Thursday, May 24, 2018

School Note May 24th

Dear parents, 

                      The sun shone brightly and everything went perfectly at First Holy Communion last Saturday in Ballybrown Church.   Thanks to all teachers and staff for their efforts and to Fr. Cussen, Fr Fitzgibbon and Monsignor Lane. Unfortunately, Ms Day was unable to attend due to illness but she was delighted to hear everything went so well. A special thanks to Mrs Rosaleen Donovan who stepped in at short notice as Choir Mistress and did a superb job. Over 90 children give up their Saturday morning to sing in the Choir. Thanks to each and every one of them.

                    Ballybrown NS will be a stopover for the Special Olympics Torch on Monday June 11th. This is a very special occasion for the school community.                  

            The school's Under 13 hurling and camogie teams made their own piece of history in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday. The boys retained the Olo Cup when they defeated neighbours St Nessan's by 2-7 to 1-5.  Ballybrown NS girls won the Under 13 B Camogie title, defeating An Mhodh Scoil.  All children who played were a credit to the school, their families and themselves. We are fortunate to have coaches such as Ms Hayes, Ms Keyes, Mr Lordan and Mr Barry to share their expertise and give so generously of their time. A special thanks to the supporters who attended.

               5th and 6th class students will hold a Bake Sale next Thursday 31st May to raise funds for Bóthar. Bóthar is an Irish charity that enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty. The children in 5th and 6th class recently had a visit from a representative of the charity to explain the excellent work that they do in poor countries around the world. Every child in the school will have an opportunity to visit the bake sale in the Halla next Thursday. All proceeds from the bake sale will go to Bóthar. 

             We are currently enjoying a spell of very fine weather.  Pupils may wear plain navy shorts to school if they wish. No denim, stripes or logos. Please ensure your child's name is on fleeces, cardigans etc.                                             

              Reminder: The school is in use as a polling station tomorrow Friday.  School is also closed from Monday June 4th to Friday June 8th.          

            Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.

        

Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Parents Association: Colours Day

               Parents Association: Colours Day All of us know somebody who has availed of the excellent services provided by Milford Hospice.  Sadly our own school community has lost two young mothers in recent years.  To honour their memory, the Parents Association would again like to run a Colours Day on Thursday 24th May.  If everyone (pupils & staff) can wear something purple  (a sock, Hair clip, Tshirt etc,) that would be great but the suggested donation of €2 is what really matters and last year we were delighted to present Milford Hospice with €300.  Monies collected are divided equally between the Hospice and the Parents Association. Thank you all for your continued support.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Hurling and Camogie Finals tomorrow

Ballybrown NS play in the City Cumann na mBunscol Under 13 hurling and camogie finals in the Gaelic Grounds tomorrow Tuesday   May 22nd. This is a great achievement for the players and their teachers who have prepared them for the GAA season.  Throw-in is at 1.55 p.m. for the camogie final. The Olo Cup hurling final is timed to start at 3 p.m. All players will go to the game on the team bus. However, players will not be back in school in time for the usual school bus at 3 p.m. McElligott's  have a smaller bus available for the return journey. Children are free to go home with their parents provided they inform the teachers in charge of the team.  €3 per child towards the cost of the bus.

 


Thursday, May 17, 2018

School note May 17th

Dear parents, 

                      Preparations are almost complete for First Holy Communion which takes place on Saturday in Ballybrown Church at 11 a.m.  The Art work on display is a credit to all the boys and girls who have worked so hard for this special day. Thanks to all teachers and staff for their efforts and to Fr. Cussen who takes a great interest in the school.

                       The school received great news this week when Ms Gibbons was informed that Ballybrown NS will be a stopover for the Special Olympics Torch on Monday June 11th. This is a very special occasion for the school community.                  

            The school's Under 13 hurling and camogie teams have qualified for the semi finals of the Limerick City Cumann na mBunscol leagues. The camogie semi-final takes place today at 12.30 p.m. while the hurling semi final goes ahead at 1.30 p.m.  Both games in Old Christians GAA club.

