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St. Joseph’s School,

Supervision Policy


This policy was formulated in 2007. It applies to all staff and students during school hours, break times, and on all school related activities.
The Rules for National Schools (121(4) and 124(1)) obliges teachers to take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of students and to participate in supervising students during school time and during all school related activities.

This policy is in keeping with the principle of providing a safe and secure environment for learning for all students and the wider school community. The policy is also based on the principle that proactive supervision will assist in the prevention of dangerous situations, the prevention of accidents and to ensure that there is a calm and safe environment for all.

Aims and Objectives

To develop a framework that effectively ensures, as far as is practicable, the safety of students while at play on the yard or while engaged in school related activities.ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities in regard to supervision contribute to effective school management and comply with relevant legislation.

School Procedures

Pre- School Supervision
The Board of Management informs parents that the school does not accept responsibility for students dropped off earlier than 9.30amto the particular nature of St. Joseph’s, the Principal and/or Deputy Principal, assisted by those Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) free will supervise from 9.30 until the bell rings one to two minutes prior to 9.40am. attending Breakfast Club are supervised by the two SNAs assigned, who can call on Principal/Deputy Principal if required. enter school from the yard at the back so the teacher in the yard should know those students who have gone to Breakfast Club.on Breakfast Club will accompany more junior pupils and those individual pupils who may require extra supervision back to class.

Role of Class Teacher-Supervision
School officially starts at 9.40am. Class teachers are required to be in their classrooms to meet their students from 9.40am and assume duty of care onwards.a teacher is running late, it is their responsibility to ensure that the Principal/Deputy Principal is made aware of this to ensure that their class is supervised until they arrive.teachers are required to supervise their classes at all times. the event of there being an emergency, the class teacher should ensure that assistance/cover is sought before leaving their class unsupervisedstudents should be accompanied if sent on messages.

Hall Supervision
The students dine together in the Hall from 11.10am until 11.20am and are under the supervision of a designated Class teacher at all times, assisted by SNAs. A similar situation takes place at lunch time. Junior students have their lunch between 12.45pm and 1pm, while Senior boys have their lunch from 1-1.15pm. teacher on duty is requested to get to the hall as soon as possible to ensure the safe supervision of the students. teacher on duty is required to remain in the area of supervision at all times and call on an available SNA to assist if a student needs to leave the area, if any equipment is required or if a message needs to be delivered to Principal/Deputy Principal/Office.staff are asked to proactively supervise the students at all times teacher on the hall is asked to direct the SNAs or senior students to assist with the handing out of lunches/drinks/compost bin etc.teacher on hall duty should send a senior student to call the staff assigned to outside dutysafety and supervision of students takes precedence over the distribution of lunches at all times.are dismissed from the hall by the teacher on hall duty and should remain in their places until called to ensure a safe and orderly exit from the hall.should not be allowed out to the yard without adequate supervisiongoing to the front yard are expected to wait in the Front Hall until the Teacher on duty is with them- a senior pupil should be assigned by the teacher on duty to hold the door until all have exited safely.a student is staying back to talk to a teacher or to sort out an issue it is the responsibility of that teacher to ensure that those staff on outside duty know where that student is.
Yard Supervision
It is the policy of the school to supervise the school yard at all times during regular breaks.rota for supervision is drawn up the Principal in consultation with the staff and this Rota is displayed on the staff room notice board.of the school yard are reviewed and revised continually and communicated to students regularly.who have signed up to the 37 hours supervision contracts are paid by the DES for same in early July. The Board of Management can determine if extra supervision is required irrespective of payment for agreed school policy that teachers remain on the school premises during school hours enable the best use of space and to ensure the safety of smaller students, the yard space is designated in three ways:

