of the rules to cater for these pupils.
  • Positive reinforcement strategies.
  • Having whole class strategies for the promotion of positive behaviour for pupils with special needs.
  • Liaison with outside agencies, where necessary.
  • The NEPS behaviour continuum and  School’s SPHE curriculum is used to support the Code of Behaviour and Anti bullying policies .  This aims to help our children develop communication skills, appropriate ways of interacting and behaving, and conflict resolution skills.  It also aims to foster self- esteem and to help children accommodate difference and develop citizenship.  Activities may include the following : Circle Time , Walk Tall and RSE Zippys Friends ,  Incredible Years as outlined in S.P.H.E. Policy and  restorative practice as recommended in Anti-bullying policy  .

Parents/Guardians

Parents/guardians play a crucial role in shaping attitudes in their children which produce positive behaviour in school. Parents/guardians can assist the school by encouraging their children to abide by the school rules, encouraging punctuality and regular attendance and by ensuring that homework is given due time and effort.

Should a parent/guardian be concerned about any aspect of their child’s behaviour they are welcome to make an appointment to discuss their concerns.In cases of an identified pattern of misbehaviour, parents will be invited to participate in the intervention process.

6     Promoting Positive Behaviour

As a general rule the school will endeavour to create an environment where positive behaviour is reinforced through praise and reward. School staff will use encouraging language and gestures, both in class and around the school, so that positive behaviour is instantly recognised and positively rewarded. Special attention will be paid to pupils who have previously been associated with poor behaviour so that not only good behaviour but also improvement in behaviour is acknowledged.

Rewards for good behaviour may include any of the following:

  • A quiet word or gesture to show approval.
  • Affirmation by teacher or to the principal for commendation.
  • A word of praise in front of a group, a class or the whole school.
  • Delegating some special responsibilities or privilege.
  • Golden Time
  • A mention to parent, written or verbal communication.
  • Affirmation and praise by Principal/Deputy Principal and whole staff
  • Star Charts/stickers
  • Homework free evening
  • Other treats.

7     Inappropriate Behaviour

In order to establish a common understanding and consistent response the Code of Behaviour classifies misbehaviour into Three Levels based on the degree of disruption caused by the misconduct. The Code also specifies the disciplinary actions and supportive interventions that will be employed.

7.1   Inappropriate Behaviour: Level One

Level 1: Behaviours

Level 1 behaviours are those that interfere with the orderly learning environment of the school, classroom, and common areas. Students learn through their mistakes.  To this extent, responses to the daily behaviours, which occur in school, will be developmentally appropriate, instructive and positive. Children will be taught what is expected and how they should behave.  Listed below are some examples of the types of Behaviour that are included in Level 1.  Please note the list is not exhaustive.

  • Failure to prepare for class, as defined by individual teachers
  • Possession/use of mobile phone
  • Running in the hallways
  • Disturbing the work or play of others
  • Disrespectful language, tone, or manner
  • Ignoring staff requests/ non co-operation
  • Damaging School Book Rental /Paired Reading Books
  • Wearing incorrect uniform

 

Level 1: Disciplinary Actions

 

Consequences for Level 1 behaviour are dependent upon the severity and frequency of the specific behaviour.  Teachers will discipline students at level 1.  Some examples of Level 1 responses are

  • Reasoning with the pupil.
  • Reprimand & reminder(s) (including advice on how to improve).
  • Reinforcement of alternative positive behaviour
  • Temporary separation from peers, friends or others
  • Prescribing additional work
  • Referral to principal or other teacher.
  • Loss of privileges
  • Parent contact
  • Replacing damaged school Rental /Paired Reading Book.

Level 1: Supportive Interventions

Listed below are some examples of Level 1 supportive actions:

  • Classroom-based interventions, such as targeted SPHE lesson, Circle Time or class meeting, with the option of informal consultation, (e.g. with parent(s)/guardian(s) or staff members)
  • Discussion of behaviour with the child
  • Informal notes regarding incident/intervention/date.  This information would be useful should a problem persist

7.2 Inappropriate Behaviour: Level Two

Level 2: Behaviours

Level 2 behaviours are those that seriously interfere with the orderly environment of the school and are potentially dangerous to the safety and well being of the students and staff.  Listed below are some examples of the types of behaviour that are included in Level 2.  Please note the list is not exhaustive.

