Glenahulla National School

 SCHOOL ACCIDENT/INJURY POLICY

Reviewed & Ratified by the B.O.M. of Glenahulla N.S.

February 2018

 

Introduction:

This policy was originally drafted in January 2014 and is in line with Health & Safety legislation. This policy applies to all users of the school premises and all school related activities.  A separate contract has been devised covering external agencies using the school premises outside of school hours.

 

Rationale:

The formulation of this policy enables our school to effectively;

 

  • Provide for the immediate needs and requirements of students who have sustained either a serious or a minor injury
  • Ensure that adequate resources and arrangements are in place to deal with injuries/accidents as they arise
  • Ensure lines of communication with parents/guardians are in place if required
  • Activate a known plan of action with which all staff are familiar

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

The overall responsibility for the day to day management of school supervision /routines rests with the Principal, Kieran Scanlon.  The class teacher is responsible for classroom supervision and teachers on yard duty are directly responsible for the supervision of pupils at break time.  The schools’ Health and Safety Officer is Willie Ryan. The Fire Drill coordinator is Miss O’ Keeffe.

 

School Ethos:

This policy re-enforces the elements of the school mission statement which advocates providing a safe and secure learning environment for each child and ensuring a duty of care at all times when the school is in operation.

 

Aims/Objectives:

 

  • To ensure the physical safety and well being of all staff and pupils
  • To develop a framework of procedures whereby all injuries are dealt with in a competent and safe manner
  • To provide training for staff with the effective use of outside expertise so that children have access to proper interventions
  • To comply with all legislation relating to safety and welfare at work
  • Procedures:

Safety of pupils and staff is a priority for the Board of Management, and robust measures have been put in place to ensure no children or staffs are put at risk;

 

  • A comprehensive school Safety Statement was prepared by the school community whereby all hazards were identified and remedial measures were outlined if required.
  • The school is insured by Allianz and a Pupils Personal Accident Insurance Policy is in place for pupils.
  • The provision of specialist first aid training for staff has been identified as a priority by Board of Management
  • Each classroom teacher regularly instructs his/her class on issues relating to safety in the class/yard. Dangerous practices such as climbing walls, throwing stones, running  too fast, engaging in “horseplay”, fighting etc. are subject to sanctions (see School Anti-Bullying and Discipline Policies)
  • Certain procedures are in place in the event of accidents
  • There is at least one teacher and two other adults on yard duty at any one time

 

 

Minor Accident/Injury

 

The injured party is initially looked after by the teacher on yard duty.  If deemed necessary, the child will be taken to the ‘First Aid Station’ which is located outside the staff room.  No medicines are administered, except in the case of burns. Cuts are cleaned with anti septic wipes and bandages/plasters applied if deemed appropriate.  The use of plastic gloves is advised at all times.  Parents are notified as a matter of protocol. An “Accident and Injury Notification” form is sent home whenever a pupil receives First Aid. Phone calls will be made where the teacher deems necessary. In cases where First Aid is used, the accident is recorded in the First Aid Folder.

 

More Serious Accidents/Injuries

 

If considered safe to do so, the injured party is taken to the First Aid Station.  Parents/guardians are immediately informed, particularly if there is a suspicion of broken bones/head or eye injuries.  The child is kept under observation until parents /guardians arrive, with the emphasis on making the child as comfortable and as settled as possible. The accident is recorded in the Accident Folder.

 

Very Serious Injuries

 

In the event of a very serious injury, parents/guardians are immediately contacted.  If the considered opinion of the staff is that immediate professional help is required, an ambulance is called.  On rare occasions the staff may agree that taking the child to Accident & Emergency in a private car is a more prudent option particularly in the case of rapid blood loss.  Parents are kept informed of developing situations.

 

 

 

 

Categories of Injury/School Procedures

 

Minor Cuts and Bruises

Method:

In all cases of injury it is understood that there is at least one teacher on yard duty.

 

  • Clean around cuts using antiseptic wipe/cloth, cleaning from the centre outwards
  • The use of plastic gloves is advised at all times to reduce risk of spread of infection.
  • A check is carried out to locate small bodies which may be embedded in the wound
  • A plaster is placed on the wound
  • Teacher observation is maintained
  • Children are advised to show/tell parents
  • For Hurling, helmets must be worn
  • For Gaelic Football, a mouthguard must be worn

 

Sprains/Bruises

Method:

 

  • In the event of a sprain/bruise, the process of rest, ice, compress and elevate is implemented
  • If in doubt, parent/s are contacted
  • Teacher observation is maintained

 

Faints and Shocks

 

  • Lie the casualty down
  • Raise the legs above the level of the heart
  • Loosen any tight clothing
  • Ensure there is fresh air
  • Keep crowds away
  • Reassure casualty when they recover
  • Contact parents
  • The event is subsequently recorded in the Accident Folder

 

Severe Bleeding

 

  • Act instantly – Go, Go, Go!
  • Set or lie the injured party down
  • Press down on wound using gloves
  • Lift (if possible) the injured part above the level of the heart
  • Put a clean dressing over the wound and secure it firmly with a bandage
  • If blood shows through the dressing then place another one over the first and bandage firmly
  • Treat for shock
  • GET HELP!
  • Contact parents
  • If very serious contact casualty immediately
  • Record in the Accident Folder

 

Burns/Scalds

 

  • Immediately remove child from danger area
  • Cool burnt area with cold running water
  • Remove rings etc. and other tight fitting accessories
  • Do not remove objects stuck to skin
  • In the event of a minor burn use a special burn spray

 

Unconsciousness

 

  • Ring for medical help
  • Place child in recovery position
  • Ring for parents
  • Check for broken bones, neck or back injury
  • If subject is not breathing, artificial respiration is applied
  • Other children are kept away

 

Stings/Bites

 

  • Vinegar is used for wasp stings
  • Bread soda is used for bee stings
  • If case is serious, parent/s are contacted

 

The First Aid Policy is based on collective teacher input.  The teacher on yard duty is automatically assisted by others in the case of a serious injury.

 

Resources:

 

The first aid box located in the staff room. All staff are aware of this.  The contents of such boxes are replenished when deemed necessary.

 

Record Keeping

 

All accidents/injuries are recorded in the First Aid Folder or in the Accident Folder, for more serious accidents. These are located outside the staff room. The Accident Report Form lists the date and time of accident, witnesses, nature of injuries, a brief description of the circumstance of the accident, procedures followed by staff etc.  Very serious injuries will be notified to the schools insurers. Relevant medical information on all pupils is obtained at time of enrollment.  This section asks parents to list allergies and other medical conditions their child may have.

 

Evaluation

 

The success of this policy is measured from set criteria;

 

  • Maintaining a relatively accident free school environment
  • Positive feedback from staff, parents, children
  • Continual yard observation of behaviour by all staff engaged in supervision duties
  • Monitoring and evaluation at staff meetings

 

Ratification and Review

 

  • Ratified by the Board of Management

 

  • Copy to Parents Association

 

  • Copy available to parents on request

 

  • Will be reviewed 2023 or as needs be

 

Implementation

  • Ongoing