Monday 24 September 2018

Teachers asked to use 'snow days' to do mandatory online course

Waves crash against the shore at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photo: Collins
Waves crash against the shore at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photo: Collins
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Teachers and other school staff are being asked to use the “snow days” do a mandatory online child protection course, to avoid a need to close for another day next week for training.

March 11 is the deadline for completing the training and, while some schools will have done it, others may have chalked in a day’s closure for it this week, or next.

The training, for which two-half days is allowed, can be bundled into one day.

It is to update staff, in the country’s 4,000 primary and post primary schools, on new child protection procedures.

Birds in the snow. Photo credit: Dave Keegan Photography
Birds in the snow. Photo credit: Dave Keegan Photography
Dog shaking off the snow. Photo credit: Dave Keegan Photography
Monkstown Beach captured in the snow. Pic: Stephen O'Rourke
Daisey the dog [4] plays in the snow at St Mary's quadrangle at Maynooth University. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
People walk along a snow covered road in Maynooth. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
Jaspret Kaur at the Irish War Memorial Gardens. Pic: Jaspreet Kaur
Man and girl take shelter during a snow flurry in Maynooth. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
Five year old Jane Argue from Maynooth plays in the snow at St Mary's quadrangle at Maynooth University. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
A lady clears the footpath outside her shop in Maynooth. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
Dawn Byrne from Wexford photographs the snow at St Mary's quadrangle at Maynooth University. Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
Denis Hogan from Kildare County Council spreads some grit on the footpaths in Maynooth . Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
Sheep at Huntstown Co Dublin keeping an eye out for the ‘Beast from the East’ . Pic: Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
A raven finds the snow a little deeper than anticipated in Dunboyne. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath 28/2/18
A road sign that says it all as the ‘Beast from the East’ moves in. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
Geese enjoy the winter conditions at Shankill Castle and Gardens in Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Snow falls on rooftops in Kilkenny City. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Snow falls on Kilkenny Castle during blizzard conditions in Kilkenny City. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Snow falls on a hurling statue during blizzard conditions in Kilkenny City. Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Ducks on a frozen pond in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 28/2/2018
Pip enjoying the snow in Mullingar. Sent in by Sighle Fitzgerald
The military graveyard at the Curragh in Kildare. Pic sent in by Susan Coffey
28 Feb 2018: Dog enjoys the snow. Lanesborough Park, Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
28 Feb 2018: Tylor Buckley, 12, enjoys the snow in Lanesborough Park, Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
(L-R) Ethan Gray, Tom Eagers, 2, Olivia Gray, 7 and Caroline Gray, enjoying the snow in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Damien Eagers 28/2/2018
Allie and Ciall Flynn enjoying the snow and the day off school in Slane, Co Meath. Picture By David Conachy.
Enjoying the snow and the day off school in Slane, Co Meath. Picture By David Conachy.
Sisters Rhianna and Jodie Binns with their dog ‘Milo’ walking through the snow in Donabate. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
Fiachra O’Mahony and his dog “Millie’ out for a walk along the sea at Portrane North Co. Dublin. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
Maria Connor from Portrane out playing in the snow with her Springer Spaniel Cross dogs ‘Lucky’ and ‘Toffee’. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
Fiachra O’Mahony and his dog “Millie’ out for a walk along the sea at Portrane North Co.Dublin. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018.
Young boys having fun with a giant snowball in Donabate. Pic Steve Humphreys 28th February 2018
Ballyedmonduff, Dublin Mountains Photo: Lisa Doyle
Glendalough, Co Wicklow Photo: Cillian Ó Gairbhí
Trim Castle Photo: Conor O'Mahony
Drumcondra this morning Photo: Krishna
Greystones, Co Wicklow
Mullingar, Co Westmeath
Oscar enjoying his first experience of snow at the Community Park in Carrigaline Co. Cork Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger
Lucan, Dublin
Carlow
Wicklow
Snow Day....Lindsey O'Byrne and her Partner Shane Satelle with their Children Scott(7),Robyn(4) and Hallie (2) enjoying the snow in Tallaght Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Swans swim on the frozen Grand Canal in Sallins, Co. Kildare Picture: Tony Gavin 28/2/2018
Nutgrove, Dublin
Dagmara Jakkububowicz from Carrigaline walks her dog Bubu around the pond in the Community Park in Carrigaline Co. Cork Picture David Creedon / Anzenberger
Templemore, Co Tipperary
The Curragh
Glendalough, Co Wicklow Photo: Cillian Ó Gairbhí
Glendalough, Co Wicklow Photo: Cillian Ó Gairbhí
The Irish War Memorial Park Photo: Emma Fenlon (Dublin)
A man on his way to work walks through Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Phoenix Park, Dublin
Having fun in North Dublin as storm Emma hits Ireland Pic:Mark Condren
Dublin Airport
Commuters make their way in the snow in Lucan, Co. Dublin this morning Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Poolbeg
Commuters make their way in the snow in Lucan, Co. Dublin this morning Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools (ACCS) sent an email to its 96 members schools today asking that they consider affording staff the opportunity to do it during the current closure.

There are two separate courses, one from the family agency, Tusla, called the Children first eLearning Programme. 

The second course is in two-parts, and is offered by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST).

ACCS general secretary John Irwin said the closures "provide an ideal opportunity for staff to do the training and we are asking them to consider it."

He said once the online training is satisfactorily completed, online certification is issued.

The new procedures give school authorities and staff direction and guidance in relation to meeting new statutory obligations under the Children First Act, 2015 and in the continued implementation of the best practice guidance set out in Children First guidelines in 2017.

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