Student Parent Handbook

SLIS Student Parent Handbook

2018-2019

School Profile

Shenwai Longgang International School (SLIS) serves children of the expatriate community who work in Shenzhen and children who are permanent residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

The school is using a temporary campus in the first place and eventually aims to grow to a capacity of hosting 960 students in total on a state of the art campus in the Longgang district, which is currently being built.

SLIS aims to provide distinctive high-quality education through recruiting high quality teachers and delivering the International Baccalaureate programme. Teachers are recruited from diverse backgrounds and form a highly skilled, team passionate about student learning who keep the learning and well-being of their students as the primary focus. Education provided by the school currently covers Grade 1-3. The teaching takes place in small class groups by certified expat international school teachers and Chinese Co-teachers with international teaching experience.

As a candidate IB school for the Primary Years Programme, SLIS follows a high quality international curriculum and provides essential traditional Chinese language and culture courses as well.


Mission, Vision and Values

SLIS Mission

Shenwai Longgang International School is committed to the rigour and the rounded values of the International Baccalaureate programme, developing students who have a clear sense of moral purpose. At SLIS, we are nurturing leaders in technology who are global networkers, with a strong grounding in Chinese culture.

SLIS Vision

SLIS Values

    • Global mindfulness
    • Learning without boundaries
    • Pursuit of technological innovation
    • Understanding of cultural inheritance
    • Grounded moral awareness with humility

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

The IB Learner Profile

The intended outcome, of all three IB programmes is to develop students a school community that is internationally minded. Within IB schools, students develop the attributes of the Learner Profile, which are considered to the attributes of the internationally minded person.

IB Learners are:

                • Inquirers
                • Thinkers
                • Communicators
                • Risk-takers
                • Knowledgeable
                • Principled
                • Caring
                • Open-minded
                • Well-balanced
                • Reflective

Further information about the IB programmes is available at: www.ibo.org


The Curriculum

Our aim is to encourage students to have a passion for learning and to carry that spirit with them throughout their lives. Our curriculum is the International Baccalaureate Organization’s programmes; PYP (Primary Years Programme for children aged four through eleven/twelve). English is the language of instruction throughout the school and support is available for students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) on a short-term basis.

The programmes are compatible with most national and international programmes and students usually find transfers relatively smooth from an educational viewpoint.

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

The IBO Primary Years Programme is designed to build upon the natural curiosity of the child. Intended for children aged 6 through 11, students participate in six “Units of Inquiry” per year. Learning through inquiry means that children are given the opportunity to ask questions, research answers and become involved in hands on activities that build knowledge gained in a relevant and engaging way. Each Unit of Inquiry lasts for six weeks, which allows time for children to delve deeply into the topic. To ensure that children acquire a broad base of knowledge, Units of Inquiry are developed under six “organising themes”:

                                    • Who We Are
                                    • Where We Are in Place and Time
                                    • How the World Works
                                    • How We Organise Ourselves
                                    • How We Express Ourselves
                                    • Sharing the Planet

The subject areas are: Social Studies, Personal, Social and Physical Education, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Language, and the Arts are woven into the Units of Inquiry to provide a trans-disciplinary approach to learning. Each Unit of Inquiry is international in perspective and of global significance. Learning outcomes are set out in great detail in comprehensive Scope and Sequence documents provided to IB schools by the International Baccalaureate Organization. These documents indicate by age group, the skills and knowledge that should be acquired by PYP students.

Assessment forms an integral part of each Unit of Inquiry, and students are given many opportunities to display their knowledge and skills. Assessments may consist of self or peer assessment, presentations, written assignments, computer generated projects etc. Units of Inquiry often end with a Learning Celebration to which parents and other students may be invited. In the final year of the PYP, students participate in a PYP Exhibition. This is the culminating event for students and the Exhibition is meant to display what they have learned as PYP students.

The Primary Years Programme promotes the acquisition of skills and attitudes as well as academic knowledge.

PYP students learn research skills, thinking skills, communication skills, social skills and self- management skills. A Student Learner Profile was developed which seeks to define the characteristics PYP schools wish to instill in their students.

A PYP school is infused with a sense of purpose and a spirit of inquiry. PYP students endeavour to understand the world around them by asking questions, researching answers, finding solutions and making connections. The international focus of the PYP allows children to connect to what they know in their own lives to what happens in the rest of the world. Understanding and respect for other customs and cultures is a vital part of the Primary Years Programme. PYP students come to understand that they are a part of a much bigger global community, and as such, have responsibilities and obligations to their fellow humans. In aid of this international understanding, PYP students also learn a second language.

The Primary Years Programme develops the whole child valuing a healthy body as well as a healthy mind by encompassing social, physical, emotional, cultural and academic learning. It is a programme aimed at creating internationally minded students who are prepared to take their place in the world no matter where life may lead them.