  • Repeated instances of Level 1 behaviour which have not been modified by intervention
  • Behaviour which is dangerous to self or others (e.g. shoving, pushing, hitting, spitting, biting, kicking  
  • Damaging school or personal property.
  • Stealing
  • Cheating
  • Use of profanity
  • Derogatory reference to another person’s race, gender, religion, physical condition, disability, or ethnic origin
  • Disrespectful language or behaviour toward an adult
  • Dangerous use of toys or sporting equipment.
  • Isolation.

Level 2: Disciplinary Actions

The disciplining of students for Level 2 behaviour is dependent upon the severity and frequency of the specific behaviour and developmentally appropriate levels.  The disciplinary actions at Level 2 are administered by the Principal, and include the formal notification of parents, with written documentation.  Some examples of Level 2 responses are:

  • In-school supervised detention
  • Report submitted to the Board of Management
  • Meeting with parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • Suspension from school of one to five days, depending on the severity of the Behaviour
  • Implementation of extensive Behaviour management plan

Level 2: Supportive Interventions

Listed below are some examples of Level 2 supportive actions:

  • Team conference to include classroom teacher, other involved staff, Deputy Principal or Principal. 
  • Request for assistance from external agencies such as the National Educational Psychological Service, Health Service Executive Community Services, the National Behavioural Support Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, National Council for Special Education. TULSA
  • Referral of a Child displaying behavioural problems for psychological assessment (with the parent(s)/guardian(s) consent).

7.3   Inappropriate Behaviour:  Level Three

Level 3: Behaviours

Level 3 behaviours are considered the most serious violations.  These behaviours endanger the immediate health, safety and personal well being of the pupils and staff of the school.  They represent a direct threat to the orderly operation of the school environment.  Situations, which include illegal activity, may result in contact with the Garda Síochána after parental involvement.  Listed below are some examples of the types of behaviour that are included in Level 3.  Please note that the list is not exhaustive.

  • Repeated or serious instances of Level 2 behaviour which have not been modified by intervention
  • Setting fires
  • Intentional possession or use of dangerous/inappropriate objects
  • Violent fighting or intentionally causing physical harm to others
  • Discriminatory or prejudicial activities or actions toward another person or group involving race, gender, religion, physical condition, sexual orientation,  handicap, or ethnic origin
  • Verbal/physical aggression towards a member of staff

Level 3:  Disciplinary Actions

Behaviour at Level 3 may involve suspension from school. The length of the suspension will depend

upon the severity and frequency of the specific Behaviour.  Specific information about due process and procedures in respect of the issuing of a suspension is contained in this document.  Level 3 responses:

  • Suspension from school for one to five days: This response will occur with the first incidence of Level 3 behaviour or Level 2 behaviour of significant severity.  The Principal following due process and procedure, can issue a suspension.
  • Suspension from school for five to ten days:  This response will occur with the repeated incidence of Level 3 behaviour or a severe expression of this Behaviour.  A suspension of this magnitude will only be issued with the approval of the Board of Management.
  • Expulsion: Repeated incidents of Level 3 behaviour can result in a pupil being expelled. 

8 Procedures for Suspension & Expulsions

8.1   Suspension

Definition of Suspension:

  ‘requiring the student to absent himself/herself from the school for a specified, limited period of school days’

Developing A Code of Behaviour: Guidelines for Schools, National Educational Welfare Board

 

Authority to Suspend:

The Board of Management of Convent of Mercy National School Kanturk has formally and in writing delegated the authority to impose an ‘Immediate Suspension’ to the Principal Teacher. An ‘Immediate Suspension’ may be for a period of one to three school days depending on the severity of the specific behaviour, in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Chairperson of the Board the suspension may be for a longer period but in any event will not exceed 5 school days.

