Health and Safety


The health and safety of all the children is a primary concern to us.  

(a) Safety Statement

 The school has a full safety statement drawn up by the safety officer in co-operation with the Board of Management, Staff and Parents. This is available for inspection in the Principal’s office.

(b) Safety at  School  

  • In the interest of safety pupils are not permitted to leave the school unaccompanied during school hours. Pupils must be collected by Parents/Guardians in the school.
  • Parents are asked to make the teachers aware of any medical conditions or allergies from which the child may be suffering.
  • Children may store textbooks/copies in classrooms so as to reduce the weight of school bags.
  • Parents are reminded to notify the school of any change of home/work/mobile phone numbers immediately.
  • At home time the children assemble in their relative areas.
  • When the bus and after school children have vacated the building, the rest of the children are escorted to the front of the building where they must be collected by an adult.
  • There is NO PARKING in the school grounds nor can the entrance be used to turn cars.
  •  Parents should regularly advise their children not to engage in conversation with strangers and never to go anywhere with strangers.
  •  Please observe the spaces allocated for the parking of minibuses and the various road markings outside the gate.

    (c) Accidents

     Cuts and bruises receive attention in the school.  Temporary dressings are applied which will serve until the child gets home.  Parents should always attend to them when the child returns from school. In the case of serious accidents every effort will be made to contact the parents by phone. In the event of a parent/guardian not being contactable an ambulance will be called. 

    (d)  Illness  

    When the Principal or teacher feels that a child is not well enough to concentrate on work as a result of becoming sick or as a result of an accident, the parents of the child will be contacted and arrangements made for the child to be taken home.  Parents are requested on the application form to designate a person to whom the child may be entrusted in the event of the parents not being available.  An up-to-date register of parents’ home/work telephone numbers together with the phone numbers of neighbours/friends  is kept in the office.     

    • If your child is to benefit from the educational programme please ensure that they get proper sleep and eat proper meals.
    • If your child is ill or has been ill through the night do not send him/her to school.

     (e) Absenteeism 

    All absences must be accounted for in writing. Should you need your child to leave school early please send a note to the class teacher. Children must be collected from the classroom when leaving early, they are not allowed to go alone to the school gate. If your child is likely to be absent for a prolonged period please notify the school as soon as possible. In accordance with the Education Welfare Act schools are legally obliged to report all absences of 20 days (even where there are written notes from parents).

    (f) Stay Safe Programme 

    All children in Scoil Phádraig are taught the relevant ‘Stay Safe’ Programme by their teachers, which provides a personal safety message to them regarding friendships, strangers and bullying. The lessons teach children about what to do if they’re frightened or upset. One of the central messages children learn is that if they ever have a problem, they should tell an adult they know and trust.  This Stay Safe booklet has been produced to explain how parents can help keep their child happy, confident and safe.

    (g) HSE –  School Screening ProgrammeAudiometry Screening

    (hearing): Senior Infants, New Entrants, Parental & Teacher Concern. 

    Vision Screening: Senior Infants, 6th Class, New Entrants, Parental & Teacher Concern.

    Immunisation Programme: 4 & 1 Booster – Junior Infants, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) – Junior Infants Booster
    Dental: 2nd, 4th and 6th class – Routine Examinations

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