The School Day

SLIS School Hours

    • 8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday-Thursday
    • 8:00 am-3:30 pm Friday

We cannot take responsibility for the safety of children when there is no duty member of staff, and staff duties begin at 8:00 am. Please do not bring your children to school earlier than 8:00 am. Please do pick up your children on time. Students without parents picking up on time will have to stay with security guards.

The Schedule

Grade 1 and 2

08:00 – 08:15

Arrival

08:15 – 08:30

Registration/Health check

08:30 – 09:15

Lesson 1

09:15 – 10:00

Lesson 2

10:00 – 10:30

Break

10:30 – 11:15

Lesson 3

11:15 – 12:00

Lesson 4

12:00 – 12:45

Lunch

12:45 – 13:30

Lesson 5

13:30 – 14:15

Lesson 6

14:15 – 15:00

Lesson 7

15:00 – 15:30

Reflection

15:30 – 16:30

ASA (Monday to Thursday)

16:30

End of day (15:30 on Friday)
























Grade 3 and 4

08:00—08:15

Arrival

08:15 – 08:30

Registration/Health check

08:30 – 09:15

Lesson 1

09:15 – 10:15

Lesson 2

10:15 – 10:45

Break

10:45 – 11:30

Lesson 3

11:30 – 12:30

Lesson 4

12:30 – 13:15

Lunch

13:15 – 14:00

Lesson 5

14:00 – 14:45

Lesson 6

14:45 – 15:30

Lesson 7

15:30 – 16:30

ASA (Monday to Thursday)

16:30

End of day (15:30 on Friday)

Student Drop off and Pick up

Morning Drop off

Students should arrive between 8:00-8:15 every day at the main gate with staff on duty. For safety reasons, parents driving should drop off students at the designated area (shown in the picture). Late arriving students should walk into the campus accompanied by the adults. Students should never walk alone into the campus.


Afternoon Pick up

Parents should walk into the SLIS campus to pick up students Monday to Thursday (shown in the picture). A pick-up card with student photo and school seal must be presented.


Temporary Parking for Afternoon Pick up

Vehicles can be parked temporarily for afternoon pick up in the following areas shown in the pictures.



Please follow the directions of property staff when necessary.

Admissions and Placement

The school is co-educational and celebrates diversity. We welcome students regardless of their race, nationality, gender, religion or disability, provided the school can support the disability and the student can access the curriculum in a positive way. In all cases, the school retains the right to determine, at its sole discretion, whether or not to select a student for admission or to re-enroll a student for the following academic year.

Students are admitted to school as outlined by the Admissions Policy.

The school year runs from August through June and the calendar is published on our website.

Student Support Services

The wellbeing of our students is our first concern. Each student has a homeroom teacher and a Chinese co-teacher who takes care of their academic, social and emotional needs.

When registering a child with Admissions, parents are required to disclose any learning needs a student may have and any medications a student is taking. At this point recommendations can be made whether a child needs extra help with their class work, short term support with learning or English as an Additional Language (EAL), or a more long-term approach may be appropriate. All members of the support teams are qualified and experienced professionals whose aims are to create an optimal learning environment for the students. Failure on behalf of parents to disclose any vital information (e.g. psychologist/occupational therapy/speech therapy/behavioural reports) provides the school with the right to remove the student without a notification period.

Students requiring additional courses to those available through the school’s educational programmes, are invited to inquire of the school for advice in the first instance as the school may be able to offer additional courses if required in the extra-curricular programme, or to direct the parent to an appropriate institution or teacher.

English as an Additional Language

English is the working language of the school. Most of the curriculum is delivered through the medium of English with the exception of the courses designed to teach mother tongue or other languages (Chinese). However, students are expected to become fluent in English. Students must have a high level of fluency in English by Grade 5 in order to access the curriculum in a positive way.

Pastoral Care

The individual well-being of each student and their academic and social development are of fundamental importance to the school. For this reason, we recruit only the best experienced and well-qualified staff from our worldwide recruitment searches.

In the PYP, students spend much of the day with their grade/class teacher and s/he is the person primarily responsible for monitoring the students in the class. However, all staff are responsible for student welfare. If there is a persistent issue then the PYP Coordinator becomes involved. If there is a serious problem this will get escalated to the Principal and Director.

Home-School Communications

The School website, Seesaw, ManageBac and email are the main forms of communication with parents.

Information evenings and parent workshops

Please make a point to attend the various information evenings, particularly the ‘Back to School Night’ and Parent Workshops. Important information is shared at these meetings.

Aftercare

The school does not offer an aftercare service.

Who do I talk to?

The Primary School – Teaching, Behaviour, Curriculum and Other Matters

Please follow the steps below to ensure we maintain consistency and equality throughout our Primary School.

