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School Policy Info – 2021/22

Critical Incident Policy

Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha aims to protect the wellbeing of its students by providing a safe and nurturing environment always. As stated in the School Ethos “In Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha there is a genuine attempt on the part of all to create a school community, of equality, fairness and care” The school has taken many measures to create a coping, supportive and caring ethos in the school. The school has also formulated several policies and procedures to be followed with a view to ensuring the physical and psychological safety of both staff and students during the normal course of the school day and in the event of a critical incident.

These policies include:

  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Code of Behaviour
  • S.P.H.E Programme
  • Return to schools policy

The Board of Management, through the Principal Colm Breathnach, has drawn up a Critical Incident Management Plan as one element of the school’s policies and plans.
Our aim is to establish a Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT) to steer the development and implementation of the plan.

*For the complete Critical Incident Policy please download the PDF file below

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Child Safeguarding Statement

Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha is a school providing primary education for pupils from Juinior Infants to 6th Class.

In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Addendum to Children First (2019), the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of [insert school name] has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.

The Board of anagement has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Deparment’s Child Protection Procdiures for primary and post-primary Schools 2017 as part of this overall childSafeguarding Statement:

    1. The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement
    2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Colm Breathnach
    3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Aisling Ní Chluanáin
    4. The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, procedures, practices and activities. In its policies, procedures, practices and activities, the school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:

      The school will:

      • recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations;
      • fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children;
      • fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters;
      • adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
      • develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and
      • fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.

  1. The following procedures/measures are in place:
    • In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the school, the school adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the DE website.
    • In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the Department of Education and available on the DE website.
    • In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the school-
      • Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
      • Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
      • Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
      • Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
      • The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training
    • In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all school personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.
    • In this school the Board has appointed the abovenamed DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the schools child safeguarding statement.
    • All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015.
    • In accordance with the Children First Act 2015 and the Addendum to Children First (2019), the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the school or participating in school activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the school’s procedures for managing those risks is included with the Child Safeguarding Statement.
    • The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the school’s website, the DE website or will be made available on request by the school.

    Note: The above is not intended as an exhaustive list. Individual Boards of Management shall also include in this section such other procedures/measures that are of relevance to the school in question.

  2. This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents’ Association (if any) and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested.
  3. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which this statement refers.

This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the Board of Management on 27 Bealtaine 2018

This Child Safeguarding Statement was reviewed by the Board of Management on 19 Deireadh Fómhair 2021

*For the complete Child Safeguarding Statement please download the PDF file below

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Covid-19

Covid Policies & Updates

2021-2022 COVID-19 Policy Statement

Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and a safe learning environment for all our pupils. To ensure that, we have developed and updated the following COVID-19 Response Plan. The BOM and all school staff are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus. We will:

  • continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our staff
  • provide up to date information to our staff and pupils on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and Gov.ie
  • display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing techniques
  • agree with staff, a worker representative who is easily identifiable to carry out the role outlined in this plan
  • inform all staff and pupils of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements
  • adapt the school to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate in line with the guidance and direction of the Department of Education
  • keep a contact log to help with contact tracing
  • ensure staff engage with the induction / familiarisation briefing provided by the Department of Education
  • implement the agreed procedures to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 while at school
  • provide instructions for staff and pupils to follow if they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during school time
  • implement cleaning in line with Department of Education advice

All school staff will be consulted on an ongoing basis and feedback is encouraged on any concerns, issues or suggestions.

This can be done through the Lead Worker Representative(s), who will be supported in line with the agreement between the Department and education partners.

*For the complete 2021-2022 COVID-19 Policy Statement please download the PDF file below

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Covid Risk Assessment

The process involved consultation with all school staff.

Methodology used for hazard identification and control
In line with the requirements of Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (section 19) it is the policy of the BoM in Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha to address significant hazards and risks in the workplace, to access the risks to safety, health and welfare and to control these risks as far as is reasonably practicable.

The Board is committed to the ongoing identification of hazards, the assessment of the appropriate risks and the introduction of controls to deal with them. In addition, staff is involved and participates in safety, health and welfare issues within the school and is encouraged to identify and report any potential hazards that may exist and to ensure that a risk assessment is carried out.

