Code of Discipline

Expectations:

In Kilbeg NS, we expect parents to:

  • Ensure children come to school each day on time. (9.20am-2pm Infants)

(9.20am-3pm 1st -6th)

  • Send a written explanation if a child is absent from school for any reason.
  • Ensure children wear full uniform and are clean, neat and tidy.
  • Ensure children wear appropriate clothing for P.E.
  • Label all property and clothing clearly
  • Help children with their homework and sign their homework journal daily.
  • Treat school staff and other children with respect, courtesy and polite language.
  • Co-operate with school staff and attend meetings when requested.
  • Provide a healthy lunch daily for their children.
  • Make an appointment, through the secretary, if they wish to meet with a teacher.

In Kilbeg NS we expect staff to:

  • Be punctual.
  • Be prepared for class.
  • Treat children, parents and other staff members with respect, courtesy and polite language.
  • Co-operate with each other and work as part of a team.
  • Be fair and consistent.
  • Be aware of their duty of care to all children, at all times.

In Kilbeg NS we expect children to:

  • Treat staff and other children with respect, courtesy and polite language.
  • Be kind to each other.
  • Be honest in their dealings with others.
  • Treat school property and other children’s property with respect.
  • Listen carefully in class and do their best work
  • Complete homework and present it on time.
  • Maintain a high standard of behaviour while on the school premises and while engaging in any school-related activity.

Behaviour will be subject to the school’s code of behaviour anywhere on the school premises(during the designated school hours), on any out of school activity where the child/children are representing the school (e.g. sport events, cultural events, school tours etc)

Promoting a positive school climate.

  • Through the SPHE curriculum we will teach the skills the children will need to live up to the school expectations, e.g. co-operating with each other, listening to each other, showing respect, taking turns, using please and thank you etc.
  • Staff have a common understanding of expectations and a common approach to sanctioning. Through daily contact class teachers will promote an atmosphere of mutual respect.Ways of promoting good behaviour:
    • Teacher’s regularly praise good behaviour in a consistent manner.
    • Involve children in forming class rules.
    • Reward systems in Junior classes e.g. ‘Star of the Week’ (Rewards will reflect interests and needs of the child)
    • Teachers model good behaviour.
    • Giving children responsibility in the school.
    • A written comment on pupils’ work
    • Use of school reports to comment favourably, not only on good work and academic achievement, but on behaviour, on involvement and on general attitudes.

Purpose and content of school rules:

Each child coming to school has a right to expect an atmosphere where he\she can learn, play and feel safe. The following rules set out to ensure this:

  • Teachers accept responsibility for children from 9.20am to 2pm in the case of infants and from 9.20am-3pm for all other pupils. If an infant is leaving with someone other than a parent or guardian, a note or a phone call will be necessary.
  • For absences, a written explanation in the homework diary must be given to the teacher.
  • Pupils are not allowed to leave the school grounds during school hours. Pupils are not allowed to climb, walk or cross walls, jump up or down steps or swing on railings.
  • Pupils must enter and exit through the school gate. At no time, may they cross the wall.
  • Parent Teacher Meeting will be held annually. All other meetings must be made by prior appointment.
  • No bullying or aggressive behaviour.
  • Children must have all requisites as specified on the booklist.
  • All homework must be done and diaries must be signed by parent/guardian. Parents/Guardian must excuse uncompleted homework otherwise it must be done the following night.
  • Bad language is forbidden.
  • Writing/scribbling on desks or other school property and chewing gum is prohibited. If the damage is severe, the item will have to be repaired or replaced.
  • Children must wear either school tracksuit or uniform.
  • There is a water system in the school which supplies filtered water to the children. No fizzy drinks/juices are allowed. Every child must bring a water bottle to school.

Unacceptable Behaviour and Sanctions.

Some examples of Minor misbehaviour:

  • Disobedience: not carrying out instructions from the teacher

: not getting on with work set by the teacher.

: not following class rules.

  • Disrupting class: shouting out, throwing objects (e.g. paper, rubbers etc)

: swinging on chairs, eating and drinking in class,

: distracting others, interrupting the teacher, wandering around the classroom, fidgeting and inattention, sulking, misbehaviour in teacher’s absence.