                     Best wishes to Emer Conroy, Rang a Sé,  who will line out for Limerick in the Primary Game camogie match  played at half-time of the Limerick v Tipperary game in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday            

            Ms Gibbons' Fifth class are participating in research by Mary Immaculate College into a new framework for teaching Physical Education at primary level. Yesterday, Ms Chloe Beattie visited the school. She was very impressed with the skills, fitness and team ethic of the children.

               Parents Association: Colours Day All of us know somebody who has availed of the excellent services provided by Milford Hospice.  Sadly our own school community has lost two young mothers in recent years.  To honour their memory, the Parents Association would again like to run a Colours Day on Thursday 24th May.  If everyone (pupils & staff) can wear something purple  (a sock, Hair clip, Tshirt etc,) that would be great but the suggested donation of €2 is what really matters and last year we were delighted to present Milford Hospice with €300.  Monies collected are divided equally between the Hospice and the Parents Association. Thank you all for your continued support.

                     Spring Clean: The Green Schools Committee coordinated a Spring Clean in the school and its environs today as part of the An Taisce Spring Clean.

                         Reminder: School will close at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday May 24th to allow teachers take part in Inservice on Child Protection. The school is being used as a polling station on Friday May 25th.           

            Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.        

Gach dea-ghuí, 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 


Thursday, May 10, 2018

School note May 10th

 

10-5-2018

Dear parents,

                        There are a little over 30 days remaining in this school year. Teachers are continuing with the programme of work set out for the year. It is vital that children carry on working diligently until the end of term. Please continue to monitor your child's homework and sign homework journals.

                Attendance: In the event of any pupil reaching a total of 20 days absence from school in a school year, the school is required by law to make a report to Tusla,  the National Education Welfare Board. Parents are advised to be aware of this and to be mindful of their child's attendance record. It is school policy to contact parents after a child has reached a total of 15 days absence so that parents are  conscious of their child's attendance record.  

              Parking: Please use the Resource Centre Car park or the Church grounds. Please do not park near the school gate. Children will have to walk in front of traffic if you do this. Safety is the top priority.    Please advise minders and others who collect children of this. 

           This week, Matt from Munster Rugby visited the school to teach the skills of Tag Rugby to the children in Third and Fourth classes.

           Best wishes to the school's Under 13 hurling team who play Kildimo NS in the semi final of the Olo Cup on Monday 14th in Old Christians GAA club.  The under 13 camogie team play Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh in Old Christians   on Thursday 17th May.                                                                                                                                  

          The Parents Association are still looking for volunteers from First Class to help with refreshments after the First Holy Communion on May 19th. Please text Susan MacNamara on 087 2257625 if you are available.

        Junior Entrepreneur: Mr Barry's class would like to thank Shirley Coughlan and Yvonne Deegan for visiting school last week to work with Sixth class as part of the Junior Entrepreneur programme.

         School Tours: All classes are on school tour on Thursday June 21st. All monies to be paid to your child's teacher by Thursday May 24th in order to confirm numbers. 

           Reminder: School will close at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday May 24th to allow teachers take part in Inservice on Child Protection. The school is being used as a polling station on Friday May 25th.              

                  Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news. 

           

Gach dea- ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, May 3, 2018

School note May 3rd


 

3-5-2018

Dear parents,

                   I wish to bring the following to your attention.                   

                 First Holy Communion:  Preparations are well underway for First Holy Communion.  The choir will be practising on a daily basis. It is vital that all children in the choir turn up on the day. First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday May 19th at 11 a.m.  In order to alleviate overcrowding, the ceremony is streamed to the Resource Centre. 

             All classes will be on school tour on Thursday June 21st. Many children have already paid for their school tour. If your child is not going on tour, please let the school know as we need to confirm numbers as soon as possible.

              Well done to Paul O Neill, Peter Kiely and Barry Toomey, all members of the Limerick City hurling squad who played in the Mackey Cup in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday. City were narrowly defeated in the final after extra time.  Best of luck to Emer Conroy and Sarah O Sullivan who line out for the City in the Neville Cup camogie competition.  