Furthermore, the Board of Management has formally and in writing delegated to the Principal Teacher the authority to impose an ‘Automatic Suspension’ for named behaviours detailed in this policy. An Automatic Suspension may be for a period of one to three school days depending on the severity of the specific behaviour, in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Chairperson of the Board the suspension may be for a longer period but in any event will not exceed 5 school days.

The Board retains its authority to suspend a student in all other cases/circumstances.

Immediate Suspension and Automatic Suspension

An ‘Immediate Suspension’ will be deemed to be necessary where after a preliminary investigation the Principal reaches the determination that the continued presence of the pupil in the school at the time would represent a serious threat to the safety and wellbeing of pupils or staff of the school. An ‘Immediate Suspension’ may be for a period of one to three school days depending on the severity of the specific behaviour, in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Chairperson of the Board the suspension may be for a longer period but in any event will not exceed 5 school days.

An ‘Automatic Suspension’ is a suspension imposed for named behaviours. The Board of Management of Convent of Mercy N.S. Kanturk having given due consideration to its duty of care as prescribed by Health & Safety Legislation, has determined that the following named behaviours will incur ‘Automatic Suspension’ as a sanction;

  •  Physical assault/violence resulting in bodily harm to a pupil or member of staff

                                                                                       or

  • Physical violence resulting in serious damage to school property

An Automatic Suspension may be for a period of one to three school days depending on the severity of the specific behaviour, in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Chairperson of the Board the suspension may be for a longer period but in any event will not exceed 5 school days.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be informed of an Immediate or Automatic Suspension by telephone, and arrangements will be made with them for the pupil to be collected. In no circumstance will a student be sent home from school prior to his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) being notified. Formal written notification of the suspension will issue in due course, but no later than 2 school days after the imposition of the suspension. Such a notification will detail:

  •  the duration of the suspension and the dates on which the suspension will begin and end
  •  the reasons for the suspension
  •  any study programme to be followed
  •  the arrangements for returning to school, including any commitments to be entered into by the pupil and the parent(s)/guardian(s).

The Board of Management acknowledges that the decision to impose either an Immediate or Automatic Suspension does not remove the duty to follow due process and fair procedures. In this regard, and following a formal investigation, to be completed no later than 2 school days after the incident the Board will invite the pupil and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) to a meeting to discuss;

  • ·         the circumstances surrounding the suspension,
  • ·         interventions to prevent a reoccurrence of such misconduct.

The Board of Management of  Convent of Mercy, N.S., Kanturk  acknowledges the fundamental importance of impartiality in the investigation process. In this regard the following undertaking is given;

     i.        No person with a vested interest or personal involvement in the matter will be involved in the organisation or implementation of the investigation procedure.

Procedures in Respect of Other Suspensions:

In cases other than those of Immediate or Automatic Suspension the following procedures will apply;

Where a preliminary assessment of the fact confirms serious misbehaviour that could warrant suspension, the Board of Management of Convent of Mercy N.S. Kanturk will initiate a formal investigation of the matter. 

The following procedures will be observed;

A written letter containing the following information will issue to Parent(s)/guardian(s);

      i.        details of the alleged misbehaviour, details of the impending investigation process, and notification that the allegation could result in suspension.

     ii.        An invitation to a meeting, to be scheduled no later than 5 school days from the date of the letter, where parent(s)/guardian(s) are provided with an opportunity to respond before a decision is made or a sanction imposed.

The Board of Management of Convent of Mercy National School Kanturk acknowledges the fundamental importance of impartiality in the investigation and decision-making process. In this regard the following undertakings are given;

   ii.        No person with a vested interest or personal involvement in the matter will be involved in the organisation or implementation of the investigation procedure, nor will such a person be involved in the decision-making process.

  iii.        The person(s) involved in the investigation process will on presentation of a full report of the facts absent himself/herself/themselves from the decision-making process.