Pastoral / Behaviour Issue

Progress / Curriculum Issue

Contact the Class Teacher/Specialist

Contact the Class Teacher/Specialist

If the matter remains

Unresolved

Contact the Principal

Mr. Neil Bunting

neil.bunting@slis.net.cn

If the matter remains

Unresolved

Contact the PYP Coordinator

Mr Elmer Reyes

elmerreyes@slis.net.cn

If the matter remains

Unresolved

Contact

the School Director

Ms. Liu Jia (Luka)

lukaliu@slis.net.cn

If the matter remains

Unresolved

Contact

the Principal

Mr. Neil Bunting

neil.bunting@slis.net.cn

Other Issue

Library

Contact the Librarian

Ms. Robin Brown

robinbrown@slis.net.cn

Schoolsite/secuity/ Uniform

Contact

the Deputy Director of Operations

Mr. Yang Weijun

vikingyang@slis.net.cn

Medical

Contact

the Nurse

Ms. Zheng Jiamin

yukizheng@slis.net.cn

Meetings with teachers

Regular parent-student-teacher meetings (including but not limited to conferences, workshops) are scheduled in the school calendar. To contact any of the staff member above please contact SLIS on 0755 2891 0303. If you desire an additional meeting with a teacher, please arrange an appointment by writing to the school.


Home Learning

Home Learning is regarded as an important part of the learning process and is required of all students, with an increase in the allotted time and greater challenges as students move through the school. However, the school also recognises the importance of rest and play/social/family activities for all students and so it is never time consuming enough to be an onerous task for any student. For the youngest children, it will always consist of reading with perhaps one other task.

Introduction

Home learning is anything that children do outside the normal school day that contributes to their learning in response to guidance from the school. Home learning covers a whole variety of activities instigated by teachers and parents as a way to support children’s learning. Home learning allows parents to gain an understanding of what children are learning in school.

Rationale for home learning

The purpose of home learning is to develop an effective partnership between school and parents in order to provide maximum learning opportunities for your child. Home learning consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding particularly in Numeracy and Literacy.

One of the aims of SLIS is for children to develop as independent learners and home learning is one way in which children can acquire the skill of independent learning.

Please ensure that your child, not you, completes the given home learning – otherwise we will not be in a position to know how well your child is progressing.

Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of home learning are:

    1. to enable students to make maximum progress in their academic and social development;
    2. to help students develop the skills of an independent learner;
    3. to promote a partnership between home and school in supporting eachchild’s learning;
    4. to consolidate and reinforce learning done in school and to allow children to practice skills taught in lessons;
    5. to help children develop good work habits for the future.

The times above are guidelines. There may be some days when more or less home learning is given.

Home Learning Responsibilities

Students’ Responsibilities

    • Complete home learning.
    • Complete home learning on time.
    • Ask for help when needed.
    • Parents’ Responsibilities
    • Provide healthy nourishment and suitable place for students to work at home.
    • Make it clear to students that they value home learning and point out the benefits of it.
    • Ask to see completed home learning.
    • Expect deadlines to be met.
    • Communicate with teachers if there are problems with home learning.
    • Share any concerns you may have regarding the amount or type of homework assigned with your child's teacher.

Teacher’s Responsibilities

    • Communicate with parents’ home learning expectations
    • Set appropriate home learning tasks.
    • Collect home learning in on the due date, mark it and give appropriate feedback.
    • Inform parents if there is a problem regarding home learning.
    • Liaise with other teachers to ensure that appropriate amount of home learning is being given.
    • If there is a home learning time table, only set home learning on the correct day(s).

Home learning will not be set during holidays. Guidelines of suggested projects/research will be sent out before holidays begins.


Student Assessment

Assessment is an important and integral part of learning. Each student is evaluated through a series of observations and tasks. By finding out what they have learnt, professional decisions can be taken to determine the next steps for the student, to produce the best learning and thus bring the most progress and benefit to the student. Expected outcomes of learning are explicit for every student and they are assessed against these expectations.

Assessment takes many forms; lesson-by-lesson informal assessments, class work, homework, fieldwork, projects, individual and group work, research, presentations (oral, aural, computer, visual, performance, etc.), quizzes and tests of skills, knowledge and understanding. MAP will be given to enable the school to see how our students have progressed over time. The international benchmarked tests ISA and PISA, and other standardised tests may be used to inform teachers. Students are assessed according to how they are working towards meeting learning objectives. It is important to note that students are not ranked, nor are they compared to each other’s abilities. Students will keep their work in a portfolio which will be reviewed regularly during the school year, allowing students to recognise areas of strength and weakness in their learning and thereby set learning targets for the next semester.

