Policies & Regulations @ mackdonald
Corona Safety Measure Policy
Life in Kilkenny is slowly returning back to normal: shops, cafeterias, restaurants, museums, and cinemas are open. The main streets in Kilkenny have been remodeled to allow for more distance between people. Normal activities can resume, for example visits to the castle park, shopping, use of public transport to name a few.
We have worked diligently in conjunction with Ireland´s National Health Service and our governing bodies to ensure our school in Kilkenny is a safe place for our students and staff. Our school has large, spacious classrooms, common areas both inside and outside that are adequately sized to safely sccommodate our students and our staff.
Student's temperature will be checked automatically every day when entering and leaving the school building. At the school entrance, students will be asked to clean their hands with sanitizer. There will be signs around the school explaining the one-way system for using the stairwells and corridors. The use of a mask is currently not mandatory in Ireland. However, if the safety distance of two metres cannot be guaranteed we ask our students to come with their own mask and wear it in the school.
School staff will be wearing a mask when in close contact with students. Our teachers are allowed to take off the mask during lessons respecting the 2 metres safety distance guideline. Hand sanitizers will be available in the school area. Surface disinfectant product will be available in school's toilets and common areas. The school will be intensively cleaned and disinfected every day. Certain areas such as toilets, railings, door knobs etc. will be cleaned and disinfected several times per day. Depending on the size of the classroom each class will have max. 10 students in order to respect a minimum distance of 1.50 metres between each participant. During group work students will be given face masks.
Leisure Programme & Day-trips
The weekly schedule might be adapted if needed with staggered class start times and break times to avoid many students moving around the corridors or in the common areas of the school at the same time. Teachers will advise of break times on arrival. The weekly activity program will be organized in reduced groups focusing mainly on open air activities. The activity program will also have staggered starting times. Kilkenny offers many opportunities for these activities.
Host family accommodation
Host families will follow all government guidelines on social distancing and will ensure common areas are maintained to a high degree of cleanliness.
Child Safeguarding Policy
- the welfare of the child/young person is paramount.
- all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, host families, agencies, leaders and teachers is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.
Admissions & Attendance Policy
Punctuality and Attendence Policy
Enrolment Protection Policy
Medical Insurance Policy
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Policy
External end-of-course Exams Policy
Complaints and Grievances Policy
- If you have a complaint, you should first try to resolve it informally, before following the procedure below.
- Keep a record of your complaint/ grievance. Include who you talk to aobut it, and when.
- Complaints and grievances are initially presented to the Academic Manager (office(at)mackdonald(dot)com).
- The Academic Manager completes the appropriate form with the student/teacher/staff member.
- The Academic Manager seeks to resolve the complaint and meets again with the person filing the complaint within 3 working days.
- If the complaint is not resolved to the complainant’s satisfaction, it is referred to the owners of the school.
- The owners meet with the complainant within 3 working days and record any details in addition to the original complaint form.
- The owners seek to resolve the complaint and consult with the complainant.
- If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome, a further meeting may be sought with an independent respected member of the sector.
- At all stages, the complainant can have a witness present when meeting with other parties.
- If the original complaint is against the Academic Manager then the complaint goes directly to the school owners.
- If the original complaint is against the school owners, then stages 6-8 are void and the complaint proceeds directly from stage 5 to 9, if it has not been resolved at stage 5.
General Data Protection Regulation Policy