This revised Risk Assessment includes all relevant updates and necessary control measures to minimise the risk of staff and others being exposed to Covid-19 and these will be incorporated into the Safety Statement for Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha in line with requirements of section 20 of the 2005 Act.

It is envisaged that additional reviews will be undertaken on a regular basis and in line with Government and public health advice to ensure that all information remains accurate, that controls are appropriate and where necessary risks are reassessed.

A hazard is anything with the potential to cause harm to the safety, health or welfare of staff, students, visitors and contractors – a wet or slippery floor, an unguarded machine, stressful work, a blocked entrance, hazardous chemicals etc. Hazards may be classified as physical, chemical, biological, environmental or human.

A risk is the likelihood that someone will be harmed by a hazard and the severity of that harm.

*For the complete Covid Risk Assessment please download the PDF file below

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Isolation quick guide for parents and guardians of children older than 3 months and up to 13 years of age

Signs of COVID-19 disease:

  • fever of 38.0⁰C or higher without another medical reason (such as chickenpox or a urine infection) OR
  • new cough or difficulty breathing or worsening of an existing breathing problem, OR
  • loss of sense of smell, change in sense of taste, or loss of sense of taste (if your child is able to say this) OR
  • other minor breathing or chest problems in a child who has been in contact with an ill person, is part of an outbreak or is a contact of someone who has COVID-19
  • Other symptoms associated with COVID-19 include fatigue, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, sore throat, headache, muscle/joint pain, skin rash, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea, chills or dizziness.

Symptoms may present differently in different age groups and with different variants of the virus. Some symptoms may also be confused with common cold, hay-fever or flu. If you have any new acute symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, self-isolate and contact your GP. However, if you or your child’s symptoms are very mild then stay at home, reassess after 48 hours and contact your GP for advice.

Self-isolation – (stay in your room). Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. This includes other people who live in the same house as your child, as much as possible. Self-isolation is for children who have had a test that shows they have COVID-19 and also for children who have some symptoms of COVID-19, but are still waiting for a test or test result.

Restricting movement – (stay at home). Restricting movement means avoiding contact with other people as much as possible. This includes not going to school, crèche or social activities. Restricting movement is for people who do not have signs of COVID-19 but who may be at higher risk of getting COVID-19 because they were exposed to a particular risk.

Please see gov.ie for the most up to date information regarding travel advice.

*For the full guide please see page 2 -4 of the PDF download below.

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Comirnaty Vaccine (Pfizer n BioNTech) for children between 5 and 11 years old.

About the attached leaflet

The leaflet tells you about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years.

It tells you about:

  • COVID-19 in children aged 5 to 11
  • what the COVID-19 vaccine is
  • the benefits of vaccination for children aged 5 to 11
  • the risks of vaccination for children aged 5 to 11
  • vaccine safety and side effects
  • where you can get more information

Please read this leaflet carefully. Our aim for this information booklet is to allow you to make an informed decision about getting the vaccine for your child. You can also talk to a healthcare professional, like your GP (Doctor) or Pharmacist, about the vaccine.

You can also:

  • read the manufacturer’s Patient Information Leaflet available on
    www.hse.ie/covid19vaccinePIL
  • discuss vaccination with your child or read the leaflet with them
  • read the further information available on www.hse.ie
  • read the aftercare leaflet that you get after vaccination
  • *To read the full leaflet about the Comirnaty Vaccine (Pfizer n BioNTech) please download the PDF file below

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Department of Education – Letter to Parents re Antigen Testing – 25 Nov 2021

25 November 2021

Dear Parent,

This is an update on plans to provide for the use of antigen testing in certain circumstances in children who are asymptomatic and part of a classroom pod, where there is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The most important way to protect against any onward spread of infection is that if your child has any symptoms of COVID-19, including a new cough, shortness of breath, high temperature, sore throat, they should self-isolate at home and you should book a COVID-19 PCR test for them. PCR tests can be booked here: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/testing/get-tested/

Children who have symptoms should not use antigen tests, they should stay at home and organise a PCR test for Covid-19. If a parent/guardian has any concerns about their child they should contact their GP, as per normal.

From 29 November 2021, if a parent or guardian receives a positive (detected) PCR COVID-19 test result for their child, we are asking that they contact their child’s school principal immediately to let them know…*

*To read the full letter from the Department of Education please download the PDF file below

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More Info For Parents About Covid

Reading List

Books for 2021/22

You can find what books we will be using for each year on the right. Just click on the tab for the year your child is in and see what they will need.