Reporting to Parents

At the start of the year there is a Back to School Night event, at which the teachers will outline the classroom routines, curriculum and expectations for the year ahead. Curriculum presentations and workshops will be offered to parents during the year and we do urge parents to attend the ones relevant to their child. Teachers may send home an informal report from time-to-time. This might be in the form of a letter or certificate of commendation for something special achieved or a letter indicating that there is a concern about, for example, home learning, academic performance or behaviour.

After School Activities (ASA)

A wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including activities such as languages, sports, music, dance, art and chess are available for current students. These activities are organised by the school and qualified out-of-school coaches; students are encouraged to take full advantage of the activities.

We offer a variety of ASA are offered on a voluntary basis each afternoon after school.

Parents will be advised of the activities available and how to enroll. Activities usually start or recommence two weeks after the start of each term. Please note that some activities may incur extra charges, such as personal accessories and instruments.


An Educational Partnership

Shenwai Longgang International School encourages parents to become involved in the life and development of the school. The school invites comments and dialogue and encourages parents to communicate their thoughts, concerns and suggestions. We are always aware that, as a learning institution, there is always a place for reflecting upon our practice and making improvements.

Parental Involvement

Parents may be involved in the life of the school in a variety of ways, for example: when they receive their child’s report, parents are invited to come with their child to discuss this with the teacher(s) at arranged times. Other meetings may be made through an appointment. Please contact the school to make an appointment.

When an information meeting is held, parents are invited to attend to participate in a presentation about school visits, the educational programme, parent education or a host of other topics. As members of the school community, parents may express their views and opinions through occasional surveys, are invited to assist with outings, help with school events, attend special assemblies to celebrate student work and achievements and join in with the kinds of important occasions that help to seal the partnership between parents, teachers and students.

Shenwai Longgang International School has an active parent association, the SLIS Parent Teacher Association. The objective is to promote cooperation and support between parents and staff of the school in matters pertaining to the well-being of the school. For example, welcoming new parents, supporting fund-raising events, promoting school spirit and supporting a holistic view of education.

Parents are discouraged from visiting classrooms, unless specifically invited, as this can be very distracting for the class. There are many opportunities, such as Learning Celebrations, when parents are welcome.

The Teachers

Our staff members are dedicated professionals whose careers are focused on developing each child's potential. Please take time to get to know your child's teachers. All teachers have a right to be treated fairly and politely by all members of the school community; that is colleagues, parents and students. They treat all the information about their students or families with the utmost discretion and confidentiality.

Teachers have a right to privacy and should not be disturbed in their homes and life outside school, except in cases of absolute emergency. In an instance where you need to speak with a member of staff other than the class teacher(s), both parents and students should request an appointment with the school.


Student Behaviour

Through a process based on respect, students are instilled to take ownership of their behaviour. There is a well-established framework of expectations, so that students know where they stand with regard to consideration for others, good manners and their many responsibilities to themselves, other students, staff and their parents.

Student Dress and Grooming

Students should follow SLIS uniform routine below:




The school encourages students to wear sun-protective clothing, including, but not limited to, hats for outdoor use during school day.

Hair should be neat and tidy. Students with long hair are to have it tied back and out of their face when appropriate. Extreme hairstyles are not allowed – when in doubt err on the side of caution.

No expensive accessories are allowed, such as Apple Watch or branded jewelry.

Academic Integrity and Honesty

Integrity and honesty are critical to creating an environment of academic excellence and authentic learning. Students are encouraged to use outside sources, as appropriate, and are expected to seek extra help where needed. However, they must accept the responsibility for creating and submitting their own, original work. It is the responsibility of SLIS teaching staff to make sure students are guided to know about what defines plagiarism and strategies to avoid it.

Plagiarism

Definition: presentation of someone else’s ideas words or phrases as if they were one’s own.

Plagiarism is wrong in both creative and academic writing. Often in essays, and always in research papers, you are asked to support your ideas with evidence from others, but you must make it very clear which of your words or ideas were originally written by someone else. In the first instance of plagiarism, students may be given the opportunity to redo the assignment depending on the student’s intentions. The student may be required to work with the Librarian, teacher or learning support team on interventions to make sure plagiarism is avoided in future.

Cheating

Definition: giving or receiving unauthorized assistance on assessments and assignments.

Students caught cheating on class assignments or tests will receive guidance in understanding the role of a test in guiding learning, and consequence to self when cheating. Procedures for cheating during exams are different and further steps will be taken.

Behaviour Management at SLIS

Behaviour focuses on the positive and we proactively look to seek out examples of “Catching the children being good “and consequently recognise such achievements.

We strongly believe that praise is the most powerful form of influencing children’s behaviour and that all pupils have the opportunity to make positive choices about their behaviour and influence outcomes. We work towards standards of behaviour that are based on the IB Learner Profile and Attitudes: open-mindedness, tolerance, caring, cooperation, respect and empathy to name but a few.

