Health and Safety Policy

Fire Drill Procedure

Fire drills take place every term. (The Alarm company is advised of fire drills).


Principal and Secretary

  • The Principal will sound the alarm in the case of a practice fire drill.

  • In the case of a real fire the teacher/principal/secretary/caretaker presses the nearest emergency red button at the source of the fire.

  • Secretary should contact the fire brigade and bring her phone on leaving the building.

  • If safe, Principal checks all the corridor toilets before exiting the building. Teacher in room 14 checks toilets on top corridor as she leaves the building. An assigned SNA will check toilets on bottom corridor.


Teacher’s Role

  • On hearing the alarm, the teacher encourages the children to remain calm.

  • The teacher ensures he/she has his/her phone to contact parents via Aladdin.

  • It is imperative that the teacher is last to leave the classroom, closes the door and remains at the rear of the line.

  • The class moves swiftly to their designated exit in an orderly fashion. (as shown on plan beside each classroom door)

  • Each class lines up on their specified line to allow teacher to do a head count.

  • In the unlikely event that a child is not with his/her class, they join the nearest line, exit the building and join their own class in the yard.

  • If they are with another class/teacher, they leave the building with this class/teacher.


Lunchtime Fire drills

Children indoors:

  • On sound of the alarm the staff will move swiftly to their own classroom, if it is safe to do so. The teachers on duty put the above procedures into operation.

Children outdoors:

  • On sound of the alarm bell, the teachers proceed to the yard  with their phones for assembly procedure as above.


Operation of Fire Extinguishers and Sprinklers

  • They are serviced every year.


Parents’ Role in the event of an emergency

  • They must remain outside the gates to avoid panic and confusion unless notified to collect children.

  • Teachers will record the names of children as they have been collected.


Administration of Medicine


Prescription medicines.

  • These should not be administered by school on the short term.

  • Long term medication: Parents must apply in writing to the BOM seeking permission for the school to administer medication. The relevant indemnity form must be filled out  - see CPSMA handbook page 304 (inhalers are long term and as such require the  indemnity form). Form available here.

  • Each individual case will be arranged between Board of Management and the parent.


Non-prescription medicines.

  • Non-prescription medicines,  eg paracetamol,  will only be administered under supervision by the school principal.



  • Medical History-to be detailed by parents on enrolment form.

  • Indemnity forms-C.P.S.M.A  page 303-304.  Available from office in cases where they are needed.

  • Nomination forms: Details of adult responsible for the child when parents are unavailable must be detailed on enrolment form.

  • Accident Report Book : Major incidents to be detailed. This will be filled in by teacher on duty on the yard.

  • Emergency phone numbers for staff and pupils are on Aladdin.


First aid Resources

  • Each corridor has its own First Aid kit.

  • First Aid kit to be kept accessible to yard.

  • First Aid kit in the office.

  • First Aid Kits should be taken on school tours and matches.

  • Reminder to staff that children should not administer First Aid.


When an accident happens

Yard  Break – minor injuries

  • Child may sit on a chair inside the small yard door where teacher on small yard can see the child.

  • Class Teacher deals with it after break is over -a First Aid kit located near the small yard door.


 (More serious injury)

  • Send an older child for the Principal.

  • Child with serious injuries  brought to the office to be checked

(eg. eyes/ears/teeth/head etc.)

  • Principal contacts parents

  • Major accidents to be entered in accident book

  • Medical aid is sought if necessary.

(In the absence/unavailability of the Principal, the Deputy Principal will deal with the situation)


Procedure for conflict in the yard

  • Verbal reprimand

  • Time out

  • If continuous a privilege can be withdrawn.

  • Consistent conflicts - principal will contact parents.

  • Sanctions -code of behaviour.


Safety Officer: Special Duties Post holder

Do safety audit once a year with the Safety Officer from the BOM.

Staff should report safety issues to the safety officer.


Safety Rules

Children should not enter school building before 9 a.m. unless supervised by a teacher.

Parents are reminded annually that children are not supervised in the yard before 9 a.m.  or after school hours at 2.40 p.m. unless  children are taking part in specific before- school or after-school activities.  On wet days children are usually supervised in the school hall.

It is the parents’/guardians’ responsibility if children are left on school premises outside of these times.


Children should line up in school yard in the morning and await collection by the class teacher or principal.

At the end of the school day, pupils exit with their teachers and await collection by parents/guardians in the yard.


Classroom teacher will supervise the hanging-up of coats, toilet trips and movement in corridor and on stairs where children will be required to walk quietly and to hold handrail on  stairs..

The main /outer gate and dividing gate to be closed over during school hours and                     all visitors to be buzzed in through main entrance.

Last person in from the yard after playtime should ensure door is bolted from the inside.




Inside the classroom: All children will walk within room.

On wet days at break-times and between 12:00 and 12:15 , all children should remain in seat.

Children should ask permission to use the bathroom from the teacher on duty.


Teacher on break-time supervision should ensure all classroom doors remain open. Teacher will visit each room at least once during the supervision period. Senior helpers (Cuiditheoirí) will be reminded that they are “helpers”. Any problem/query is to be referred to and dealt with by teacher on corridor duty. Any accidents should be recorded in Accident Report Book.




Breaks: One teacher on duty with SNA’s on the corridors from 12:00- 12:15 and in the yards from 10:50 – 11:00 and 12:15 - 12:30 .

Entering school for toilets during yard time: Permission may be granted to the child by the teacher on yard duty.

Teachers on duty will ensure that front and side gates are closed over at beginning of break time.

Teachers will collect classes from yard promptly.

Last person in from the yard after playtime should ensure door is bolted from the inside.



Duties of Employees under the  Health, Safety  and Welfare at Work Act 2005


Employees must take reasonable care for their own safety, health and welfare at work and for that of any other person who may be affected by their acts or omissions while at work;

  1. Employees must cooperate with their employers and others in meeting the requirements of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act;

  2. Employees must report to the employer or immediate supervisor, without reasonable delay, any defects in plant, equipment, place of work or system of work which might endanger safety, health or welfare of which he becomes aware;

  3. Employees must use, in such a manner as to provide the protection intended, any suitable appliance, protective clothing, equipment or other thing or means  provided for securing his/her safety, health and welfare at work;

  4. It is an offence under the Act to interfere with or misuse anything provided to protect safety, health and welfare at work. (C.P.S.M.A. page 283)

(See Safety Statement)


School's Policy and procedures in cases of

  • Positive staff relations: Adult Bullying /Harassment -follow procedure on pgs.198- 207 of C.P.S.M.A. Handbook. See school policy on Adult Bullying and Harassment.

  • Grievance Procedure: Section C(3) pgs.208 -210 of C.P.S.M.A. Handbook.

  • Assaults on Teachers/School Employees and Theft of their property - see Pg.210 – 212 of  C.P.S.M.A Handbook

  • Policy Reviewed March 2019



This policy will be monitored on an ongoing basis and amendments added as needed


This amended policy will be in place from June 2019.



Reviewed and agreed by Board of Management