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Geashill National School
Code of Behaviour Policy
The school has been in existence since 1862 and has had traditional standards of behaviour, courtesy, respect and consideration for others.
All pupils are expected to keep to these standards during their time in Geashill N.S.
Every member of the school community has a role to play in the implementation of the Code of Behavior. Rules will be kept to a minimum, emphasize positive behavior and will be applied in a fair and consistent manner, with due regard to the age of the pupils and to individual difference.
The overall responsibility for discipline within the school rest with the principal teacher as agent of the Board of Management. Each teacher has the responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within his/her classroom while sharing a common responsibility for care of pupils and good order within the school.
b) Responsibility for their actions
c) Proper respect for order and authority
General Guidelines for Positive Behaviour
Geashill N.S. Rules
School rules are kept to a minimum and are devised with regard for the health, safety and welfare of all members of the school community. If a school is to function efficiently, it is necessary that rules and regulations are clearly stated and enforced consistently and fairly.
- Children may not leave the school premises unless collected by a parent or guardian.
- If a child has to leave with any other person, a note giving permission is required from a parent or guardian.
- Chewing gum is not allowed in the school.
- Abuse of, or damage to furniture, equipment or school buildings and property of other pupils is forbidden.
- Pupils must walk quietly in hallways going to and from yard, hall and school gates.
- Bullying is not acceptable.
Bullying is repeated verbal, psychological or physical aggression by an individual or group against others. The most common forms of bullying are aggressive physical contact, name-calling, intimidation, extortion, isolation and taunting. Bullying will not be tolerated and parents will be expected to cooperate with the school at all times in dealing with instances of bullying in accordance with the schoolís Anti-Bullying Policy
Affirming Positive Behaviour
Positive reinforcement of good behavior leads to better self-discipline and we place a greater emphasis on rewards and incentives than on sanctions.
The purpose of sanctions and other strategies is to promote positive and discourage misbehavior. Sanctions will be applied according to the gravity of the misbehavior, with due regard to age and emotional development. These may include:-
Pupils will not be deprived of engagement in a Curricular Area, except on the
grounds of health/safety
Board of Managementís Responsibilities
Support and implement the schoolís code of behavior.
For gross misbehavior or repeated instances of serious misbehavior suspension may be considered. Aggressive, threatening or violent behavior towards a teacher or pupil will be regarded as serious or gross misbehavior. Before serious sanctions such as detention, suspension or expulsion are used, the normal channels of communication between school and parents will be utilized. Communication with parents may be verbal or by letter depending on the circumstances. Every effort will be made to have an emotionally disturbed child referred for psychology assessment. Help may also be sought from H.S.E. where applicable.
Where there are repeated instances of serious misbehavior, the Chairperson of the Board of Management will be informed and the parents will be requested in writing to attend at the school to meet the Chairperson and the principal. If the parents do not give an undertaking that the pupil will behave in an acceptable manner in the future the pupil may be suspended for a period. Prior to suspension, where possible, the Principal may review the case in consultation with teachers and other members of the school community involved, with due regard to records of previous misbehaviors, their pattern and context, sanctions and other interventions used and their outcomes and any relevant medical information. Suspension will be in accordance with the Rules for National Schools and the Education Welfare Act 2000.
In the case of gross misbehaviour, where it is necessary to ensure that order and discipline are maintained and to secure the safety of the pupils, the Board may authorise the Chairperson or Principal to sanction an immediate suspension for a period not exceeding three school days, pending a discussion of the matter with the parents.
Expulsion may be considered in an extreme case, in accordance with the Rule for National Schools and the Education Welfare Act 2000. Before suspending or expelling a pupil, the Board shall notify the Local Welfare Education Officer in writing in accordance with Section 24 of the Education Welfare Act.
Removal of Suspension (Reinstatement)
Following or during a period of suspension, the parent/s may apply to have the pupil reinstated to the school. The parent/s must give a satisfactory undertaking that a suspended pupil will behave in accordance with the school code and the Principal must be satisfied that the pupilís reinstatement will not constitute a risk to the pupilís own safety or that of the other pupils or staff. The Principal will facilitate the preparation of a behavior plan for the pupil if required and will re-admit the pupil formally to the class