If instances of negative behaviour do occur, then they are dealt with swiftly and appropriately. Whilst the school aims for a consistent approach in delivering consequences the intention, context and severity of the incident will be taken into account when delivering further consequences.

Essential Agreements are on display in communal areas around the school and in the classrooms. The Essential Agreements are regularly referred to in assemblies and throughout the school day. They support the students understanding of ‘SLIS behaviour’ expectations.

All forms of behaviour are recorded, monitored and analysed through ManageBac.


Absentees

Expectations

100% school attendance and punctuality is expected for all students on all days that the school is open. Our aim is to ensure that students arrive at school and to lessons on time. We strive for attendance that is consistently outstanding for all groups of students.

Punctuality is essential for the student’s positive progress in school. Everybody in the community is expected to respect deadlines and start times. Late arrival is disruptive, time wasting and disrespectful. Excessive tardiness will result in a warning letter and require the parent to come into the school to meet with the Director to explain the situation and what solution might be given to correct the problem. All absences and tardiness will be kept track of and included on reports.

Depending on the reasons for absence, staff will endeavour to assist absentees in catching up with missed work without disrupting the learning of other class members. However, staff are not expected to alter their plans or create additional resources for students who are absent during lessons. The consequence of excessive tardiness and absence, including possible failure of promotion to the next grade, will be bared by the student and the family.

Authorised (Excused) Absence

The following types of absences may be regarded as authorised when confirmed by a signed letter from Parents/Guardians or by way of official documents:

    • Illness.
    • Death of first or second degree relative.
    • Scheduled doctor appointments.
    • Official community task.
    • Mandatory appearance before an official body.
    • Essential urgent family travel for matters such as medical treatment or the death of a family member.

Unauthorised (Unexcused) Absence

Any absence where there has been no communication from a parent or any absence over two or more days where a doctor’s note has not been received. Unauthorised absence will be questioned reflected on the school report as it is.

Procedures for Absences in the Primary School

Parents:

The School will only consider authorising up to 5 days absence if the absence request form is used through ManageBac and the reason fits within the mandated reasons for authorised absence.

It is vitally important that parents report the absence of their child through ManageBac before 8:30 of the day of absence, and notify their child’s homeroom teacher and school nurse at the earliest possible convenience so that we as a school are aware of a student’s absence in attendance.

It is important to note that a doctor’s certificate is required from the second day of medical absence from school which will need to be passed to the school nurse via the homeroom teacher.

School:

Homeroom Teachers have the responsibility for monitoring attendance within their class and implementing procedures to improve attendance where necessary. The School will contact parents and follow up as per this policy (please see below). Information about attendance is kept on ManageBac and can be readily accessed.

    • Parents of students who are absent twice in one week will receive an email.
    • Homeroom teachers register students using ManageBac. Register closes at 8.30 am.
    • Students arriving after 8:30 am will be dealt with by Home Room Teachers.
    • After 8:30 am the nurse will make a phone call to all parents of students who
    • have an unauthorised absence on ManageBac.
    • If parents fail to notify the school the absence will remain unauthorised.
    • Certificates for 100% attendance are awarded on a semester basis.

Tardiness to school

In the Primary School and student who comes after 8:30 am is considered late. This will be reported on in the School Reports. Your child’s school reports are legal documents that you may need to submit to a new school if/when you leave SLIS or to university.


Child Protection

Our policy is under the process of being developed. This applies to everyone working in the school. There are five main elements to our policy which are to:

  • Ensure we practice safe recruitment in checking the suitability of staff to work with children;
  • Raise awareness of child protection issues and equip children with the skills needed to keep them safe;
  • Implement procedures for identifying and reporting cases, or suspected cases, of abuse;
  • Support students who have been abused in accordance with his/her agreed child protection plan;
  • Establish a safe environment in which children can learn and develop.

We recognise that because of the day-to-day contact with children, school staff are well placed to observe the outward signs of abuse. The school will therefore:

  • Establish and maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to;
  • Ensure children know that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried;
  • Include opportunities in the curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to recognise and stay safe from abuse, in keeping with the acceptable local culture and sensitivities.

Bullying

At Shenwai Longgang International School, we strive to ensure a safe environment for all members of the school community and to promote healthy relationships. Bullying-physical, verbal or indirect acts committed against someone or a group of people in a position of less power; a child or children intending to cause harm to another child or group of children; these behaviours repeated over time are not tolerated, in any form, and all members of the community are expected to enforce the policy. Students are encouraged to approach a supervising adult to intervene in the case of bullying.

