KIS takes great pride in developing and maintaining a supportive and inclusive community for its students, parents, and staff. This means ensuring that all members of the community are safe, cared for, and welcomed. Policies, procedures, and practices in several key areas build the foundation upon which this initiative is built.
The following summaries highlight the key areas that we have used to build this foundation. All members of the KIS community are encouraged to explore these areas so that we all act in the best interest of our students in an ever growing community.
Safe Hiring Procedures
The thorough recruitment practices at KIS start with the advertising of positions and continue through the mandatory probationary period, and an ongoing cycle of goal setting and appraisal. Through a thorough interviewing process, conducting professional referencing, checking qualifications and places of previous employment as well as police criminal reference checks for all staff we can ensure we are doing everything possible to employ the very best people to join our school community. All staff at KIS understand and sign a Code of Conduct highlighting all the key policies regarding health, safety and well being.
Safeguarding and Child Protection
KIS is a ‘Child Safe’ School. Our Child Protection and Safeguarding policies and procedures have been commended by the Council of International Schools. There are clear guidelines for all community members regarding expectations when working with our students to ensure their safety and well being whilst in the care of our community. Training is provided for all staff to ensure they are aware of our child protection protocol. These guidelines also outline and support the protocol of reporting any child protection issue and the systems in place to guide and work them through.
In the Primary School students are involved in setting classroom agreements of acceptable behaviour regarding their conduct at school. These agreements, combined with clear policies for school wide behaviour expectations ensure that each student knows what is expected of them and the consequences for not complying with the agreement.
At KIS we advocate for inclusivity. Our students are encouraged to celebrate each other’s differences and to acknowledge each other’s strengths and talents. With such a diverse student community, this means that our students are constantly developing their multicultural and international mindsets. Systems and procedures are available to support our students and families throughout their transitions into our community. All members of staff engage in the systems and additional services are offered by the Student Support Team and the School Counselors whenever necessary. By regularly reflecting on our community’s development we are able to continuously grow and progress.
Social and Emotional Support
Students are supported, if needed, with solving problems, issues relating to friendships, relationships, peer pressure and other problems that may occur in their lives. Strong pastoral care practices, Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum and social emotional counselors all support our students well-being. At KIS we have a clear definition of what bullying is and is not. Should the need arise our, no tolerance anti-bullying policy and procedures, and support staff scaffold students as they deal with the situation.
Student Support Services
The Student Support Team collaborates with all appropriate teachers, and pastoral colleagues to ensure that learning for all students is given equal priority and that available resources are used to maximum effect. The support team works in coordination with all stakeholders to ensure that provisions are made for individual students with learning needs.
The CCTV cameras, automated flap-gates, personal electronic ID cards, and our professional and friendly school guards stationed at the entrance to the school ensure that all community members are accounted for and safe when on campus. Visitors to KIS are personally escorted around the campus. Thanks to these precautions, parents can feel assured that their children are safe and able to move around their school without any concern.
The school has elaborate measures in place to support student health. All staff at KIS who work directly with the students regularly partake in First Aid training. The school has an infirmary will full time medical staff and first aid equipment which includes AED devices. To help prevent infectious diseases, everyone entering the KIS campus has their temperature checked and anyone with a fever will not be allowed into the school. Furthermore, external factors such as air quality, temperature and weather conditions are monitored and procedures are in place to deal with these to keep the children safe.
To help everyone be prepared in case of an emergency, students and staff partake in regular fire drills and lockdown drills. Emergency and crisis plans are also in place so the school can act quickly and effectively to any situations that may arise.