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2.3: Critical Incident Policy
 

Introduction:
In Sonna N.S. 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 philosophy statement.

The BoM through the Principal, the Staff and the Parents Association has drawn up a critical incident management plan.  They have established a Critical Incidents Management Team to steer the development and implementation of the plan.

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’.

Examples:

Critical Incidents Management Team:
Leadership Role: Daithi O Fiaich (Principal)
Communication Role: Antoinette Keena (Deputy Principal)
Chaplaincy Role: Fr. John Nally
Family Liaison Role: Daithi O Fiaich
Student Liaison Role: Antoinette Keena
B.O.M. Rep: ___________________
The first-named person has the responsibility as defined.
The second-named person assists and only assumes responsibility on the absence of the first-named.

Roles and Responsibilities
1. Leadership Role:
Intervention

Postvention

2. Communication Role:
Intervention

Postvention

3. Student Liaison/ Counselling Role:
Intervention

Postvention

4. Chaplaincy Role:
Intervention

Postvention

5. Family Liaison Role:
Intervention

Postvention

Action plan
SHORT-TERM ACTIONS (Day 1)

 

Media Briefing (if appropriate)

6. BOM

7. DES/Schools Inspector

MEDIUM-TERM ACTIONS (24-72 HOURS)

 

LONGER TERM ACTIONS

Monitor students for signs of continuing distress
If over a prolonged period of time, a student continues to display the following, he/she may need assistance from the Health Board. Constant communication with family is essential.

 Evaluate response to incident and amend Critical Incident Management Plan appropriately

 

Formalise the Critical Incident Plan for the future

 

Decide on appropriate ways to deal with anniversaries (Be sensitive to special days and events)

 

Drawn up by the Board of Management of Sonna N.S. on _______________

Review Date: September 2012

Organisational Plans

Acceptable Use Policy
Litter Control Policy
Administration of Medicine
Loss of Property
Annual School Reports
Parental Communication
Child Protection Policy
Parent Teacher Meetings
Code of Discipline
Policy on Bullying
Commercialism Policy
Principal Teacher
Complaints Procedure
Professional Development
Critical Incident Policy
Retention of Pupils
Custody + Separation Policy
Room Supervision
Dismissal Policy
Safety
Duties of Deputy Principal
School Attendance
Emergency Closure Policy
School Tours
Enrolment Policy
Smoke Free Work
Equal Opportunity
Sonna National School
Fire Drill Policy
Special Needs Policy
Handwriting
Sports Day
Healthy Eating Policy
Staff Meetings
Homework
Substance Use
Inclusion Policy
Telephone Policy
Internet Use Form
Testing Policy
Language Development