Where a decision to suspend has been made the Chairperson of the Board of Management will provide written notification to the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the pupil of the decision. The letter will confirm:

  • ·         the duration of the suspension and the dates on which the suspension will begin and end
  • ·         the reasons for the suspension
  • ·         any study programme to be followed
  • ·         the arrangements for returning to school, including any commitments to be entered into by the pupil and the parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • ·         the provision for an appeal to the Board of Management.

Where a suspension brings the total number of days for which the pupil has been suspended in the current school year to twenty days the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be informed of their right to appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science under Section 29 or the Education Act 1998 and will be provide with information on the submission of such an appeal.

 

8.2   Expulsion

Definition of Expulsion:

‘A student is expelled from a school when a Board of Management makes a decision to permanently exclude him or her from the school, having complied with the provisions of section 24 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.’

 

Developing A Code of Behaviour: Guidelines for Schools, National Educational Welfare Board

Authority to Suspend:

The authority to expel a pupil is reserved by the Board of Management.

Procedures in Respect of Expulsion:

Where a preliminary assessment of the facts confirms serious misbehaviour that could warrant expulsion the following procedures will apply:

(a)   A detailed investigation will be carried out under the direction of the Principal (or a Nominee of the Board if required)

        As part of the investigation a written letter containing the following information will issue to parent(s)/guardian(s);

 (i) details of the alleged misbehaviour, details of the impending investigation process, and notification that the allegation could result in expulsion.

  (ii) An invitation to a meeting, to be scheduled no later than 5 school days from the date of the letter, where parent(s)/guardian(s) are provided with an opportunity to respond

(b)  The Principal (or BOM Nominee) will make a recommendation to the Board of Management

Where the Principal (or nominee) forms a view, based on the investigation of the alleged misbehaviour, that expulsion may be warranted, the Principal (or nominee) makes a recommendation to the Board of Management to consider expulsion.

In this event the Principal (or nominee) will:

     i.     inform the parent(s)/guardian(s) that the Board of Management is being asked to consider expulsion

   ii.      ensure that parent(s)/guardians have records of: the allegations against the student; the investigation; and written notice of the grounds on which the Board of Management is being asked to consider expulsion

  iii.      provide the Board of Management with the same comprehensive records as are given to parent(s)/guardian(s)

(c)   Consideration by the Board of Management of the Principal’s (or BOM’s Nominee)  Recommendations & the Holding of a Hearing

If, having considered the Principal’s report, the Board of Management decides to consider expelling a student a hearing will be scheduled.

The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified in writing

     i.        as to the date, location and time of the hearing  

   ii.        of their right to make a written and oral submission to the Board of Management

  iii.        that they may if they so choose be accompanied at the hearing

The Board of Management undertakes that the timing of such written notification will ensure that parent(s)/guardian(s) have enough notice to allow them to prepare for the hearing.

In respect of the expulsion hearing the Board gives an undertaking that;

     i.        the meeting will be properly conducted in accordance with Board procedures

   ii.        the principal (or BoM nominee) and parent(s)/guardian(s) will present their case to the Board in each other’s presence

  iii.        each party will be given the opportunity to directly question the evidence of the other party

  iv.        the parent(s)/guardian(s) may make a case for a lesser sanction if they so choose

(d)  Board of Management Deliberations & Actions following the Hearing

Where the Board of Management, having considered all the facts of the case, is of the opinion that the pupil should be expelled the Board

     i.        Will notify the Educational Welfare Officer in writing by registered post of its opinion, and the reasons for this opinion.

   ii.        Will not expel the student before the passage of 20 school days from the date on which the Educational Welfare Officer receives this written notification

  iii.        Will in writing notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) of their decision and inform them that the Educational Welfare Officer is being contacted

  iv.        Will be represented at the consultation to be organized by the Educational Welfare Officer

    v.        Will suspend the student, if it is deemed likely that the continued presence of the student during this time will seriously disrupt the learning of others, or represent a threat to the safety of other pupils or staff.

(e)   Confirmation of the Decision to Expel

Where the twenty-day period following notification to the Educational Welfare Officer has elapsed, and where the Board of Management remains of the view that the student should be expelled, the Board of Management will formally confirm the decision to expel.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified in writing that the expulsion will now proceed. They will also be informed of their right to appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science under Section 29 or the Education Act 1998 and will be provide with information on the submission of such an appeal.

