Baile Mhic Adaim
policy was originally formulated in 2004, redrafted in 2005, updated in 2006, 2008,
2012, June 2016 and March 2020. It
applies to all staff and children during school hours, break times, and on all
school related activities.
rules for National Schools (121(4) and 124(1)) obliges teachers to take all
reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of pupils and to participate in
supervising pupils during school time and during all school related activities.
such as the Health Safety and Welfare at Work Act and recent Court judgments
have placed a “duty of care” and accountability on schools that must be
underpinned by a policy covering all possible eventualities.
are in “Loco parentis” and therefore are required to take such care of his/her
pupils as a careful parent would. The degree of supervision will vary with the
circumstances and age of the children.
Relationship to the
Characteristic Ethos of the School
policy is in keeping with the school ethos of providing a safe and secure
environment for learning for all pupils and the wider school community.
Aims and Objectives
- To develop a framework that
effectively ensures, as far as is practicable, the safety of children
while at play on the yard or while engaged in school related activities.
- To observe and monitor behavioural
patterns outside the confines of the classroom.
- To contribute to effective
school management and comply with relevant legislation.
- It is the policy of the
school to supervise the school yard at all times during regular lunch
breaks i.e. 11.00am to 11.10am, 12.30pm to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 2.10pm. Teachers assume a duty of care at
9.10am. The door of the school will
be opened at this time. School starts at 9.20am. The Board of Management
informs parents that the school does not accept responsibility for pupils
dropped off earlier than 9.10am
- A Rota for supervision is
drawn up by the Deputy Principal in consultation with staff and this Rota
is displayed on the staff room notice board. A teacher supervises one
break each day on a rota basis.
- Rules of the school yard
are reviewed and revised continually and communicated to children
- If parents indicate a worry
about a particular child on the yard all teachers rostered for yard duty
are informed of the concern so that the particular concerns can be
- Teachers can swap
supervision duties with a willing colleague. If a teacher is absent their supervision
duties will be covered by another teacher.
- Children with
injuries/complaints are dealt with directly by the teacher on yard
- First Aid boxes and
Accident Report books are kept as a matter of procedure.
- Any bullying or behaviour
issues will be recorded and reported to the relevant class teachers.
- The teacher of the middle
classes will walk the children to the gate and parents will collect their
children from inside the school gate at home time.
- If children remain
uncollected after 3.20pm, the school always ensures that a duty of care is
provided until a parent/guardian calls.
out of school activities such as games, swimming and outings provisions are put
in place to ensure adequate levels of supervision.
a teacher is called from his/her classroom to meet with a parent or other, the
door of the classroom will be left open and another teacher will be asked to
keep a watching brief. However, it is
school policy to request parents and sales reps to make appointments.
wet days children remain in their classes under the supervision of the teacher
visiting teachers/coaches such as P.E., Music and Art take over a class, the
teachers are obliged to maintain a presence.
school Safety Statement lists all hazards inside the school grounds and
supervisors are accordingly briefed.
policy will be reviewed every three years.
policy was ratified by the Board of Management on 3rd March, 2020.
Mr. Donal O’Sullivan Martin
Date: 04/03/2020 04/03/2020
- Insurance, Safety and
Security in the school – Allianz
Yard Duty and Supervision
Duty roster will be displayed in Staff Room
of Yard Duty;
The prime object of yard duty is the safety of all
children. Serious consideration will also be given to regard for school property.
Supervision and control of the yard should be consistent from one teacher to
- Investigate all reports of bullying in whatever form
- Keeps a vigilant eye for rough play e.g. climbing on
backs, pushing, playing fighting, and kicking footballs away or at each other,
“horseplay” / dangerous play on grass etc.
- Play is to be confined to yard area during very wet
weather. Children may not play on the grass during this time. If the ball goes
into a grass area one child may retrieve it. It is important that where there
is general roughness and disregard for discipline that the play be stopped.
too fast, around corners and especially close to school walls.
equipment e.g. rackets
Strategies for Entering and Exiting the School:
exiting the school must be done in a safe and orderly manner.
- In the mornings, children come straight into their
classroom and sit down in their seats when the door is opened at 9.10am.
- At 3.10pm, children walk in an orderly fashion to the
school gate and wait for their parents to help them cross the road. Children,
who travel on the bus, board the bus without crossing the road.
- After break times, the supervising teacher will ring
the bell and the children line up in their designated lines. All talking
- Children then walk quietly and orderly into their
classrooms line by line.