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.