Critical Incident Policy
In St John the Baptist National School we aim to protect the well being of our pupils and staff by providing a safe, tolerant and well catered for environment as outlined in our school Vision Statement.
The Board of Management through the Principal, the Staff and the Parent/Teacher Association has drawn up a critical Incidents Management Team to steer the development and implementation of the plan.
Recognising that the key to managing critical incidents is planning, St John the Baptist NS has developed this Critical Incident Policy and accompanying plan. Our hope is that, in the event of an incident, this will help the staff to react quickly and effectively and to maintain a sense of control. This should also help us to achieve a return to normality as soon as possible and ensure that the effects on the children and staff will be limited.
What is a Critical Incident?
‘A critical incident is any incident or sequence of events which overwhelms the normal coping mechanism of the school and disrupts the running of the school’.
- Death, major illness/outbreak of disease (Foot & Mouth)
- Criminal incidents (e.g. Dunblane shooting, Shooting at first communion in Ballymun.)
- Major accidents, serious injury (e.g. ‘Navan bus crash’)
- Civil unrest, war (foreign nationals may be traumatised by events that happened in their country of origin)
- Fire, natural and technological disaster (e.g. school ceiling collapsing in Cork)
- Disappearance of student from home or school (e.g. Midleton incident in Cork)
- Unauthorised removal of student from school or home.
- World events that may affect the student body and/or staff. May be a need for provision of discussion and involvement in ceremonies e.g. 9/11, tsunami.
- Major classroom disruption eg child out of control.
We have put systems in place to lessen the probability of the occurrence of an incident. These include measure to address both the physical and psychological safety of both staff and students.
- Regular Fire Drills occur.
- Fire exits and extinguishers are regularly checked.School doors locked during class time.
- Playground Supervision
- Health and safety Policy
- SPHE programmes are included in the curriculum to address issues such as grief and loss, communication skills, stress and anger management, conflict management, problem solving, help-seeking, decision making, and alcohol and drug prevention.
- Our Discipline Policy includes an approach to bullying.
- Staff are informed of difficulties affecting individual students and are aware and vigilant to their needs.
- The school has developed links with outside agencies, which may be contacted in the event of an emergency and for onward referral of students.
- RSE programme.
- Garda Vetting Process.
Critical Incident Management Team:
Team Leader: Principal
Staff Liaison: Deputy Principal
Children Liaison: Resource teacher/BOM designate
Family/Community Liaison: Parish Rector
Media Liaison: Principal
Roles and Responsibilities:
Short term action (Day 1)
|Gather accurate information||CIM team|
|Immediate contact with family/families||Family/Community liaison|
|Consult with the family regarding the appropriate support from the school||Family/ Community liaison|
|Contact appropriate agencies||Team leader|
|Convene a meeting with staff/students/parents||Staff liaison|
|Ensure that a quiet place can be made in the school for children/staff||Team leader|
|Deal with media||Media liaison|
|Review events of the first 24 hours||CIM team/staff|
|Arrange supports for children/staff||Staff liaison|
|Plan visit to injured/ bereaved||Family/community liaison|
|Liaise with family re funeral arrangements||Family/ community liaison|
|Attendance/ participation at funeral||Family/community liaison/ Staff|
|Deal with media||Media liaison|
Beyond 72 hours
|Evaluate response to incident||CIM team|
|Inform new staff||Team leader|
|Amend/formalise Critical Incident Policy for the future||BOM|
|Decide on appropriate ways to deal with anniversaries||CIM team|
Emergency Contact List
|Outside Agency||Contact Numbers|
|LOCAL GPS||Dr Doran 4883176|
|PARISH PRIEST / CLERGY||Dean Green 087-2620054|
Useful Contact Numbers
Ratified by the Board of Management Nov 2018