Health, Safety and Security
This handbook provides you with information that will help you become acquainted with the aims and objectives of the school, a brief overview of the curriculum as well as practical day-to-day information.
- General Health and Illness
- Infectious and Communicable Diseases
- Administration of Medications
- Counselling Services
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Safety and Security
- Emergency Closure and Evacuation
- Continuity of Learning in the Middle School
A nurse is available on campus from 08:30 – 18:00 in order to meet the medical needs of the students. Parents are requested to complete a health record form for each of their children at the beginning of every school year and keep the nurse updated of any changes that occur.
The school works to maintain a healthy environment to enable learning. We ask that parents keep their child at home from school if they have a fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, severe cold or cough or can not partake in the full school day.
If your child is ill, please notify the school office before 08:45 by calling 041 768 29 00 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child has a communicable disease, please inform the school nurse immediately. Guidelines to common infectious diseases and exclusion from school times are given in the following Infectious and Communicable Diseases section.
If a medical reason prohibits your child from going outside for breaks or from participating in Physical Education or swimming classes, your child must bring a note to their class teacher.
Should a child require medical attention or needs to be collected early due to the onset of illness, the School Nurses will notify parents. If parents cannot be reached, the emergency contact person provided on the Health Form will be contacted.
Medication will not be given to your child unless written instructions or verbal confirmation is received from a parent. If your child needs medication through the school day, please contact the nurse on duty by telephone at 041 768 29 11.
In the interest of dental health, the school does not encourage the eating of chocolate or sweets in school. We, therefore, request that the children do not bring these to school. Chewing gum is strictly forbidden.
Some communicable diseases require exclusion from school and treatment prior to return to school. The length of exclusion given is a minimal period of time and there is an expectation that children, upon their return to school, will be free of symptoms and feeling well enough to participate in the full school programme.
- Fever – exclusion from school until the child is feeling well and has been fever-free for 24 hours. In children aged 3 – 5 year old, a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius is a fever. In children aged 6 years and above, a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius is a fever.
- Covid-19 - exclusion for minimum of 10 days and also symptom free for 48 hours prior to returning to school. Siblings must also remain off school for the exclusion period.
- Chicken Pox (Varicella) – exclusion for 5 days from onset of rash and all spots dried up and scabbed over.
- Diarrhoea and/or vomiting – exclusion for 2 days from the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. Exclusion from swimming should be for 2 weeks following the last episode of diarrhoea.
- German Measles (Rubella) – exclusion for 5 days from onset of rash.
- Hand, Foot and Mouth – no exclusion. Return to school when feeling well.
- Head Lice (Pediculosis) – no exclusion (see policy on school website).
- Impetigo – exclusion until lesions are crusted or healed or after 48 hours of antibiotic treatment with the lesions covered.
- Infectious Mononucleosis (Glandular Fever/ Epstein-Barr virus) – no exclusion required. Return to school when feeling well.
- Influenza – exclusion from school until symptoms have disappeared and fever free for 24 hours.
- Measles – exclusion for 5 days from onset of rash.
- Mumps – exclusion for 5 days from onset of swollen glands.
- Ringworm – exclusion until treatment has started.
- Scarlet Fever – exclusion for 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
- Whooping Cough (Pertussis) – exclusion for 5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment.
These exclusion policies follow the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Protection Agency.
Parents should tell the school nurse of any regular or temporarily prescribed medication(s) their children may be taking. If students require medication during the school day, this should be supervised and dispensed by the school nurse only. Please send the medication(s) in their original packaging with written details of the administration requirements to the nurse.
If your child requires emergency medication, such as an EpiPen, a set of these must be kept in the nurse's office. We recommend that your child has a second set of emergency medications in their school bag. This is a requirement if they are to use the school bus service. All faculty and staff at ISZL are trained in First Aid and on how to use an EpiPen.
Please inform the school via the Health Form of your children’s allergies at the beginning of each school year. We maintain a list of children with allergies and share this with kitchen staff and teachers. The kitchen team is well aware of the risks concerning food-related allergies. In relation to nuts, all packaged foods are checked before ordering for their ingredients. Although the utmost care is taken, we cannot guarantee that some of the products will not contain traces of nuts.