The Board of Management of Convent of Mercy , N.S., Kanturk acknowledges the fundamental importance of impartiality in the investigation and decision-making process. In this regard the following undertakings are given;

     i.        No person with a vested interest or personal involvement in the matter will be involved in the organisation or implementation of the investigation procedure, nor will such a person be involved in the decision-making process.

   ii.        The person(s) involved in the investigation process will on presentation of a full report of the facts absent himself/herself/themselves from the decision-making process.

9       COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

The correct procedure for complaints regarding pupils or other school matters, in line with I.N.T.O. and Departmental policy, is as follows:

 

Parental Complaints Policy

 

Introduction

The following is the policy drafted by staff/B.O.M. of Convent of Mercy Primary School, Kanturk .

 

Rationale

The need for this policy arises from: -

 

Section 28, Education Act 1998- procedures for processing complaints by parents prescribed for all schools under the Act.

 

Relationship to Characteristic Spirit of the School

The school promotes positive home- school contacts and endeavours to enhance the self-esteem of everyone within the school community.  This policy contributes towards those ideals.

 

Aims

·        To foster fruitful and trusting relationships between school and parents.

·        To afford parents an opportunity to express opinions/grievances through the framework of a defined procedure.

·        To minimize the opportunity for conflict through affording parents an opportunity to liaise with the class teacher.

Please Note

Only those complaints about teachers which are written and signed by parents/guardians of pupils may be investigated formally by the Board of Management, except where those complaints are deemed by the board to be:

1.    Complaints that are being dealt with through legal channels.

2.   Matters of professional competence, which comes under the remit of the Dept. of Education and Science.

3.   Petty complaints, which do not relate to the work of a particular teacher.

In- School Procedures

If a parent has a concern in relation to the social or academic progress of their child, or the performance of a teacher the following steps are to be followed:-

1.    The parent/guardian meets with the class teacher on appointment.  Parents should not contact teachers at home.  If the issue is not resolved the parent or class teacher informs the Principal of the nature of the complaint.  If the matter remains unresolved the parent/guardian may raise the matter with the chairperson of the B.O.M.

2.   If the grievance persists, the parent/guardian may pursue the matter by lodging a complaint in writing with the chairperson of the B.O.M who will bring the nature of the complaint to the notice of the teacher and seek to resolve the issue.

3.   If this process fails, the chairperson will supply the teacher with a copy of the written complaint and arrange a meeting with the teacher concerned and the Principal.  This will happen within 10 school days of receipt of the written complaint.

4.   If the complaint remains unresolved the chairperson will report formally to the B.O.M. within another 10 school days.  If the B.O.M. does not uphold the complaint, both parties will be informed immediately.  If the B.O.M. considers the complaint warrants further investigation, the teacher will be informed and supplied with any written evidence in support of the complaint.

5.   The teacher will be requested to supply a written statement to the B.O.M and given an opportunity to make an oral presentation to the Board.  The complainant will be offered a similar opportunity.  The process should be completed within 10 days of the first meeting between Chairperson, Principal and Teacher.

6.   Within 5 school days, the decision of the B.O.M which is final and binding, is delivered in writing to the Teacher and the complainant.

Success Criteria

·        Swift and efficient resolution of grievances.

·        Parent/Teacher satisfaction.

·        Positive school community feedback.

·        Reviews of school policy as issues arise.

·         

Roles & Responsibility

All staff members, Principal, Board of Management and parents will have responsibility for the implementation of this policy.

 

 

Communication

This policy has been circulated among our Parents Association and is available to parents on request.

 

10     Notification of a Child’s Absence from School

 

Parent(s) guardians(s) should adhere to the following procedures when notifying the school of a pupil’s absence;

 

·        The school should be notified of the absence on the first day the pupil returns to school/or before hand

·        The reason for the absence should be notified to the class teacher

·        The absence should be notified in writing by letter/using the school journal/by phone.