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Junior Infants

Books:

  • IRISH | Séideán Sí – Ag Obair Liom Leabhar an dalta A | An Gum

    IRISH | Seideann Sí: Ag Obair Liom –Leabhar an dalta B | An Gum

  • MATHS | Gafa le Mata – Naíonáin Shóisearacha | C.J Fallon

  • SPHE | Rainy Days – Junior Infants | Folens

    SPHE | Nach iontach an Domhan É – Naíonáin Shóisearacha | An Gum

  • HANDWRITING | x3 Project Book 15 (32 page copy) | Aisling

  • RELIGION | I nGrá Dé – Naíonáin Shóisearacha. Bunscoil 1 | Veritas

Other required items:

  • 3 x Empty & clean Chinese take away plastic boxes (labelled)
  • 3 x Plastic A4 envelope folder (Clear/no patter for notes, obair bhaile etc) (labelled with name)
  • Peann Luaidhe, bioróir & scriosán. Minimum of 2 Junior grip pencils, rubber, sharpener. All should be contained in a pencil case (All labelled)
  • Dathanna :Crayola twistable crayons (12 pack) (Labelled)
  • 2 whiteboard markers for mini whitboard

Important NOTES:

  • All books must be covered in contact and all belongings including uniform, jumpers, etc. must be clearly labelled (Please use the Irish version of child’s name)
  • Please ensure your child has Velcro shoes. Laced shoes are unsuitable for infants, as we take them off for gymnastics, etc and they have difficulty managing them.

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Senior Infants

Books:

  • IRISH | Séidean Sí: Mo Leabharsa, Leabhar an dalta B | An Gum

    IRISH | Seideann Sí: Ag Obair Liom –Leabhar an dalta B | An Gum

  • ENGLISH | Starlight Senior Infants skills book | Folens

  • MATHS | Gafa le Mata – Naíonáin Shinsearacha | C.J Fallon

  • SPHE/SESE | Nach Iontach an Domhan É- Naíonáin Shinsearacha | Folens

    SPHE/SESE | Rainy Days, Colouring and Activities, Senior Infants | Folens

  • RELIGION | I nGrá Dé – Naíonáin Shinsearacha Bunscoil 2 | Veritas

Copies:

  • 4 Junior copies (ruled extra wide)
  • 2 Junior Practice Copies (ASJ11 Blank)
  • 2 Document Wallets: 1 blue & 1 red
  • 2 project Copies (Project Book 15)
  • 1 Scrap books Size 13”x9” (64 pages)

Other required items:

  • Crayons
  • A ruler, a steel double topper & a rubber
  • 2 Jumbo grip triangular pencils
  • 2 Whiteboard markers for mini white borads

Important NOTES:

  • All books must be covered in contact and all belongings including uniform, jumpers, etc. must be clearly labelled (Please use the Irish version of child’s name)
  • Please ensure your child has Velcro shoes. Laced shoes are unsuitable for infants, as we take them off for gymnastics, etc and they have difficulty managing them.
  • Please make sure your child has a skipping rope in their bag everyday.

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1st Class

Books:

  • IRISH | Ag Obair Liom – Leabhar an Dálta – C | Séideán Sí

    IRISH | Am Don Léamh – Rang a Dó | Folens

  • ENGLISH | Starlight skills book. (Starlight combined reader & skills book) | Folens

  • MATHS | Gafa le Mata – Rang a hAon | C.J Fallon

  • SPHE/SESE | Nach Iontach an Domhan É! – Rang a hAon | CJ Fallon

  • RELIGION | I nGrá Dé Rang a 1 | Veritas

Copies:

  • 2 Document Wallets A4
  • 1 Notebook
  • 1 Plain Day Book
  • 2 Learn to Write B2 Exercise Book
  • 4 Project Copies 15A
  • 1 Sum Copy 20mm

Other required items:

  • Crayons & pencils
  • A ruler, a topper & 2 rubbers
  • Tin whistle ‘D’ All Clearly Labelled
  • 2 Glue Sticks

Important NOTES:

  • All belongings including uniform, jumpers etc. Must be clearly labelled (please use the irish version of child’s surname)

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2nd Class

Books:

