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Child Cycling

Child Cycling Policy

This document is formulated in response to recent changes in Guidance and Procedures in relation to Child Protection matters and takes account of the provisions of each of the following important pieces of legislation:

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Pupils parents and carers must take responsibility for their behaviour and safety on the school journey. The school exercises control within the school grounds, and promotes safe cycling in the process, but is not in a position to implement policies in areas where it has no executive power or responsibility.

The decision on whether or not a student is able to cycle safely to and from school rests with the student and their parent/carer.  The parent/carer is responsible for ensuring that the student has appropriate clothing and protective equipment to ride safely to school and that the bike is roadworthy.

St. Colman’s NS, Cappagh has outlined the following saftey procedeures below:

Bringing Bikes onto the School Grounds

  • Students must hand in a signed permission/consent slip, signed by both themselves and their parent/carer, to the school. A list will be held by the school of all students who have permission from their parents to cycle to school and will be reviewed and updated termly.
  • All cyclists must dismount outside the school entrance. No riding is permitted on academy grounds.
  • All bicycles must be in a roadworthy condition (see below*)
  • Students must park their cycle in a designated area in the school. The school will not be held liable in the event of theft or damage. Cyclists  should secure their bikes.
  • The school may undertake checks to ensure students leaving their bikes on the premises have handed in their signed permission form.

Roadworthy condition

Each bicycle should be checked by parents to ensure it is in good roadworthy condition. The following checks should be carried out:

  • Both front and rear brakes work effectively
  • There is a rear reflector
  • The tyres have sufficient tread for all conditions
  • The chain is tensioned and lubricated correctly
  • The saddle, handlebars and pedals are secure and adjusted for the rider
  • There is a working bell
  • Front and rear lights work correctly (if fitted)

The school reserves the right to revoke permission if the above conditions are ignored.

Child Cycle Users Permission Letter – St.Colman’s NS, Cappagh

I will remember the following:

  • I will wear a helmet for the whole journey and will only take it off when I have got off my bike.
  • I will keep my bike in good condition and make sure it has good, working brakes, reflectors and a bell.
  • I will wear high visibility clothing when at all possible so other road users can see me.
  • I will ALWAYS get off my bike and push it as I approach the school gates. I will never cycle on the school grounds unless I am doing a cycle course.
  • I know that my bike is my responsibility and the best way to make sure it stays safe is to lock it up.
  • I know that I should not cycle in a way that puts other road users or pedestrians at risk. If I do not follow all these guidelines I know that I will no longer be allowed to cycle and store my bike at school.
  • I will leave the school grounds once the school traffic has left and I will head home immediately unless I have written permission and call from parents stating otherwise.
  • I understand that the school has the right to report any evidence of misconduct from pupils while cycling to and from school.

 

Cycling to School Parental Consent

I consent for my child / children ………………………………………………………. to cycle to school.

I agree that:

  • I have read and understand the guidelines provided (Child and Parent Cycle Users Permission Letter).
  • I have discussed these guidelines with my child.
  • I understand that should the guidelines not be adhered to the school will withdraw the privilege of bringing a cycle onto the school premises.

 

Signed: …………………………………………………… Date: …………………………………..

 

Relationship to child: ………………………………………………………………..

 

Cycling to School Child’s Agreement

My name:……………………………………………………………………………..

I agree that I have read through all the guidelines and discussed them with my parents/carers.

 

Signed: …………………………………………………… Date: …………………………………..