  • Damaging school or other children’s property: marking tables with pencils, pens, marking other children’s books, tearing books.
  • Pushing, leaving children out of play/drama, leaving set play area.
  • Returning to classroom during break times without permission.
  • Not completing homework. (without a note of explanation)

(This is NOT an exhaustive list)

In Yard

  • Inappropriate play…e.g. Red Rover, Bulldog, chain tag

Examples of steps to be taken by teachers when dealing with minor misdemeanours:

  • Verbal reprimand/reasoning with the pupil
  • Noting instance of yard behaviour in yard book

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with regular occurrences of minor misdemeanours:

Phase 1 (within the classroom):

  • Write story of what happened OR one copy of school rules OR relevant rule to upper limit of 20 times- all to be signed by parent
  • Note in homework journal to be signed by parent
  • Temporary separation from peers
  • Sending to another teacher
  • Denial of participation in some class activity
  • Warning to pupil whose name appears in yard book more than three times
  • Notifying parents concerning further misbehaviour on yard
  • Temporary separation within classroom

Phase 2

  • Class teacher meets one or both parents
  • Principal/Vice Principal meets with one/both parents concerning yard behaviour

Some examples of Serious Misbehaviour:

Continuous minor misbehaviour automatically becomes a serious misbehaviour

  • Bullying.(See school’s anti-bullying policy)
  • Kicking, fighting, spitting.
  • Throwing objects (objects that could cause harm)
  • Abusive language.
  • Damaging school/other children’s property e.g. defacing walls, desks, tables with permanent markers, deliberately breaking windows, destroying other children’s work/property.
  • Stealing school/staff or other children’s property, books etc.
  • Leaving school grounds without permission.
  • Deliberate disobedience.
  • Being cheeky.
  • Telling lies.

(This is NOT an exhaustive list)

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with serious misdemeanours:

As above plus:

  • Teacher sends note in journal to be signed by parent
  • Principal and class teacher meet with one/both parents
  • Chairperson of Board of Management is informed and parents requested to meet with Chairperson and Principal
  • Exclusion from school outings
  • For deliberate disobedience and other serious incidents, parents may be contacted by phone and asked to collect the child

Some examples of extreme misbehaviour (these may incur automatic suspension)

  • Threatening behaviour.
  • Kicking and hitting teachers.
  • Serious theft.

(This is NOT an exhaustive list)

Examples of steps to be taken when dealing with gross misdemeanours:

  • Chairperson/Principal to sanction immediate suspension pending discussion with parents as per p.77 NEWB Guidelines
  • Expulsion will be considered in an extreme case in accordance with NEWB Guideline p.82

Sanctions:

When choosing a sanction the teacher will be aware of the following:

Sanctions should:

  • Defuse and not escalate a situation.
  • Preserve the dignity of all parties.
  • Be applied in a fair and consistent way.
  • Be timely.
  • Be proportionate to the nature and seriousness of the behaviour.
  • Be appropriate to the age and developmental stage of the child and take account of the cultural background of the child.

Procedures in respect of Suspension. (as per page 77 of the NEWB Guidelines)

  • Investigation of the facts to confirm serious misbehaviour.
  • Parents will be informed by phone or in writing about the incident.
  • Parents will be given an opportunity to respond.

If suspension is still decided upon

  • Principal notifies parent in writing of the decision to suspend. The letter should confirm.
    • The period of the suspension and the dates on which the suspension will begin and end.
    • The reasons for the suspension.
    • Any study programme to be followed.
    • The arrangements for returning to school, including any commitments to be entered into by the student and the parents.
    • The provision for appeal to the Board of management or secretary general of the DES. (Only where the total number of days for which the student has been suspended in the current school year reaches 20 days.)

Records and reports.

Formal written records will be kept of:

  • The investigation (including notes of all interviews held)
  • The decision-making process.
  • The decision and rationale for the decision.
  • The duration of the suspension and any conditions attached to the suspension.

Expulsion.( As per page 82 of the NEWB Guidelines)

Procedures in respect of expulsion.

  • A detailed investigation carried out under the direction of the principal.
    • Inform parents in writing of alleged misbehaviour, how it will be investigated and that it could result in expulsion.
    • Give parents and students the opportunity to respond before a decision is made.
  • A recommendation to the BOM by the principal( see page 84 NEWB guidelines)
  • Consideration by the BOM of the principal’ recommendations and the holding of a hearing. (see page 84 NEWB Guidelines)
  • BOM deliberations and actions following the hearing. ( page 85 NEWB Guidelines)
    • If BOM is of the opinion that the student should be expelled, the Board must notify the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) in writing, of its opinion and the reasons for this opinion.
    • The student cannot be expelled before the passage of 20 school days from the date on which the EWO receives this written notification.
  • Consultations arranged by the EWO.
  • Confirmation of the decision to expel.

Appeals.

  • A parent may appeal a decision to expel to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science ( Education Act 1998 section 29)

Procedures for notifying the school about reasons for absence from school

Parents are requested to send in a written note (provide at the back of the homework diary)