Cyber bullying is when a child is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. (Definition taken from www.stopcyberbullying.org 2007)

SLIS students are expected to act with respect and concern for others both inside and outside school hours. SLIS treats any form of bullying as a serious offence. In addition to incidences at school, cyber bullying may also occur off-campus or outside of school time. If the cyber bullying action is intended to have an effect on a student or it adversely affects the safety and wellbeing of a student while in school, SLIS will discipline students involved.

Fighting and Harassment

SLIS supports students in managing their anger and in resolving their conflicts in a timely and constructive manner. The school prohibits any form of fighting or harassment.

Stealing

Students are expected to take steps to protect their personal property. We encourage students to leave valuables at home. Any student caught stealing will face serious consequences, as determined by the Principal and the police if necessary.

Personal property

For current primary year students, valuable accessories and personal technology devices such as jewelry, music players and other PDAs are not allowed to be taken to school.


Library

The library resources are appropriate for the students learning at school and at home online learning with a range of web-based applications.

Computer and Internet facilities are provided, and a wide range of books and other resources allow students to research school work as well as serving them for leisure reading. The qualified teacher-librarian is available to help students with their work in the library.

Additionally, the librarian has an on-going programme of instruction in the effective use of libraries, how to access information, how to support student learning etc. The wide range of books reflects the diverse interests and cultures of our school community and assists in our aim for international and intercultural awareness.


Information Communication and Technology

Computers and carts of IPads are available for use in teaching areas. Agreements should be signed by parents prior to student use.

Taking Care of School Devices

SLIS may provide users with devices to promote learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Users should abide by the same acceptable use policies when using school devices off the school network as on the school network.

Users are expected to treat these devices with extreme care and caution; these are expensive devices that the school is entrusting to your care. Users should report any loss, damage, or malfunction to IT staff immediately. Users may be financially accountable for any damage resulting from negligence or misuse. School mobile devices that are broken or fail to work properly at the time they are in the custody of the students or staff must be taken promptly to the IT technician for an evaluation of the equipment.

Network Connectivity

SLIS makes no guarantee that their network will be up and running 100% of the time. In the rare case that the network is down, the school will not be responsible for lost or missing data.


Security

The school is sensitive to the importance of security for the well-being and safety of all students and staff. The site is fenced and, as well as a 24-hour guard, has CCTV for monitoring the perimeter. During the school day, the only point of entry is through the Main Gate, where visitors must register and receive a visitor’s badge. All school staff and volunteers have to have background checks before they are employed. There is a policy for emergency situations that may arise. Students are required to be familiar with fire and evacuation procedures and these are practised regularly.


ManageBac, Seesaw

All the students’ work can be found on ‘ManageBac’ and ’Seesaw’. Each student and parent will be given a login to the school’s online accounts.


Safety and Security Procedures

In order to ensure secure learning environment, the school offers:

  • Supervision of play areas at break and lunchtimes;
  • Regular practice of emergency procedures including fire drills;
  • External CCTV monitors
  • Staff to supervise arrival and departure times
  • Visitors to School

In the interests of security, all visitors are required to report to security and then reception. The visitor is given a visitor badge. Those without the official badge will be requested to leave a picture ID. Visitors are restricted to the areas in which they have a meeting. Strangers will be challenged by staff and/or the police may be called.

Parental Absence

If parents are due to be away from home, the school must be informed in writing in the interests of student safety and security. The name of the adult assuming responsibility for the child’s welfare must be given to the school, along with all the contact details. This policy is inclusive of all students no matter the age.

Students Leaving the Site During the School Day

Students may not leave campus for any reason without the prior approval of a parent or guardian. Occasionally a parent may wish to take their child out for a medical appointment; again the school must receive the request in advance through ManageBac.

Students going home because they are sick will receive a special pass from the school nurse. Parents who arrive to pick-up their child(ren) must wait in the SLIS office/ reception. The student will be located by a staff member and brought to the reception. Parents are not allowed to go looking for their child(ren) at any time. Parents dropping off forgotten/left items from home must have the item clearly identified with the student’s name and homeroom teacher attached to the item. The item will be delivered at the first opportunity; however, lost items are not the responsibility of the school.

Food

Food is available at school and any concerns about the school catering should be addressed to the school nurse. The philosophy of the school is to teach healthy eating habits and therefore the availability of such things as fried foods and fizzy drinks are unavailable. Fresh fruit are available in the cafeteria every day.

As part of our understanding about how children learn best, students are encouraged to drink plenty of water both during and outside lesson times. In lesson time, a bottle of water may be kept on a student’s desk and drunk from freely, outside lesson time water dispensers are available.

Facilities and Cleaning

The facilities are managed by our Director of Logistics. The school teaches students respect for their environment and seeks support from the parents in reinforcing this message. The expectation is that all members of the school community will be proud of their facilities and happy to maintain its high standards. The CCTV will be used to identify any individual who damages the school.