           Parents Association:   There was a good turnout at the Parents Association Meeting last Tuesday where the following topics were discussed - 
1. Feedback on Ger Brick workshop (School & Parents ) 2. Building works update (Ms. Hayes)   3. Policy when children are sick or injured at school  4.  Kidisco - end of term    5. Colours day for Milford Hospice  6. Update from School (Ms Hayes) 7. Reaction to proposals re all weather area around pitch/extendable roof from last meeting  8. Resignation of Chair & Secretary. 9. AOB (including BusyBodies programme and Communion)

The Parents Association are also looking for volunteers from First Class to provide refreshments after the First Holy Communion on May 19th.  If those who have already volunteered can please reconfirm with Lorraine 087/3139005.

Fantastic result from the last Recycling Day, thank you to everyone.

             Reminder:  School will be in use as a polling station on Friday May 25th. School will end for all pupils at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday May 24th as teachers will be attending Inservice on Child Protection.

 

Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES:

Our Sports Evening is on this Friday 4th May in the Ballybrown Community Field.

Registrations will take place on the evening from 5.30pm with events to start at 6.00 pm sharp. We will have sprint events, middle distance events and field events.

The cost is €4.00 per child of €10.00 per family. This is always a great evening so we would like to see as many of you as possible come along and take part. 

Please check out our Facebook page for further details.

https://www.facebook.com/ballybrownclarinacommunitygames/

 


Thursday, April 26, 2018

School Note April 26th

26-4-2018

Dear parents,

                     It has been a busy week on the playing fields. Ballybrown NS defeated Milford NS in the Olo Cup on Tuesday while the school's under 13 camogie team lost to neighbours Patrickswell NS by a single point yesterday. Today, the school team is playing in the county final of the Spar/FAI Soccer blitz while 16 girls from Third and Fourth classes are heading to Adare to play in a Girls Football, fun, non-competitive blitz. Ewan Gee of Munster Rugby started Tag Rugby with Third and Fourth classes on Tuesday.              

                 Today is Poetry Day in Ireland and each class in the school has chosen a poem for the occasion. Some classes have even composed poems and are compiling an anthology while guest readers are visiting classes to read their favourite poem.

                Family Mass Reminder :  There will be a Family Mass in Ballybrown Church on Sunday 29th of April at 10a.m. All welcome.  For more information, please contact Julianne McCormack @ 087-9478123.

              Parents Association: The Ballybrown NS Parents' Association is holding its next meeting on Tuesday the 1st May at 8 pm.  They would be grateful if as many parents as possible could attend, in particular parents who are new to the school. Those who are nominated as Class Reps are reminded to attend.  All welcome.

                Internet Safety Workshop : Ger Brick attended the school on Monday to provide Internet Safety/Cyberbullying Workshops to 4th-6th class and also to parents that evening. This was very well attended and there was very positive feedback from the day/night. Ger has kindly shared his presentation for all parents to view - details will be found on the school website.  Please contact the school to receive the password and username if you wish to access the presentation. Please ensure that the information is used for your own personal use and the information contained is not to be distributed or published to social media.

            As the weather improves, the Lost Property section swells with jumpers, jackets, fleeces etc. Please ensure your child's name is on all items of school uniform. Children may wear navy shorts. No denims! No logos.

          Communication:  Check your child's homework journal for notes from the class teacher.  Please check the school website www.ballybrownns.ie or follow us on Twitter @Ballybrown NS to keep yourself informed on school news.

            

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal

 



     

 


Thursday, April 19, 2018

School note April 19th 2018

19-4-2018

Dear parents,

                     Last week, all classes received details of school tours. All classes go on tour on Thursday June 21st. You received the details in advance so that families can budget, especially families with more than one child in school. I am conscious of the demands parents face all through the school year.

                     First Holy Communion is just a month away. It takes place on Saturday May 19th at 11 a.m. in Ballybrown Church.

                    School will be closed on Friday May 25th as it is in use as a polling station for the Referendum on that day.

                       Today, we enjoyed the first reading of our School Story for 2018. All classes contributed to this story during Book Week. Ask your child about it!

                      Ballybrown NS represented Limerick City in the county final of the INTO Mini Sevens hurling competition in Mick Neville Park, yesterday. Ballybrown NS defeated South champions Scoil Dean Cussen and West champions Mahoonagh NS but lost to Doon CBS in the last game. Our team did us proud. Thanks to Mr Lordan for training the team.