The three Counsellors at the Zug Campus are certified school counsellors and provide services to students, parents and members of staff. The role of the Counsellors is designed to serve and assist the needs of students, primarily being a student advocate. The counsellors serve as a bridge between students, teachers, and parents working to create an environment conducive to learning where everyone works towards supporting student success.
Services offered by the counselling department are preventive, collaborative, and remedial in nature and focus on the social, emotional and developmental needs of individuals. Students, teachers, or parents can request counselling. Referrals are made to outside agencies when appropriate. They can be contacted by email at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Safety and security are the responsibilities of all. Staff and parents must be equally committed to the process to ensure success. Personal safety, school security and ultimately the safety of the wider community will only be attained when all parties join together in maintaining a safe campus environment.
To assist us with security, all adults on school grounds must clearly wear and visibly display an ISZL issued identification badge.
All visitors must report directly to the school office upon arrival in order to sign in and to receive a temporary visitor badge. If visitors are queried about their presence on campus, we trust that they will be patient and recognise that those asking are being vigilant and are interested in the security and safety of our students.More information about obtaining badges may be found on the Parent Portal section of the school website (www.iszl.ch).
In the event of an emergency school closure, the Director will initiate emergency closure procedures, an announcement will be placed on the ISZL website and an SMS text message sent to all parents and staff. These same means will be used to update parents as to the status of the closure and if continuity of learning steps are to be implemented.
In the event of evacuation procedures at school, an alarm will sound (continuous wailing siren). Faculty will then direct students, parents and visitors to move silently, quickly and in an orderly manner to the nearest designated safe route and onto the evacuation staging area, which is the hardtop play area at the front of the campus.
Periodic drills occur to ensure that in the event of an evacuation event everyone knows what they should do. Every alarm is to be taken seriously and approached as if the situation were real. Exit routes and procedures are posted in each room, and when the alarm sounds everyone must leave the building and report to the assembly area/hard surface as quickly and quietly as possible. Buildings can only be re-entered after an all-clear signal is given by the Fire Marshall.
Students will gather on the assembly area/hard surface within their class or homeroom groups and staff will check the attendance. This is a critical reason why the school office must be notified when students will be absent and why students must be signed in and out by adults when leaving the campus during the school day.
In the event of an emergency school closure, the Director will initiate emergency closure procedures. An announcement of the closure will be placed on the ISZL website and an SMS text message will be sent to all parents and staff. This same method of communication will also be used to update parents about the status of the closure and if continuity of learning steps will be implemented.
If it is considered necessary that teaching and learning will need to continue off-site, then we will maintain continuity of student learning through the use of ISZL’s Schoology environment and our Google Suite for Education (GAFE) environment as well as other established online tools and course routines. Learning will continue to be developmentally appropriate and based on the planned curriculum.
It is assumed that every home has a computer with a reliable Internet connection, which children can access.
As a result of their normal classroom activities, students in the Middle School are familiar with navigating and using the Schoology and Google Suite environments. In cases in which the students are not familiar (i.e., students new to the school), parents will be provided instructions on how students can start using these environments.
Teachers will communicate directly with students via Schoology courses. Learning materials will be provided via the resource area of their courses. The established timetable will be used in order for the teachers to schedule regular online discussions with the class group designed to engage students with the learning materials provided. Teachers will also establish times during the day in which they will respond directly to student inquiries via the Schoology private messaging or e-mail facilities.
Students will be able to submit work for review and assessment via the Schoology assignment drop-boxes or through the Google Suite shared document facility. Teachers will be able to provide regular and prompt feedback on work submitted by students through the comment feature of the Schoology assignment drop-box and/or Google Suite environment or through direct electronic communication of the assessment rubric.
Parents would be able to monitor work and deadlines set, directions given to students as well as the involvement of their children in discussions through the Schoology environment as they are during the normal operation of the school.
We would expect school closure to be a rare event and this regime will be a different experience for our students as well as for parents and teachers. As such, parents may need to provide additional monitoring and support to ensure that their child is being successful under such conditions. This may necessarily involve additional communication with the teachers as well.
Students will be expected to engage fully in the learning activities that are set by their teachers including active participation in online scheduled discussions. Students will need to be proactive in seeking help and clarification from their teachers when they feel unsure.