·        Details pertaining to the absence, such as duration and reason, should be provided.

·        Significant absences cause by ill health (i.e. absences longer than 10 school days) should be certified.

 

The school will inform the Education Welfare Officer in writing where a child is suspended or expelled for 6 days or more, where the child has missed 20 or more days in a school year,  where attendance is irregular and when the pupil is removed from the school register.

 

Parents will be contacted by the school when child has missed 20/or more days.

11     Records

A record system may be used to track an individual pupil’s Behaviour.  Such records will contain;

·        Incidents of misbehaviour,

·        Interventions used to improve behaviour, including contact with parent(s) /guardians(s) or referral to other agencies

·        Acknowledgement  of improved behaviour .

·        Any sanctions imposed, and the reasons they were imposed

 

All records will be kept in accordance with the Date Protection Act 1988 and the Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003.

 

12   Policy Ratification

The final policy will be ratified by the Board of Management of Convent of Mercy National School Kanturk at its meeting to be held on 17/06/2015

 

Signed: _____________________________________ Chairperson, Board of Management

 

Date: ________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX A

School Rules

At Convent of Mercy National School Kanturk , we are committed to placing greater emphasis on encouragement and reward rather than on sanctions as this will, in the long run, achieve best results.  We take pride in the high standards of behaviour and the good manners to be found in our school, and we appreciate that this depends on the good example set by us all.

 

School Rules are devised with regard for the health and safety of all members of the school community.

 

·        School opens at 9.00 a.m. and ends at 2.50 p.m. and all pupils are expected to be present between these times. The school is not responsible for the safety of children on the premises outside of these hours.

 

·        Full uniform must be worn at all times  unless otherwise stated with the exception of sports events. All items should be clearly marked with the child's name. 

 

·        Jewellery- girls are permitted to wear stud/sleeper earrings .

·        Make up, facial piercings  are not allowed in school.

 

·        Students are required to speak and behave in an orderly manner while on school premises, and to obey staff members at all times.

 

·        It is school policy to assign homework regularly.

 

·        Pupils should be attentive in class and complete all assignments fully, and have homework checked by parents each night. All pupils should have basic requisites in their school bags. 

 

·        Mobile Phones are not permitted in school or on school outings without prior BOM approval.

 

·        All absences must be accounted for by a note or phone call to the school.  

 

·        Playground rules have been devised with regard to the health and safety of all pupils and are prominently displayed in the school.  Rough and unfair play and coarse language are always forbidden.

 

·        In the interest of health, a high standard of personal hygiene is expected.  Infectious illnesses should be notified to the school immediately and pupils remain absent while infectious.

 

·        Students should bring a sensible nourishing lunch and adhere to our “Healthy Eating Policy”.  Lollipops, fizzy drinks , nuts , taytos , chewing gum  and glass bottles are not allowed in the school.

(See Healthy Eating Policy)

 

·        All forms of bullying, either verbal or physical are strictly forbidden and are dealt with in accordance with School policy. Parents and pupils are encouraged to report any incidents of bullying behaviour to the class teacher and Principal. All members of the school community are expected to be particularly vigilant and mindful of such behaviour.

(See Anti- Bullying Policy)

 

·        All pupils are expected to co-operate in keeping the school and its environs litter -free.

 

·        Parents/Guardians must sign in/out their child/children when taking them out of school or bringing them back or if they arrive in school after 9.10am.

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B

10 YARD RULES

 

1)   Leave the classroom when directed.  Go directly to the yard quietly.  Children need permission to enter the school building.

2)  Play safe games.  No rough play.

3)  If the ball goes outside the premises, tell the teacher on duty.

4)  You must stay within school grounds at all times.

5)  Ask the teacher on duty for permission to go to the bathroom.

6)  No chewing gum, no spitting, no bad language.

7)  Pupils must not harass, intimidate or bully other pupils.

8)  Include others in your games – if you see someone left out, ask them to join in.

9)  At the end of break, freeze for the first bell.  At 2nd bell collect your belongings and walk promptly to your line.  Stand quietly.  Walk into the school in your line. 

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