The article “ISBA to revise its stance on schools” (MW last week) misleadingly implied that we were to “overhaul” our guidelines for commercial activities in schools as a direct result of the recently announced Government initiative to outlaw vending machines in schools.
It is true that the guidelines are due for review in the near future. However, this has nothing to do with the Department for Education and Skills initiative: it was always the intention they be reviewed around this time. Further, the guidelines do not cover vending, which was expressly excluded from their remit.
Finally, in any review, ISBA believes it would be important for the guidelines to be applicable to all commercial activities in schools, not just to companies in one specific sector.
Director of public affairs