                   The Parents Association has organised a guest speaker to attend the school. This will take place on next Monday 23rd April. Our guest speaker Ger Brick will be delivering a 90 minute Anti-Cyberbullying/Internet Safety Workshop to pupils of 4th class to 6th class during school hours. A letter of parental consent has already been distributed to the relevant parents. He will also provide a Parent Information Evening at 7 pm that evening in the School Halla. Parents of ALL  pupils in the school are invited to attend. The talk incorporates video, guidelines, practical demonstrations and discussion, providing parents with practical non-technical information and guidance for keeping their children and families safe online. Light refreshments will be served also.

Family Mass:

There will be a Family Mass in Ballybrown Church on Sunday 29th of April at 10a.m. We will have a practice for this Mass on Wednesday 25th April in the Church from 5.50-7.00pm. All welcome.  For more information, please contact Julianne McCormack @ 087-9478123.

 

Gach dea- ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

BALLYBROWN/CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES:

Rounders

Training is starting back again for our rounders team, tonight 19th April at 6.00 pm in Breska soccer field. All are welcome to attend and full training will be provided. We have had great success in rounders down through the year and kids have had great enjoyment playing rounders so bring them along and let them try it out.

Sports Evening: A provisional date of Friday 4th May has been set for the Ballybrown/Clarina sports evening. Venue to be confirmed at a later date.

Registrations will take place on the evening from 5.30pm with events to start at 6.00 pm sharp.

There will be events for all on the night. The cost is €4.00 per child. This is always a great evening so we would like to see as many of you as possible come along and take part.

Please check out our Facebook page for further details. https://www.facebook.com/ballybrownclarinacommunitygames/

 

 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

School note April 12th 2018


12-4-2018

Dear parents,

                   The final term of the school year is upon us. It has been very busy since we returned to school.

                    Yesterday, Mrs Ivess and Ms Gibbons accompanied a team of girls to play in a Gaelic Football Blitz in Mary I where they were coached by PE students. It was a most enjoyable day.

                  Our under 13 camogie team played St Nessan's in the first game of the Cumann na mBunscol leagues. On Tuesday, our Under 13 boys team travelled to St Nessan's NS. Unfortunately, both games ended in defeat  ach beidh lá eile againn.

                  The school's Under 13 soccer team has qualified for the county final stage of the Spar/FAI Soccer tournament. Thanks especially to Kevin Conway and Mr Keoghan for looking after the team.

                    Yesterday, Stephen, an Athletics coach with Limerick Sports Partnership, visited the school to provide running classes for First and Second classes. Ballybrown NS places a great emphasis in encouraging children to try as many sports as possible and to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

                      Tomorrow, engineer Scott Zieglinski presents a STEM  workshop for all children in classes from First to Sixth.

                    Best wishes to Seánna O Connor Kelly who represents the school in the county final stage of the Eason's Spelling Bee today.

                    Congratulations to Gerry Moroney who was crowned Table Topper champion for 2018 on the day we closed for Easter holidays.

                     I have noticed a certain laxity in school uniforms since we returned to school. Navy track bottoms are recommended. No stripes or logos, please.

                 The Parents Association have organised a guest speaker to attend the school. This will take place on Monday 23rd April. Our guest speaker Ger Brick will be delivering a 90 minute Anti-Cyberbullying/Internet Safety Workshop to pupils of 4th class to 6th class during school hours. A letter of parental consent will be sent home with the pupils early next week.

He will also provide a Parent Information Evening at 7.00pm that evening in the School Halla. Parents of ALL  pupils in the school are invited to attend. The talk incorporates video, guidelines, practical demonstrations and discussion, providing parents with practical non-technical information and guidance for keeping their children and families safe online. Light refreshments will be served also.

Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal

 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

School note March 22nd

22-3-2018

 

Dear parents,

                     Yesterday, 52 boys and girls received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Brendan Leahy in St. Joseph's Church here in Ballybrown. Events such as Confirmation are a team effort and  I am extremely grateful to all involved, especially the class teachers, Mr. Barry and Ms Gibbons, and all  teachers  and staff who have been helpful in every way.  Ms. Day has done superb work with the Choir. Thanks to Fr Cussen and all involved with our local parish who are so cooperative.  I am grateful once again to the school's Parents Association who provided refreshments. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

                       Fintan O'Sullivan has been in touch to express his appreciation to the school for allowing him to use a school Colours Day for fundraising for his India Immersion Project. The total amount collected was €608.22 euro. The funds go directly to the children and various projects in India that he will be visiting. Fintan visited all classes in the school and spoke to them about the purpose of his visit.

