St. Cronan's Boys' National School, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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23rd May 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

You have probably received multiple emails from various organisations regarding GDPR.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a piece of EU wide legislation which will regulate how people's personal data is processed and kept safe and which comes into effect from Friday 25th May 2018. I'm writing to explain what this means for you, your child and the school.

The school already complies with the Data Protection Act of 1998. GDPR introduces some additional rights and responsibilities including; increased transparency; stricter rules around consent; appointment of a Data Protection Officer (DPO); enhanced rights for data subjects; notification of any breaches to the Data Protection Commissioner and the requirement that data protection is considered in the planning of all services. Further information will be outlined in the Data Protection Policy which is currently being reviewed and will be available on the school website shortly.

As a school, we hold information about your child on our computer system and on paper to support us in providing an appropriate education for your child. The principal, who is the Data Protection Officer is responsible for ensuring that the information held is accurate, up to date and secure. You can help us to keep your child's information up to date by informing us of any changes in a timely manner.

Teachers and other school staff access your child's records in order to do their job. Information is available only to those who have a legitimate reason to use it. There may be times when the information will be shared with others involved in your child's care such as the HSE, Tusla or other agencies named in the Data Protection Policy. Sometimes you will be asked to give written consent, for example when applying to the NCSE (The National Council for Special Education) for additional supports. At any time when we ask for information or permission to share it, we will always explain why the information is necessary and with whom it will be shared. All people with access to this data have a legal responsibility to ensure confidentiality is not breached. In the event that information is shared inappropriately, mislaid or lost the DPO must inform the Data Protection commissioner within 72 hours. There are serious penalties for organisations that mishandle personal data. The GDPR gives you the right to view your child's personal data if you wish. If you have any questions about this please contact the school office.

Over the next few months we will be continuing to review policies and procedures to ensure that the school becomes a Data Protection Sensitive and Aware institution. Please be patient with us if we need to ask you to review previously given consent or contact you to verify contact details.

Yours faithfully,

Maeve Tierney


24th May 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have been requested by the Department of Education and Skills to send you the attached Privacy Statement in relation to Data Protection and GDPR. This statement refers specifically to any data which is stored on the online database, POD (Primary Online Database), which the Department of Education and Skills has on its own database, regarding your child. Since 2015, all relevant information necessary to enrol your son must also be entered on POD.

Please see the Department website for further information.

Please contact me if you have any questions about this issue.

Yours faithfully,

Maeve Tierney

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