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