Junior 1 Yard
Girls’ and Junior 2 Yard
Senior Boys’ Yard

Each yard is supervised by a Class teacher assisted by a number of SNAs. The Class Teacher on the Back yard is responsible for supervising Junior 1 yard also.
All staff are expected to proactively supervise the students. teacher on duty is required to remain in the area of supervision at all times and call on an available SNA to assist if a student needs to leave the area, if any equipment is required or if a message needs to be delivered to Principal/Deputy Principal/Office.staff are expected to interrupt any dangerous or rough play as soon as they become aware of it. Staff should move around the yard watching out in attempt to prevent situations arising. Particular students may need extra supervision in the yard and the Class teacher on duty and/or Principal/ DP may assign extra SNA support. Individual arrangements may be made from time to time for individual students and these arrangements will be communicated to the teacher on duty.a teacher is unsure of where an individual student is during yard time, they should send an SNA to check on their whereabouts. If an SNA is not available, then a responsible student should be sent to ask the Principal or Deputy Principal to check on the student’s whereabouts.SNAs should encourage students to engage in play activities and be responsible for arranging the bringing in and out of play equipment such as footballs and basketballswill encourage senior students to assist in bringing in play equipment that is appropriate for them to and supervision of students takes precedence over the organsiation of play equipment at all times.staff has a worry about a particular child on the yard, the Principal and all teachers rostered for yard duty should be informed of the concern so that action can be taken to address the concerns satisfactorily.returning to class when the bell rings for end of break, students are encouraged to line up to ensure safe entry. A designated student should be given reasonability to hold the door by the staff member on duty.
Junior 1 use the Back door to enter school buildingcoming from the Front yard use the Main doorGirls coming from the Back Yard use the Door in Junior 1 yard.
Students who need to stay inside must have permission of the Principal or the Deputy Principal, in the absence of the Principal. Names of the students who are staying inside are to be written up on the white Board in the hall.most senior students have always been given the privilege of making the choice of remaining in at break times. These students are asked to remain in the Dining hall unless other arrangements have been made with the Principal/Deputy Principal.Teacher on duty is responsible for dealing with incidents of mis- behaviour. The Staged approach to dealing with Mis-behaviour as laid out in the school’s Code of discipline should be used: i.e. 1. Verbal Warning, 2. Temporary Separation from peers etc. 3. Removal from yard (seek assistance), 4. Report matter to Principal/Deputy Principal if it on going problem incidents should be noted and the Principal or Deputy Principal informed.with injuries/complaints are dealt with directly by the teacher on yard duty. teacher on duty should send for assistance if they feel it is required in the case of dangerous behaviour. The teacher on duty should determine if the shortening of break time is required and should send someone to ring the bell should the need arise.

Accidents requiring first aid treatment should be noted in the Accident Book. First Aid box is located in the Staff Room.not on yard duty are asked to return to class as soon as the bell rings to assist the teachers on duty.are required to collect their class from the hall

Supervision on Wet Days
First Break
On wet day, senior students remain in the hall under the supervision of those teachers and SNAs assigned to the outdoor duty. games trolley is taken out to use on wet daysshould remain seated while in the hall and should return equipment to the trolley in an orderly manner on the ringing of the bell.those students on the Pool rota should be in the vicinity of the Pool table- an SNA is assigned to supervise Pool. In the absence of enough staff, pool is suspended for that day.the SNA supervising pool requires assistance, a responsible student should be sent to seek assistance from the staff room
Junior students return to the junior rooms and are supervised by the teacher assigned to the junior yard.
Lunch break
Senior boys go to Senior 2 classroom from 12.45-1.
Junior students/Girls go to Junior rooms.
A box of games specifically for use on wet days will be made available in each classroom for use on wet break times
Supervision at Bell Time at 3.20pm
All class teachers maintain their duty of care until their students leave the school groundssupervision of students in the Front Hall and dismissal of students in the evening is the responsibility of the Deputy Principal.SNA has been assigned a bus to which they escort the students to each evening.

If students remain uncollected after 3.20pm, the Deputy principal or teacher in charge should phone parents/guardians to inform them. The school always ensures that a duty of care is provided until a parent/guardian calls.

Supervision Cover for Absent Teachers
It is the responsibility of teachers taking a course day to swap supervision duties with a willing colleague. The Principal or Deputy Principal should be informed of this the responsibility of teachers going out on school outings/sports activities to ensure that their supervision duty will be covered by a colleague.
If a teacher is unexpectedly absent due to illness a volunteer colleague will assume his/her duties in a reciprocal arrangement. the case of an absence longer than four weeks, the substitute teacher will undertake and be paid for supervision duty.

Special Provisions

On out of school activities such as games, swimming, outings, tours, back up provisions are put in place to ensure adequate levels of supervision are put in place. The outing may be postponed in the event of there not being an appropriate level of supervision. This will be determined by the Principal.a teacher is called from his/her classroom to meet with a parent, another member of staff may be released to cover. However, it is school policy to request parents to make appointments.visiting teachers such as P.E. / Swimming are working with a class/group of students, it is school policy that the class teacher is present and is responsible for supervision.SNA’S nor students are ever left in sole charge of a class.may request that their children be allowed leave during the school day due to appointments etc. Parents are requested to call to the Office to ensure that this student’s absence is noted in the event of there being a fire drill/emergency.

Success Criteria and Review

Ensuring a safe child-friendly school and yardwell organisied and safe out of school activitiesschool rules termlysupervision duties yearlyor adjusting procedures deemed to be inoperable
This policy is to be agreed at a Staff meeting.
It will be sent for ratification by the Board of Management and will be in operation from February 2008.


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