Health & Safety
School Health Services
SCIS contracts nursing services through WorldPath Clinic International and has a certified nurse on campus who are available during school hours and athletic events.
For minor accidents, bumps, and bruises, the nurses will treat the student and he or she will return to class. Parents will not be contacted unless follow-up is required. Should a child be physically ill, have a fever (over 37.2 degrees Celsius), or suffer a potentially serious injury, such as a significant bump to the head, parents will be contacted and are expected to come and pick up their child. If the parent cannot be contacted, the student’s emergency contact will be notified.
In the case of serious accidents on the school premises in which a child needs to be taken to the hospital, the parents will be contacted immediately and the student will be transported, unless inadvisable due to neck or back injury, to the nearest hospital where he or she can receive expatriate level care. A representative from the school will accompany the child and remain with him or her until a parent or guardian arrives to take responsibility. When the parent arrives, the school representative will depart after explaining all the relevant circumstances. Appropriate care will be given as required, even if the parents cannot be reached.
Air Quality Monitoring
SCIS has installed a double air filtration system, provided by PureLiving China to ensure optimal indoor air quality in all learning spaces. SCIS has adopted guidelines for managing students’ exposure to outdoor air pollution as well. The SCIS administration team and school nurse are responsible for monitoring air pollution information. This information will be gathered daily from the US consulate and Chinese government monitoring centers
Outdoor air quality is monitored on an hourly basis, and students stay indoors for all activities when the air quality index (AQI) is 200 and above, as indicated by the U.S. Consulate’s Shanghai Air Quality Monitoring Site.
Security guards are onsite 24 hours a day to ensure a secure school environment. The security guards closely monitor and record visitor access on campus. Additionally, security cameras are installed in various locations throughout the school to monitor student movement and ensure student safety at all times.
Members of the school community and visitors are free to enter and exit when school is open. Students in uniform enter freely; teachers, parents and administrators enter using their ID card (or sign in if they have forgotten their card), and parents and visitors sign in on entry. ID cards for SCIS parents and alumni are available by application. Alumni are granted access to visit the school campus during after school hours, and by invitation or appointment during school hours. The school reserves the right to refuse entry to any person deemed a risk to the learning environment.
During the School Day Students are not allowed to leave campus before the end of the school day without permission from the principal or vice principal.
Students must sign out at their respective office if departing the campus prior to 3:00 p.m. An exit slip will be given to the student at this time. This card will need to be handed to the guards in order to exit the school.
Lower school students must be accompanied by a guardian to depart campus. Middle and High School students may be accompanied by a guardian or can leave on their own with parental permission.
Parking on Campus
There is no parking on campus except for school-owned and/or faculty and staff vehicles. Drivers of private vehicles may drop students off between 7:45am – 8:00am and pick students up at the 3:00 pm dismissal time. Drivers are expected to act in a courteous fashion and to follow the security guards’ directions. Drivers who repeatedly break these rules may be barred from the school campus.
Bicycle and scooter parking is available on campus.
Fire Drill and Evacuation Procedures
Fire drills are vital in order to ensure the safety of the students entrusted to the school’s care. At least three drills will be held annually. The cooperation of all adults on campus is needed and will be appreciated. Teachers will review these procedures and the evacuation routes (available from facilities) with their classes and stress the seriousness of emergency evacuation drills. Teachers are to ensure that an evacuation map is posted in their classrooms.
Child Safeguarding Training
All adults who are regularly present on SCIS campuses will be expected to undergo Educare Child Safeguarding annual training, the depth of training
- Child Development
- Forms of Abuse
- Recognizing and Responding to Abuse
- Reporting Abuse
- General Good Practices
Annual training regarding reporting procedures and appropriate physical touch will be provided to all teachers, coaches, and volunteers who regularly interact with students on campus. Additionally, staff will undergo training
SCIS students adhere to a dress code that we believe promotes a sense of orderliness and school community, helps with campus and field trip security, and reduces “fashion competition”. We aim to have students wearing similar, if not necessarily identical, outfits that engender a feeling of community and avoid clothes conscious social situations.
Elementary students (Nursery through Grade 5) wear navy blue trousers, shorts, or skirts and a light blue polo shirt (short or long sleeved) with the SCIS book logo. A navy fleece or cardigan sweater with the SCIS logo can be worn in the cooler weather.
Middle School students (Grades 6, 7 and 8) wear tan shorts, trousers, or skirts and a navy blue polo shirt (short or long sleeved) with the SCIS book logo. A navy fleece or cardigan sweater with the SCIS logo or other approved outerwear such as the “grey hoodie” sweatshirt can be worn in the cooler weather.
High School students (Grades 9 through 12) wear tan shorts or trousers, or plaid skirts (girls only) and a light blue Oxford cloth button down short or long sleeved short with the SCIS book logo. A navy fleece or cardigan sweater with the SCIS logo or other approved outerwear such as the “grey hoodie” sweatshirt can be worn in the cooler weather. Short and skirt length must extend below the mid thigh, interpretation of this is determined by divisional administration. A letterman’s jacket is available for team sports or clubs, and a navy blue 3-button blazer with the SCIS crest is available for more formal events. The manner in which students are expected to wear their uniform is as follows: shirts should be fully buttoned with the exception of the very top button; clothing that is worn beneath the school shirts/tops should be tucked in and not hanging out so as to not to be overly visible. Clothing should be in good repair, clean, and of the proper size to fit.
