Parent Newsletter Tuesday May 22nd

Parent Newsletter  Tuesday May 22nd

School Closures: parents are reminded that the school is closed from  12noon on both  Thursday 31st May and Friday 1st June for the staff to undertake DES-directed training on Child Protection. We regret any inconvenience caused by this.

Current School Practice re Smartphones  The school’s current practice with regard to children’s use of smartphones is as follows:

“The school acknowledges that the children carrying phones to/from school is important for many families with regard to the safety of their children. However, the school also asserts that  any use of smartphones during the school  day or on-campus  can, if misused, threaten the safety of other children. Bearing these opposing sentiments in mind the following compromise has served the  safety of children in the school well; children are allowed  to carry switched-on mobile phones to and from school with them each day. However, the phone must be switched off on reaching the school campus, and may only be switched on again on leaving the school campus at the end of the day.  The phone must never be switched on during the schol day and to do so is a serious breach of the school’s discipline policy and anti-bullying policy.  In cases of emergency children may contact parents , and parents may contact children , through the use of the school’s office phone 01 6904635. The school never requires or encourages the child to  use his/her own smart-devices in the school and the children’s use of the school-owned smart-devices is covered by the school’s Acceptable Usage Policy.  Outside of school- hours the responsible  governance  of the  child’s use of the  smartphone, and social media generally, is the responsibility of the parent.”

We welcome any input from our parents on this issue. Please do so in the form of a written statement , submitted to the school office, in envelope  titled  FAO the BOM,  whereupon it will be brought for discussion to the next meeting of the school’s Board of Management (  submissions before Monday June 25th)

Important dates for your Diary:

Standardised  Testing for 1st to 6th in Literacy/Numeracy:  ( today) Tuesday 22nd May and , tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd May, the results of which will be communicated to you in the end-of-year Pupil Progress Records

 Get Active Week : Monday  June 11th to Friday June 15th, including our annual Sports Day on Wednesday June 13th at the Bremore Castle  venue to which all parents are welcome ( details to  follow)

Friday June 8th  new ( Sept 2018)  Junior Infant Induction  session, 1pm to 2.15pm

Friday June 15th: End-of-year Pupil Progress reports to be sent home with each child ( any parent who does not wish this to be sent home with  the child may  drop in a stamped-addressed envelope to the school office in advance on June 15th. )

Tuesday June 26th  6th Class  Graduation

Thursday June 28th: (optional) The Parent Association  have  suggested  a Pyjama Day for the children ( involving a donation to the PA from any family doing so) and a Cake Sale as a fundraiser for the PA whose fundraising contributes immensely to the experience of every child in the school through part-funding annual events such as Get Active week, Arts Week, Feile na Gaeilge, Human Rights Month etc.  Your donation for this event will be gratefully received ( details from the PA to follow)

Friday June 29th 12noon the school closes for the Summer holidays

Monday July 2nd  to Friday July 13th,  10am to 1pm, Summer camps

Thursday August 30th School resumes for all the children.

General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR)

This is a  summary  of the school’s compliance with  GDPR from May 25th 2018 as legally obliged. Fintan ( Principal) is available to discuss any issues arising.  A copy of the school’s full-policy on GDPR is available on request and will be posted in due course to the school website Policy Section.

Summary:   The school is obliged to process and store data that is relevant to its obligations to the Department of  Education and Skills ( with regards to issues of proper governance) and in accordance with best-practice in order to facilitate the optimal teaching/learning of all children.The school undertakes to meet these obligations in a fair and reasonable manner and in open-ness and accountability to  the whole school community. To that end , the school gives a committment to parents  that the following set of data is generated, stored with optimal security, used only for the purposes stated and  shared exclusively according to statutory obligations and disposed of according to statutory obligations with due regard to the privacy of all:

1 The school’s Aladdin database  carries ‘registration’ information as shared with the school by pre-enroling and registering parents ( and all subsequent annual updates). This data is shared only with  the Department of Education according to their requisites for the POD system, the system whereby it  financially-resources   and  human-resources  the school. This databse is securely protected.

2 The school’s Aladdin database also hosts the Pupil Progress Reports for all children in the school and their results on standardised tests ( all of which have been shared with parents on an ongoing basis in hardcopy). Again, this database is securely protected.

3 The school keeps a hardcopy record of all documents that have been shared by parents to the school  with reagrd to issues of medical-supervision, assessment of special needs,  issues of child-safeguarding and  concerns around pupil welfare. These hardcopy documents are stored securely.

4 In their planning for the child’s optimal teaching and learning  the teachers will on an ongoing basis  record levels of support and  levels of  teacher-based assessment.  The important aspects of these are reported to the parents on the Pupil Progress Reports and are disposed of when no longer required for the optimal  teaching/learning of the child.  For children with specific  Special Needs  the child’s School Support Plan ( including his/her IEP) is devised and shared with the parents on an ongoing basis.

5  Any reports concerning children  made by the school to Tusla ,  the Gardai or  the National Council for Special Education  are stored securely in the school, and have been pre-shared with the parents concerned.

6 The school’s Board of  Management  keep  records of all correspondence to them by parents, teachers and   Principal and  also keep a record of  financial transactions  between the school  and parents. These records are  securely protected.  The school’s Board of Management  also governs the activities of the school’s Parent Association with regard to their limited  data processing.

 

 

 

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