SUIS Pudong seeks to provide a safe teaching and learning environment where teachers, students and support staff are safe from injury, hazard or danger. Procedures are clearly documented for dealing with any emergencies that may occur.
The staff member appointed to deal with health and safety and known as the Health and Safety Officer (HSO) conducts regular checks to ensure the school is free from hazards. The HSO reports issues for rectification to the Senior Management of SUIS.
Health and safety practice is regularly evaluated by management, in conjunction with the school nurses, to ensure that the school response to any dangers or accidents is clear and that all staff understand the procedure to follow.
Workplace safety for teachers, students and visitors
A weekly check of the school is carried out to identify any hazards. Those identified are immediately removed / remedied. All members of staff immediately report any hazard to the HSO for immediate action.
These are only allowed on site when and where they are completely separated from any activity being undertaken by students.
On-site vehicle movements
Vehicles are only allowed on-site before or after school or during class time when students are well away from vehicle routes. Vehicles will not be permitted to move on the site during morning and lunch break times. Vehicles with drivers must be accompanied by at least one guard to check that the vehicle and the route taken, is free of children.
Testing and maintenance of equipment and systems
Whenever possible these take place at times when students and staff are off the premises. If absolutely necessary the personnel involved will be accompanied by a guard, to ensure students do not access the area.
Control of hazardous substances
The movement and storage of these to be scrutinized and controlled by support staff in locked areas. No access is ever available to students.
All staff are instructed in how to safely perform tasks, such as moving and handling equipment, apparatus and furniture.
Each child should be taught how to lift and move equipment. Techniques should be revised at least each year with your new class.
Children should be stationed at the corners of each piece of equipment.
A leader of the group says when the lift should start.
Consultation arrangements with employees
Employees are briefed as to correct procedures and a clear channel of consultation exists for additions and alterations to procedures.
Violence towards staff
Violence towards staff will not be tolerated on SUIS Pudong premises. If a student or other member of staff is involved, immediate disciplinary action will be initiated. If visitors to the school are involved they will ejected as quickly as possible. lf persons endanger student safety, the police will be called immediately.
In the case of extreme danger or threat, all students will follow an emergency safety procedure where relevant, involving a school lockdown.
Security is regarded as paramount. No visitors are allowed on SUIS campus without the formal agreement of the school.
- a) Code of conduct. Abusive, aggressive, rude or antisocial behaviour is not tolerated on the SUIS campus.
- b) Offensive weapons are forbidden on school premises at all times and for any reason.
- c) Collecting Students from School. Primary students may only be picked-up from school following identification by the class teacher of the responsible adult collecting that child. Students must remain on campus from the start of school day until close, unless formal agreement with parent/guardian has taken place. No student is allowed to leave the school premises during the school day without a written permission slip obtained from either the Principal or the curriculum coordinator.
- d) School Transport Safety. Strict security regulations exist for pupils entering and leaving the school campus by bus. Students will be supervised by guards and buses will not move until all children have been removed from the area close to the bus. The bus area is totally out of bounds for students not travelling by bus
Study trips and visits
All visits or trips are subject to risk assessment and younger students are accompanied by responsible adults on a 1:7/ 1:5 basis. Careful plans are prepared including location of adults and contingency procedures made clear in case of an emergency. Plans for visits are lodged with Senior Management prior to the start of any study trip. Participation for all off-campus trips requires written parent/guardian agreement.
Medical and emergency
A parent/guardian signature on the SUIS agreement form is necessary to ensure prompt action when dealing with students in an emergency. Clear contact information must be available for parents/guardians. Parents/guardians need to be made aware of procedures SUIS will follow.
- a) First aid. This is only administered by one the school nurses. Parents/guardians sign a written agreement allowing the school to administer the appropriate medication/treatment. Students are not allowed to have medication in their possession in school as it may be hazardous to others.
- b) Confidential information. Parent/guardian contact numbers, special medical and dietary needs of students, will be regularly updated and held with each student record file and in a central record. Medical records are kept and maintained by the school nurse.
Recording and reporting of accidents to staff, students and visitors
All of these including injuries, disease and dangerous occurrence are to be fully documented in the school incident book.
Discipline and behaviour
Care of School Property. Students (and by extension their parents/guardians) will be held responsible for any damage caused by the student.
Corporal punishment is not permitted at SUIS. Discipline is based on respect, responsibility and cooperation. It is reinforced by the Virtues Project and the school’s Behaviour Management System.
Students may not be man-handled unless a situation arises where this is the only option to prevent their or another person’s security being compromised.