1.9:   Policy on Reception, Assembly and Dismissal of Pupils

Introductory Statement
This policy has been drafted to define the time schedule in which the school has a duty of care.

The formulation of a new policy was deemed necessary to conform to legislative requirement and provisions of Circular 11/95.


Relationship of School Ethos
The fostering of a safe, stimulation and structured learning environment is central to the mission statement of the school and this policy contributes significantly towards those ideals.

Roles and Responsibilities
All staff members from Principal down have an input into the co-ordination and implementation of the policy. Class teachers oversee the reception of pupils in the mornings and their supervised dismissal in the afternoons. Special Needs Assistants also participate in class reception and dismissal routines, particularly when a child in their specific care is in a mainstream placement.

The Assembly bell sound at 9.25a.m. approximately. The children congregate in their designated lines, which are clearly marked, outside the four class entrance doors. Children are admitted by their teachers at 9.30 a.m. and file into their classrooms in an orderly manner

The School Day
9.30 a.m.                     -           Reception
9.40 a.m.                     -           Formal Instruction Commences
11.00 a.m. - 11.10a.m.     -           Morning Break
12.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.    -           Lunch Break
3.10 p.m.                    -           Dismissal
Roll is called before 9.45 a.m.
Class contact time is 5 hours (including assembly and roll call)

Dismissal commences at 3.10 p.m. except in the case of infant classes whom the school day finishes at 2.10 p.m. Dismissal is carried out in a staggered manner – health and safety grounds. Parents collect children at the entrance to the school car park.

Rolls and Responsibilities
Parents assist the dismissal policy by;

It is the policy of the school not to allow infant children remain on the school premises until 3.10 p.m. to be with older siblings

Children conform to the policy by;

Teachers Contribute to the policy through;

Bus Drivers contribute to the policy by;

Success Criteria:


This policy has been in operation with Board approval since September 2009

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