                      Spelling Bee: Congratulations to Seánna O Connor Kelly who is our school Spelling Bee Champion  for 2018. Seánna will represent the school in the county final after Easter. Go néirí leat, Seánna.

                       Our sympathies to Deputy Principal Ms Hayes on the death of her mother. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.

                       Mrs Hanly returns to school on April 9th  after maternity leave. Mr Donagh McCarthy has been with us since last September. He leaves the school tomorrow. We are very sorry to see him go. He has been a great asset to the school.

                       Easter Holidays: School will close at 12.30 p.m. tomorrow for Easter and will reopen on Monday April 9th.                       

                     Tomorrow Friday March 23rd is  Daffodil Day. Daffodils will be on sale in Hayes Shop in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Fresh daffodils may be left at the school before 9.15 a.m. on that day.

              Ballybrown/Clarina Community Resource Centre are holding their Spring Fair and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th March. Children's Spring Art Competition prizes will be awarded. Doors open at 10.45a.m. Your support would be appreciated.

Ballybrown GAA: . Our U6s will start back hurling training on the pitch in BALLYBROWN on FRIDAY30th March @5.45pm. All players MUST be registered before playing and we can accept annual registrations on the night. Please remember to bring hurley/helmet/shinguards. All new players welcome.
We will also be holding an Easter Hurling camp for 3 days, 4th/5th & 6th April in Ballybrown 10.30am to 1.30pm, cost €30 for first child, €20 for second and €10 per child thereafter. Registration at 10am on the 4th April. ALL players must be registered before playing.

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

 

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 


Thursday, March 15, 2018

School note March 15th 2018


15-3-2018

Dear parents,

                    Dr Richard Egan, National Educational Psychological Service visited school on Monday afternoon  to speak to teachers  about dyslexia  and difficulties in literacy. It was a very worthwhile event.

                  On Tuesday, teams from Ballybrown NS took part in the INTO Mini Sevens blitzes in Old Christians GAA  club. The boys won the City hurling title and now advance to the county finals in Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale on April 18th. The camogie team played very well and are looking forward to the season ahead.

                  Lá Glas againn ar scoil inniu. Children are allowed to wear green and requested to assist a former pupil.  Fintan O Sullivan, who was a pupil in the school, is travelling to India with classmates from Ard Scoil Rís to work as a volunteer in an orphanage.  Fintan spoke to classes and showed a DVD about the orphanage in Kolkata.

                     The Board of Management recently completed its Child Safeguarding Statement which replaces the Child Protection policy previously required.  The Statement is on the school website.                   

                The children in Fifth and Sixth classes will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Leahy on Wednesday March 21st at 1 p.m. in Ballybrown Church.  A huge amount of preparation has gone into this very special occasion.

             Friday March 23rd is  Daffodil Day. Daffodils will be on sale in Hayes Shop in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Fresh daffodils may be left at school before 9.15 a.m. on that day.

          School will be closed tomorrow March 16th. Teachers are required to attend Inservice on Language Curriculum. Monday March 19th is a Public Holiday and school will be closed on that day. School closes for Easter on Friday March 23rd at 12.30 p.m.

           Parents Association: "A huge thank you to all parents who did a clear out last week - we had a tremendous response to Recycling Day.  Final figures to be confirmed.  A date for your diaries - April 23rd -  Anti- Cyber Bullying/Stay Safe on the Internet Workshop for Senior Students and evening talk for ALL Parents in the school.  More info after Easter." 

 

Gach dea-ghuí,

J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

School note March 8th

8-3-2018

Dear parents,

                   Reminder:  All teachers are required to attend Inservice Training on the proposed new Primary Language  Friday March 16th. Consequently, school will be closed for pupils on that day. 

                   Confirmation: Confirmation is less than two weeks away. Preparations are in full swing. Tonight, all  children in Confirmation classes, and their parents, are invited to attend a talk by Sr. Patricia Coughlan in Ballybrown Church at 7 p.m.

