Enrolment Policy – Deaf Facility

Enrolment Policy – Deaf Facility 2017-10-01T20:06:28+00:00

Enrolment Policy – St. Columba’s Facility for Deaf Children – May 2017

 

In accordance with the provision of the Education Act (1998) the following procedures for the enrolment and admission of pupils have been adopted by the Board of Management.

 

  1. The Board of Management affirms the school’s commitment to provide for the educational needs of deaf children in the region.

The Facility caters mainly for children with Sensori Neural hearing loss or children who have a Conductive Hearing Loss that cannot be medically reversed.

The facility caters for deaf children whose degree of deafness generally ranges from the lower end of moderate to severe and profound.

The Facility follows a bilingual policy of communication whereby equal recognition is given to both Irish Sign Language (ISL) and English.

 

  1. The Board of Management supports the principles of inclusiveness, equality, parental choice and respect for diversity within the context of Departmental Regulations and Programmes, the funding and resources available to the school and the educational philosophy and distinctive ethos of the school.

 

  1. The Principal will make appropriate arrangements to communicate Board of Management policy on enrolment and admissions to the parents and guardians of deaf children. A brochure providing relevant information about the school and a standard application form are available to assist parents/guardians in this regard.

 

  1. Applications for enrolment should be directed to the Principal and will be processed by her on behalf of the Board of Management.

 

  1. The Board will make reasonable provision and accommodation for children presenting with other special needs in addition to hearing impairment. A copy of the child’s psychological and / or medical report will be required in order to assist the school in establishing the educational and training needs relevant to the child’s special needs and to profile the support services required in meeting these needs. Where such reports are not available the Board of Management will advise that the child be assessed immediately.

 

  • Following receipt of appropriate assessment reports, the Principal will meet with the parents/guardians of the child to discuss the child’s educational and training needs and the school’s suitability or capability in meeting these needs. If necessary, a full case conference involving all parties may be convened (to include parents/guardians, principal, relevant school personnel, psychologist, other departments/agencies or schools involved, schools’ inspector and/or medical personnel as appropriate) to make recommendations regarding appropriate placement.

 

  • Where the school deems that additional resources are needed the Board will, prior to enrolment, request the Department of Education & Skills to provide the resources required.

 

  • The Board of Management may defer enrolment of a particular child pending receipt of appropriate assessment reports or the provision of appropriate resources and supports to meet the needs specified in the psychological and/or medical report.

 

  • All relevant information pertaining to the specific needs of a child should be made available to the school on request.

 

  • If difficulties present subsequent to the pupil’s enrolment, the school may review its capacity to provide the best possible education for the child and its capacity to cater for the child’s additional needs. This review will include input from all the relevant bodies as listed above at 5 (a).

 

  1. In the event of applications exceeding the number of places available in the Facility for Deaf Children, the Board of Management shall exercise its discretion in applying the following criteria:

 

  • Level of hearing loss as outlined at Section 1 above.
  • A child seeking full placement in the Facility for Deaf Children will be offered a place before a child seeking dual placement in this school and another school.
  • A child whose main need is Hearing Impairment and whose need can only be met in St. Columba’s Facility for Deaf children, will be offered a place before a child whose main need is other than Hearing Impairment and has access to another school which can cater for his/her main need.
  • Age of the child concerned

 

  1. Participation in the activities of the school includes abiding by the ‘Code of Behaviour’ and the ‘Acceptable Use’ (AUP) Policy adopted by the Board of Management.

Parents/Guardians are requested to confirm in writing that they will accept and support the school’s Code of Behaviour and AUP Policy as a condition of enrolment in the school, in accordance with the Education Admission to Schools Bill 2013.

 

  1. Unsuccessful applications for enrolment may be appealed to the Board of Management. In all such cases the parents/guardians will be notified in writing of the Board’s decision within 21 days.

 

  1. Parents/Guardians have the right under Section 29 of the Education Act (2007) to appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education & Skills a decision of the Board of Management, or a person acting on behalf of the Board, to refuse enrolment. Accordingly, the Board of Management will advise parents/guardians of this right of appeal and associated time-frame when informing them of such a decision. In general, appeals must be made within 42 days of receipt of the Board of Management’s decision.

 

Parents’/Guardians’ Signatures:

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_______________________________________________________________________________________________Requirement for schools to ensure all pupils are counted on POD (Primary Online Data) for grant payment and teacher allocation purposes (Department of Education 2015)

In relation to all enrolment into Primary Schools from 2015/2016, schools must ensure that parents/guardians are fully informed of the requirement on schools to transfer data onwards to POD and parents/guardians should be made fully aware that they are giving their child’s details for this purpose, in addition to providing it for the purpose of local school administration. Schools and parents/guardians should be made aware that provision of all school data to POD for all new enrolments from 2015/2016 onwards is mandatory in order to have that pupil counted for grant payment and teacher allocation purposes. Schools should be cognisant of this when enrolling new pupils to their school in the future.

Parents’/Guardians’ Signatures

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_______________________________________________________________________________________________I have read and accept the conditions of the school’s Code of Behaviour:

Parents’/Guardians’ Signatures:

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