Important dates for your diary re ‘exceptional’ school closures i.e. school closures that are not on the school calendar.
Thursday 22nd February: School closes at 12:20 pm for Child Protection training
Friday 9th March: School closes at 12:20 pm for Child Protection Training
Monday 12th March: School closed all day for Staff Training on New Language Curriculum
The Department of Education and Skills have developed new Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools. These have been developed by the DES in consultation with the partners in education to take account of The Children First Act, 2015 and the revised Children First Guidelines, 2017.
In line with these new procedures all Primary schools in the country have been advised to close their schools for two half days so that all staff; teachers, SNAs and ancillary staff can be trained in their new responsibilities. This training will further the staff’s understanding of what they need to do if they witness or hear of abuse of children, whether that be in the form of physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect. Teachers are now mandated reporters and are now legally obliged to report concerns they have to the Designated Liaison Person (Colette). The school will close early at 12:20 on 22nd February and on 9th March to facilitate this training.
The New Language Curriculum
In a totally separate development, the new Language (English and Irish) Curriculum is being rolled out in the junior classes in schools this year. Our staff have been asked to attend one day’s training in the Dublin West Education Centre on Monday March 12th. For this reason the school will be closed all day on March 12th.
Happy Chinese New Year to all families who are celebrating on Friday. We wish you joy and prosperity at this special time of year for you and your families,