                     Today, all children from Junior infants to Second Class enjoyed a Lego workshop with Learn It.  This was paid for by the Parents Association. It is part of the school's commitment to STEM activities. Last week, all children in Fifth and Sixth class took part in Robotics. We are fortunate that Mr Seamus Barry, Sixth Class teacher, is a trained Robotics instructor.

                      Poet Paul McNamara visited Fifth and Sixth classes today and conducted poetry workshops in each class. This was part of our programme for Book Week which fell victim to the snows of last week.

                    On the sporting front, the girls reached the City final of the Indoor camogie tournament. The school also took part in the City Indoor hurling tournament, reaching the semi final stage. Yesterday, our Under 13 hurling team played Lisnagry NS in a challenge match.

                   Junior Achievement: A big Thank You to Rob Geary, who has visited Ms Neville's class over the last two weeks as part of the Junior Achievement programme. The children really enjoyed his visit and learned so much, proving it's never too young to start! Rob will be back next week to deliver the final lesson.

 

Parents Association:  A clothes Recycling Day will take place tomorrow Friday March 9th. All families have received bags in school. Please have your bags of unwanted clothes, handbags, paired shoes etc at the school by 9.15 a.m.  on that morning. Thank you for continued support for this worthwhile fundraising event.

 

Website: All information relating to the school, school calendar, booklists, etc  is on the website www.ballybrownns.ie . Check in on  Twitter @BallybrownNS to keep yourself informed on school news.    

 Gach dea-ghuí,


J. Lyons

Principal

 

 

Mindfulness For Parents: Workshop. Starting Wed 28th of March 10 a.m. – 12 (5 week programme)    For more info contact: Therese O Connell 0877531979.

 

 

 

 


Sunday, March 4, 2018

School reopening tomorrow

Ballybrown NS will reopen tomorrow Monday March 5th at 9.15 a.m.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fwd: Bus Éireann Status Red Weather Warning Policy




From: "BE Schools Online" <BESchoolsOnline@buseireann.ie>
To: "ballybrownns ias" <ballybrownns.ias@eircom.net>
Sent: Tuesday, 27 February, 2018 17:09:10
Subject: Bus Éireann Status Red Weather Warning Policy

STATUS RED WEATHER WARNINGS –

SERVICES PROVIDED BY BUS ÉIREANN UNDER THE SCHOOL TRANSPORT SCHEMES BY BUS ÉIREANN SCHOOL BUSES AND CONTRACTORS

 

In developing this policy, account was taken of the 'Be Winter Ready' booklet produced by the Office of Emergency Planning and developed in association with other organisations including the Department of Education & Skills, the RSA, An Garda Siochána, the Health & Safety Authority, and Met Éireann.

 

The weather can be very dangerous during winter and on occasion exceptionally intense meteorological phenomena have been forecast by Met Éireann.  In these circumstances major damage and accidents are considered likely, with a possible threat to life and limb, over a wide area. 

 

When a Status Red Weather Warning is announced it is important that everyone stays informed about expected meteorological conditions and risks, and follows instructions and any advice given by the authorities. 

 

Weather warnings are intended to protect the lives and livelihoods of all of the nation's citizens.  A Status Red Weather Warning is the most severe weather warning and implores all citizens to take appropriate action in order to protect themselves from the anticipated conditions. 

 

Met Éireann recommends that in the event of a Status Red Weather Warning families "take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions".  

 

Following this advice means children should not be exposed to such weather conditions to travel to or from school.

 

Any decision to cancel school transport services due to severe weather conditions is taken in the interest of child safety, having assessed risks to the safe operation of services and the safety of children carried.  The decision must and will be consistent with the spirit and intention of a Status Red Weather Warning. 

 

On the rare occasion that Met Éireann declares a Status Red Weather Warning, the following operating policy will apply:  

 

Status Red Weather Warning on a National Scale:

 

All services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes will be cancelled in the affected area if a Status Red warning is announced for all or part of a given day*. 

 

Operating decisions as to whether a service should operate or not when a Status Red Weather Warning is announced cannot be left open to local interpretation because this could mean the approach being taken would not be universal.  This would lead to confusion for parents/guardians, and could thereby increase risk to child safety.