As well as a cleaning company which cleans after school hours and during vacations, there are full-time members of staff on the premises all day to keep a check on lavatories, clean up spills and keep the premises safe and healthy for the students. Students are requested to respect the cleaning staff by clearing up their own mess and keeping their classrooms clear of rubbish and clutter. They are also responsible for keeping their lockers in a clean and tidy condition.

Courtesy

Good manners are welcome in every culture and at SLIS we respect one another. People walk on the right in corridors and on the stairs. Doors are held open for others and students are expected to allow adults to go through doorways first. Movement between lessons is done quietly, with regard to other students who may still be in class.

New students are appointed buddies as they arrive to start school. The buddies are responsible for orientating the new students e.g. showing them where the lavatories are located, procedures for break times and the canteen. They also help students to quickly make the transition into their new school life.

Students are addressed by their first name by staff and address staff as Mr./Ms./Mrs. and then their surname. Some teachers prefer to be called by their first name.

Parents, please show the security and cleaning staff the same respect that you would show anyone else. They serve our school with pride and take care of our children's safety and clean school environment.

Medical Clinic

To ensure the well-being of students, the school provides a full-time Nurse. The Nurse is responsible for giving first aid and caring for sick children. They maintain the accident forms and deal with any emergencies requiring medical help. In the event of your child’s sudden illness or accident, every effort will be made to contact you or the emergency contact on your child’s record.

Please ensure all information is updated regularly as the school nurses together with senior management may have to take a decision to send a child to the nearest available clinic with a member of staff in an ambulance.

There is one clinic for consultations and health care. If a student needs bed rest or to be observed for a short period, there is a room for this. However, if his/her condition warrants different treatment, when parents are contacted and, if necessary, a transfer to hospital is arranged. If in the event that parents can't be contacted, then the school nurses together with senior management may under certain emergency circumstances take the decision to call an ambulance and send a member of staff with the child to the nearest available clinic / hospital. Upon joining the school, all students are required to provide accurate health information to school.

Medicine

When a child is on medication for an illness, it is often better to keep her/him at home until s/he feels better. If the doctor recommends a return to school but with prescribed medicine, this must be given to the Nurse labelled with the student’s name and with clear written instructions or the prescription for administering the medicine. Students should only have medicines with them (such as an asthma inhaler) with which they are familiar and confident to use. All other medicines should be handed in to the Nurse. Epi-pens, insulin and other medicines should be stored in the fridge in the infirmary and be clearly labelled with the student’s name and dosage.

Doctors or dental appointments

In the instance that you require to withdraw your son/daughter during school hours for dental or medical appointments please ensure that you send a message (in advance) to your child's homeroom teacher stating the date and time of the appointment through ManageBac.

This is essential as we can register your child accordingly. In addition, upon your son/daughters return to school provide evidence of your appointment, this can be in the form of a clinic receipt, prescription copy or simple a screenshot of your appointments confirmation text. A formal medical certificate is not necessary in this case.

Special Diets

The school canteen provides healthy options and there is always a vegetarian alternative available for students who may not be able to eat the meat or fish on offer.

Accidents During School Time

Serious accidents in school are very rare. However, minor accidents do occur and are promptly dealt with by the staff. A blow to the head is referred to the Nurse (bumps when two heads collide happen occasionally during soccer games in break time). If she is concerned about any accident, she will contact the parents. If a student has to be taken to hospital, an ambulance is called and every effort is made to contact the parents or the emergency contact name.

Illness During School Time

If a child feels unwell at school s/he is sent to the clinic. A mild medicine may be given (please make sure you sign the agreement/non-agreement form for over the counter medicines) and after the student has recovered, s/he usually goes back to class. In the event of a more serious illness, parents are contacted and asked to pick up their child.

Return to School After Illness

Please ensure that your child is really able to cope with school before allowing her/him to return. If a course of medicine is prescribed, please follow the guidelines in “Medicines in School”. A doctor’s note will be required if your child misses more than 3 consecutive days from school.

Contagious Diseases

Students who are unwell with infectious diseases should not be in school. These diseases may include: Chickenpox, Diphtheria, Rubella, Hepatitis, Impetigo, Measles, Meningitis, Strep throat, Mumps, Pneumonia, Poliomyelitis, Scarlet Fever, Tuberculosis, Whooping Cough, and Influenza. This list is not exhaustive and may include others as advised by the School Nurse. Please inform the school immediately if your child has a serious contagious disease.

Head Lice contamination is not a disease. However, children suffering from Head Lice should be kept at home and treated immediately. They may return to school when there is no evidence of live lice. The Nurse must be informed.

After a serious illness, a doctor should confirm in writing that the child is fit to return to school.

Health Education

Through our curriculum programmes we encourage students to develop a healthy respect for themselves and others. Hygiene is a health priority and we aim to encourage this during class time as well. We ask parents to do the same at home.