All students wear laced shoes or sturdy sandals. Athletic shoes or sneakers are acceptable, but “flip-flops”, “thong” sandals, and other beach-type footwear are not appropriate for school. Caps or hats in buildings are also inappropriate. It is preferred that winter outerwear be navy blue, grey or tan in color, and these garments should be removed when indoors. The use of light sweatshirts/hoodies (i.e. GAP or Abercrombie and Fitch sweatshirts) or sweaters that are not distributed by the uniform office are not acceptable during school hours. All students are expected to be well groomed and appropriately dressed at school or during school-related functions off campus. Immodest or distracting attire is inappropriate in our multi-cultural setting. Facial jewelry for males or distracting jewelry for girls is not allowed. This interpretation can extend to haircuts, hair dyes, jewelry, makeup, body art or other aspects of personal appearance.
There are occasionally “spirit” days on which students are not required to wear the school uniform. These may occur approximately once a month, usually in connection with a special holiday or event, and will be announced by the school administration. On those days, students are expected to wear shirts with sleeves (no tank top or halter top shirts) and must look neat and presentable. Students will normally wear the school uniform for field trips, unless otherwise indicated on the permission form.
Students will normally wear the school uniform for field trips, unless otherwise indicated on the permission form.
Students who do not have the proper school attire may be sent from their class to the school office, where they can phone home to have proper clothing sent to school. In the Upper School a student may be required to wear office-provided clothing for the day.
Every campus has its own cafeteria, kitchen, and head chef operated by the Sanxi F&B Management group, a company with a 6 year track record of success in the food and beverage industry here in Shanghai.
Food is prepared on site, with the chef overseeing the preparation. A truly international cuisine, consisting of everything from American dishes to Thai curry and from German meats to Japanese fish is served. Additionally, each canteen has a full salad bar, fruit bar, and sandwich bar. For families that wish, vegetarian options are offered at every meal and available to all ages.
Equally important, we offer a range of services designed for those with special allergy needs. First, if the student communicates his or her allergy to the Chef, a special dish can be prepared to meet the individual need. Second, if the student wishes to bring food prepared at home, food storage and reheating services are offered and readily available.
In addition to the cafeteria, Illy Café’s are open every day on upper school campuses from 7:30 – 16:30. Need your fix of Oriental Tea? French Baguettes? Brazilian Coffee? Or perhaps a slice of New York Cheesecake? Come check the café out. It’s a natural gathering place for students, faculty, and parents alike.
Daily transportation to and from school will be provided to SCIS students living within a reasonable distance to our campuses. This service is only for SCIS students; parents are not provided with bus transportation. There may be an exception for school-sponsored field trips. However, please note, the Shanghai Transportation Commission has passed a new law since 2014 that imposes a one-semester wait period for all schools seeking to change bus routes, add new stops, and/or add more buses to certain popular routes.
Due to this, we have added important deadlines to avoid inconveniences. If you are moving to Shanghai or changing locations in Shanghai, please fill out the online transportation application before the following deadlines:
Fall Semester – July 1st for new transportation request form.
Spring Semester – December 1st for new transportation request form.
We understand that you may be unsure of your local address that far in advance. If that is the case, we encourage you to contact the transportation coordinator for your specific campus. These persons will be able to answer all of your transportation questions.
Hongqiao ECE Campus (Nursery – Kindergarten)
Angela Hu, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hongqiao Main Campus (Grade 1 – Grade 12)
Lily Chen, email@example.com
Pudong Campus (Nursery – Grade 12)
Stu Ren, firstname.lastname@example.org
To help ensure on-time arrival at school, buses will wait for three minutes after the assigned pick-up time before moving to the next pick-up point. The school will provide parents with the approximate drop-off time and location after school. Parents are responsible for daily supervision arrangements when a child arrives at the designated drop-off.
Traffic, city events, and accidents may disrupt a child’s bussing, but this does not constitute SCIS’s inability to fulfill its transportation obligation. SCIS must be notified in writing of any changes to a parent’s transportation request. If you plan to alter your child’s routine for a special occasion, before or after school activity, etc., you must provide a written note to the transportation department for that day’s change.
Elementary School students will only be released to adults with the SCIS ID cards when departing the bus. If the bus arrives at the bus stop on time and no parent or authorized guardian is on site to pick up your child/ren, the bus will move on to the next stop. Ultimately your child/ren will be brought back to school. Parents will be notified of this happening via the campus transportation coordinator and will need to come to school to pick up their children directly. For your child’s safety and the safety of others, requests to pick up children or changes to bus transportation must be submitted no later than 12:00 pm to the classroom teacher and the transportation coordinator.
Bus space is limited and is reserved for the transportation of SCIS students. Our buses stop only at SCIS arranged drop-off points and any change in bus schedule or route must be facilitated through the transportation office. All issues and questions related to bus transportation should be directed to the campus transportation office.
Student safety is our number one concern regarding transportation. Violations of bus expectations could result in disciplinary action consistent with SCIS policies or termination of bus services to ensure the safety of all.
- Respect the bus Ayi and driver’s directions.
- Fasten seatbelts before departure and wear until the bus arrives at the student’s stop.
- Close windows before the buses
- Sit in any available seat, except for the front seat.
- Use digital devices responsibly under the following conditions:
– Play appropriate movies and/or games only.
– Keep the device on silent or use headphones.
- Don’t eat or drink on the bus.
- Behave respectfully at all times (to the driver, classmates,
ayi, and anyone else).