 

Similarly, the nature of the anticipated severe weather, whether it is a wind or ice or rain event for example, cannot have a bearing because this too runs the risk of a less than consistent approach being adopted locally, with potentially grave implications.   

 

The policy adopted in respect of services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes in the event of a Status Red Weather Warning must be universally applied and easily understood by the general public and school authorities alike – 'Status Red Warning for your area Means NO Bus Éireann School Transport Service' is automatically understood by all.

 

All schools served in the affected area will be notified accordingly.

 

This approach will apply irrespective of whether individual schools decide to open or not – the set of conditions that influence the decision to operate a school transport service may be different from those that govern the decision to open a school building.

 

In general school bus services will not be available to bring children into school for a delayed class commencement later than normal class time (i.e. 11am start).

 

*In the event that a Status Red warning in place in the morning is downgraded at or before noon, services – which do not operate in the morning - will operate as normal at school closing time.

 

If the Status Red warning is not downgraded until afternoon or later in the evening we will endeavour, where possible, and with the assistance of emergency services if necessary, to bring children home.  In these circumstances Bus Éireann will keep schools and media informed of school transport service developments.

 

 

Status Red Weather Warning on a Regional or Local Basis:

 

All services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes in the affected area only will be cancelled if a Status Red warning is announced for all or part of a given day*.

 

This approach will be implemented irrespective of whether individual schools decide to open or not – the approach will be universal within the affected area.

 

Where the weather warning identifies a county affected all services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes that operate in or serve schools in the affected county will be automatically cancelled.

 

This will include school transport services that may operate predominantly in a neighbouring unaffected county i.e. if the school is located in a county subject to a Status Red Weather Warning the service will not operate regardless of where it comes from.  Equally, if a school transport service starts in a county subject to a Status Red Weather Warning but ends in an unaffected county the service will also be cancelled. 

 

In the event that the Met Éireann warning is vague in terms of the affected area (i.e. North Leinster, or parts of a county), the local School Transport Office/School Transport Inspector will make the determination on the services to be cancelled locally.

 

In these circumstances:

 

Services will be cancelled on a per school basis – either all or no services to a given school will operate.

 

The decision will be an operational matter at the sole discretion of Bus Éireann.

 

All affected schools will be notified accordingly.

 

In general school bus services will not be available to bring children into school for a delayed class commencement later than normal class time (i.e. 11am start).

 

*In the event that a Status Red warning in place in the morning is downgraded at or before noon, services – which do not operate in the morning - will operate as normal at school closing time.

 

If the Status Red warning is not downgraded until afternoon or later in the evening we will endeavour, where possible, and with the assistance of emergency services if necessary, to bring children home.  In line with advice outlined in the 'Be Winter Ready' booklet, parents are advised to keep in touch with local schools during incidents of severe weather and as conditions improve may decide to undertake the journey to the school to collect children, a decision which can be made in conjunction with the school authorities and subject to the prevailing weather conditions.  In these circumstances Bus Éireann will keep schools and media informed of school transport service developments.

 

In the event a Status Red Weather Warning is imposed at short notice during class time:

 

In circumstances where a Status Red Weather Warning related to wind is issued when class is already underway with students and staff present, and a decision is made on health and safety grounds for students to remain on the school premises, the 'Be Winter Ready' booklet outlines that schools are required to plan to accommodate students and staff within the school while awaiting an improvement in the weather.

 

In the event that a Status Red warning in place in the morning is downgraded at or before noon, services will operate as normal at school closing time.

 

If the Status Red warning is not downgraded until afternoon or later in the evening we will endeavour, where possible, and with the assistance of emergency services if necessary, to bring children home.

 

Communicating this Policy:

 

This policy is being outlined in advance so that school authorities and parents are aware of the implications of a Status Red Weather Warning for services provided by Bus Éireann under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes. 

 

A Status Red weather warning automatically means all school transport services in the affected area are cancelled while the warning is in effect.  Weather warnings are carried on all national and local news bulletins. 

 

In line with advice outlined in the 'Be Winter Ready' booklet, schools are encouraged to advise parents/guardians of exceptional measures using their group text messaging facilities as and when the situation arises.

 

BÉ Press Office will inform national and local media, update BÉ website, and coordinate with the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning as necessary.



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