  • IRISH | Mo Leabharsa D Leagan Connachtach | An Gum

  • ENGLISH | Starlight 2nd class skills book (to accompany starlight 2nd class core reader available on book scheme) | Folens

  • MATHS | Mata Meabhrach Rang a 2 | –

  • SPHE/SESE | Nach Iontach an Domhain É! -Rang a Dó | Folens

Copies:

  • 2 Document Wallet A4
  • 5 Copy 88 page A 11
  • 2 Sums Copies(10mm)
  • 1 Sum copy (7mm)
  • 1 Project Copy 15A
  • 1 notebook & 1 hardback copybook

Other required items:

  • Tin whistle D
  • Crayons & a pencil
  • A ruler, a topper & a rubber

Important NOTES:

  • All books must be covered in Contact and all belongings including uniform, jumpers etc. Must be clearly labelled (please use the Irish version of child’s SURNAME)

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3rd Class

Books:

  • ENGLISH | Starlight combined reading & skills book(3rd class) | Folens

  • MATHS | Mata Meabhrach Rang a 3 | –

Copies:

  • 6 Writing Copies (88 page)
  • 3 Sum copies C3 (88 page)
  • 1 Hardback copy A5
  • 3 Document Wallet

Other required items:

  • Tin whistle D
  • Crayons & a pencil
  • A ruler, a topper & a rubber
  • Glue

Important NOTES:

  • All books must be covered in Contact and all belongings including uniform, jumpers etc. Must be clearly labelled (please use the Irish version of child’s name)

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4th Class

Books:

  • IRISH | Foclóir Gaeilge /Béarla | An Gum/An Comhlacht Oideachas

  • ENGLISH | Starlight combined reading & skills book | Folens

  • MATHS | Mata Meabhrach Rang a 4 | –

Copies:

  • 10 Writing Copies (120 page)
  • 4 Sum copies C3 (88 page)
  • 1 cóipleabhar crua A4 –scríobh aistí (Hardback A4 copy)
  • 1 Fillteán (document wallet)

Other required items:

  • Feadóg D
  • Twistables nó peann luaidhe daite
  • English Dictionary / Thesaurus
  • Set matamaitice
  • High-lighters
  • Calculator

Important NOTES:

  • All books must be covered in Contact and all belongings including uniform, jumpers etc. Must be clearly labelled (please use the Irish version of child’s SURNAME)

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5th Class

Books:

  • ENGLISH | Starlight combined reading & skills book | Folens

  • MATHS | Mata Meabhrach Rang a 5 | –

Copies:

  • 12 Chóipleabhar (120 Leathanach)
  • 6 Chóipleabhar Sumaí C3 (88 page)
  • 1 Chóipleabhar Nótaí (Notebook) A5
  • 1 Cóipleabhar Eolaíochta crua A4 (hardback) Science
  • 2 Fillteán (document wallet)
  • 1 Cóipleabhar Crua A4

Other required items:

  • Feadóg D
  • Pinn + pinn luaidhe + pinn luaidhe daite
  • English Dictionary / Thesaurus
  • Foclóir Gaeilge/ Béarla
  • Uillinntomhas (protractor) Tacar Matamaticiúil (mathematical set)
  • Rialóir, scriosán, bioróir
  • High-lighter
  • Calculator

Important NOTES:

  • All books must be covered in Contact and all belongings including uniform, jumpers etc. Must be clearly labelled (please use the Irish version of child’s SURNAME)

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6th Class

Books:

  • ENGLISH | Starlight combined reading & skills book | Folens

Copies:

  • 12 Chóipleabhar (120 Leathanach)
  • 6 Chóipleabhar Sumaí C3 (88 page)
  • 1 Chóipleabhar Nótaí (Notebook)
  • 1 Chóipleabhar Eolaíochta crua A4 (hardback)
  • 2 Fhillteán (document wallet)

Other required items:

  • Feadóg D
  • Pinn + pinn luaidhe + pinn luaidhe daite
  • English Dictionary / Thesaurus
  • Foclóir Gaeilge/ Béarla
  • Uillinntomhas (protractor)
  • Rialóir, scriosán, bioróir

Important NOTES:

  • All books must be covered in Contact and all belongings including uniform, jumpers etc. Must be clearly labelled (please use the Irish version of child’s SURNAME)

Download List – PDF