Emergency Procedure

School emergency refers to any issues in relation to teachers’ or students’ physical or property safety arising from teaching and learning, such as extreme weather condition, fire, earthquake, mass food poisoning, infectious disease, injury and school bus traffic accident.

Extreme Weather Condition

Weather Alert

Procedure

The school may be required to close on short notice under extreme weather conditions. Parents and families should pay attention to SHENZHEN WEATHER (szmb.com or via WeChat) regarding weather alerts before you send your children to school.

Alert issued between 6:30am and 8:00am

If such warnings are issued before school starts, the general procedure is to announce school closure immediately. Text messages will be sent by the Admin & HR Department to all staff and parents in 30 minutes. Parents should stop sending children to school when such an alert is issued with or without the school’s notice.

Alert issued between 8:00am and 16:45pm

In the case where students have already arrived at the school before the alert is issued, the school will continue the classes until the school time is up. Outdoor activities must stop immediately and students should go back to the classroom. Meanwhile, homeroom teachers must supervise the students to ensure their safety. Unless being collected by parents/guardians, the student cannot leave the school.

Fire and Lockdown

If you are on campus when the fire alarm sounds (a long continuous ring) please follow the crowds in an orderly fashion and assemble with the staff on the side of the sports pitch.

If the lockdown is sounded (LOCKDOWN!一级防范!-The announcement will be repeated for 3 times.), please make your way to the nearest classroom or follow the instructions of the staff.


Student Council and Student Leadership Team

Primary School

Students are encouraged to determine their own high standards by discussion through academic programmes and through other opportunities in school. For example, Grade 4 students are taking leadership roles in various aspects at SLIS. Students in other grades will be given opportunities to lead as well.

Community and Service

As part of our programmes, community and service are very important features. From the Primary years, our students are made aware of the value of having a caring, community and service oriented society and are educated to be aware of the needs of different communities and develop plans for supporting those needs. Organisations are invited to create partnerships with our school to educate our students and to help them to move forward with their projects. It is expected that students will have sustained relationships with some organisations in order to have profound insights into their culture and communities and to be able to offer effective service.

Celebrating Diversity

Celebrating Diversity is making the most of what an International Education at Shenwai Longgang International School has to offer, creatively and culturally, to appreciate diverse cultures and to challenge prejudice and discrimination in innovative ways. Our students, staff and parents are expected to join forces to help understand and celebrate diversity.

Some ways in which this can be achieved is by:

    • Model United Nations participation and debates in future (for Grade 3 and above)
    • Supporting International Day
    • Spotlighting ways in which different groups enrich community life
    • Improving public awareness of the impacts of prejudice
    • Encouraging positive changes in people’s perceptions and practice


Social Media

Due to the wealth of new social media tools available to students, student products and documents have the potential to reach audiences far beyond the classroom. This translates into a greater level of responsibility and accountability for everyone. Below are guidelines SLIS students and parents should adhere to when using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom.

Be aware of what you post online. Social media venues including WeChat, Weibo, blogs, photo and video sharing sites are very public. What you contribute leaves a digital footprint for all to see. Do not post anything you wouldn't want friends, enemies, parents, teachers, or a future employer to see.

Follow the school's code of conduct when writing online. It is acceptable to disagree with someone else's opinions, however, do it in a respectful way. Make sure that criticism is constructive and not hurtful. What is inappropriate in the classroom is inappropriate online. The school can, and will, discipline students for on-line behavior that is detrimental to their on-line reputation, or the reputation of the school. Students who bully, harass, ostracize or otherwise hurt the feelings or reputation of other on-line, even if the events occurred from home or outside of school hours, are subject to discipline from the school.

    • Be safe online. Never give out personal information, including, but not limited to, last names, phone numbers, addresses, exact birthdates, and pictures. Do not share your password with anyone besides your teachers and parents.
    • Linking to other websites to support your thoughts and ideas is recommended. However, be sure to read the entire article prior to linking to ensure that all information is appropriate for a school setting.
    • Do not use other people's intellectual property without their permission. It is a violation of copyright law to copy and paste other's thoughts. When paraphrasing another's idea(s) be sure to cite your source with the URL. It is good practice to hyperlink to your sources.
    • Be aware that pictures may also be protected under copyright laws. Verify you have permission to use the image or it is under Creative Commons attribution.
    • How you represent yourself online is an extension of your personal image. Do not misrepresent yourself by using someone else's identity.
    • Blog and posts should be well written. Follow writing conventions including proper grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. If you edit someone else's work be sure it is in the spirit of improving the writing.
    • If you run across inappropriate material that makes you feel uncomfortable, or is not respectful, tell your teacher right away.

Students who do not abide by these terms and conditions may lose their opportunity to take part in the project and/or access to future use of online tools.