HEALTH & SAFETY STATEMENT

Students are made aware and are expected to be familiar with the School Rules/Code of Behaviour.

It is everybodys’ duty to report any incident which could lead to an accident.

The school opens at 8.30 a.m. to accommodate no more than the students arriving by early bus. There is limited supervision for these students only. All other students are expected to arrive in school between 8.45 and 8.55 a.m. when official supervision is in place. All students are expected to be organised and ready for class by 9.00 a.m.

Break times are supervised by a designated staff member, students are expected to cooperate with the teacher on duty and report any incidents.

The timetabled school day finishes at 3.20 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Students should vacate the school premises immediately unless engaged in supervised after-school activities. Supervision by the designated teacher on duty finishes at 3.30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 4.10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

INDOOR SAFETY

  • Students should walk on the left side of the stairs in single file, up and down stairs, in the interests of safety.
  • No running is allowed in any part of the school buildings.
  • Games should not be played indoors (hurleys, sliotars, footballs, etc. will be confiscated if used inappropriately).
  • Students are expected to follow the School Rules/Code of Behaviour between classes and are to be punctual if a change of classroom is required.
  • ‘Horseplay’ is strictly forbidden.
  • Please report any incidents to Year Head or teacher on duty.

BREAK TIMES

11.00 A.M.–11.15 A.M. / 13.15 P.M. – 14.00 P.M.

  • Students should vacate the school buildings at the start of each break and not return until the bell rings at the end of each break.
  • First Year/Sixth Year students will be allowed to remain in their classrooms during break times in inclement weather. The teacher(s) on duty and/or the Deputy Principal/Principal will supervise.
  • The ‘Big Hall’ (and other classrooms if necessary) will be open to other students in inclement weather. Supervised activities such as chess or table tennis may be available.
  • Students are not allowed in the computer room/video room/resource room/laboratories during break time and are to be supervised while in these rooms at all other times.

OUTDOOR SAFETY

  • Smoking in or around the school is prohibited, in compliance with Health and Safety in the Workplace regulations.
  • Throwing objects (stones/paper/planes/pens/horse chestnuts etc….) is not allowed.
  • Students must use the designated area of the pitch when playing hurling, football or soccer at break times.
  • Students are prohibited from climbing walls or trees or from entering the basement area of the school. In the case of a ‘lost’ football/sliothar contact the teacher(s) on duty or the Caretaker.
  • Use the footpath coming to and from school.
  • Students must observe the instructions of the supervising teacher(s) at all times.

STUDENT DRIVERS

Parking in the school grounds is prohibited. The school does not accept responsibility for damage to students’ cars parked near the school. Students who, with their parents’ written consent, drive to school must observe the rules of the road and drive extremely carefully in the vicinity of the school. Students who have reason to drive down town at lunch break must have written permission from their parents.

SPORTING ACTIVITIES

  • Games played at break time are to be supervised and helmets should be worn if playing hurling. Rugby tackling is not allowed, junior cycle students can play tag rugby under supervision during P.E. class. Full contact rugby is only played by experienced senior cycle players when supervised by a qualified rugby coach during school matches/official training.
  • Students attending/playing in school matches must follow the instructions of their teachers/trainers. In the event of an emergency the teacher/coach will contact the emergency services/parents and the Principal.
  • A first aid kit and a defibrillator are brought to all school matches.
  • Water is also supplied.
  • Students on school tours/trips must follow the instructions of their teachers/supervisors. In the event of an emergency the teacher/supervisor will contact the emergency services/parents and the Principal. A First Aid kit is made available on all trips/tours.

FIRE EVACUATION PROCEDURES

  • All staff and students are requested to familiarise themselves with school fire drill exit and assembly points. Information can be got from the school’s Safety Officer.
  • The assembly point signs are coloured green and white and are clearly labelled A-F. Each room has a notice indicating the relevant assembly point.
  • Remember—exit the room with your class group or from the staffroom/office/laboratory/toilet as quickly as possible.
  • The last person to exit the room should close the door.
  • Everyone should proceed to their assembly point without delay. Walk, do not run!
  • Subject teachers should take a roll call at the assembly point and report any missing students to the Safety Officer/Deputy Principal/Principal.
  • Do not re-enter the building until the all clear has been given.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

  • A defibrillator is located in the main office. Staff are trained in its basic use.
  • Limited medical help is available from the staffroom/Deputy Principal’s office/Principal’s office.
  • If a student is ill, the teacher should contact the Year Head/Deputy Principal/Principal or an available staff member to accompany the student to the office and to make arrangements with the student’s parents to collect him.
  • Parents are contacted by the Year Head/Deputy Principal/Principal in the event of an accident.
  • In the event of a medical emergency contact the emergency services immediate and report the incident to the teacher on duty and the Principal/Deputy Principal. The reporting teacher should complete an Accident Report form (available in main office).
  • In the case of minor accidents, contact the First Aid Officer. Students, with their parents’ consent, will be brought the school doctor, if necessary.
  • Staff do not administer any prescription medicines to students (designated personnel will intervene in the case of diabetic students who, on parent’s request, keep an emergency insulin supply in the school).

Let’s continue to keep Hamilton High School a safe environment for teaching and learning.

Think Health & Safety during the school day!