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Health & Safety Policy

 
Prasarnmit Primary International Program (PPiP)
 
Reviewed by: Lavinia De Vivo
Review Period: 2 years     
Date Adopted: May 2016
Next Review: May 2018
 
Contents
 
Our School Vision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Introduction to Policy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 & 3
Arrival and Collection of Students  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
Indoor Safety  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 & 4
Outdoor Safety  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Medical Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Allergies  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Sanitisation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Smoking and Alcohol Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
 
Our School Vision
 
The creation of our school vision involved the whole school community. Prasarnmit Primary International Program (PPiP) is a nurturing, inclusive school that provides children with the knowledge and skills to prepare them for their future in an ever changing world.
 
At PPiP, we educate and support the whole child by providing opportunities for each child to find and nurture their own unique talents and abilities. At PPiP we offer a safe environment that promotes tolerance and respect as part of an international community. We motivate our students to be happy and confident learners. We create a culture of accomplishment within a vibrant and stimulating learning environment ensuring positive reinforcement at all levels of ability through appropriately differentiated expectations. Children strive to reach their full potential and become independent learners through an engaging and creative curriculum. Our vision is for PPiP pupils to become lifelong learners, who are able to use their own initiative to encourage themselves to grow in confidence and become positive contributors to society. 
 
Introduction
 
All staff at PPiP believe that the health and safety of children and persons within the school is of great importance. It is our intention to prevent accidents and occupational ill health and where possible eliminate hazards in the workplace.
 
It is the intent of the Management team to ensure that a safe and healthy workplace is provided and maintained for all our employees. This will include the provision of safe systems of work, safe equipment and a safe access and exit to/from the premises. We will ensure that adequate information, instruction, training and supervision is provided to ensure that staff can carry out their work safely.
 
The Headteacher and governors will ensure that others who are affected by our activities are not subjected to risks to their health and safety. This will include pupils, visitors, parents, volunteers and contractors.
 
These responsibilities will be achieved by the establishment of an effective health and safety management system within the school. We believe that health and safety standards will be maintained only with the co-operation of all staff, pupils and visitors to the school. We expect all staff to co-operate fully with this policy. In addition we will ensure that all pupils, visitors and contractors are provided with the information they require to enable them to comply with this policy.
 
The effectiveness of the policy will be regularly monitored to ensure that health and safety arrangements are being implemented. The policy will be reviewed annually and revised where necessary.
 
Arrival and Collection of Students
 
When children arrive in the morning, they are dropped off, scanned in (via scan in/out machine at either gate or just outside PPiP entrance) and signed in by their Parent/Guardian. The parents will then receive a notification with the time they have signed into school and a photo of the child being dropped off.
 
When children are collected at the end of each day, a similar process is followed; the class teacher will bring the children downstairs, line them up and wait for their parents to arrive before allowing any child to leave. When parents arrive, they must show their ID card which has a photograph of the child they are collecting and their child’s name. The parent will then sign the child out and the child will scan out using the machine which again will send a notification to the parent regarding sign out time. If any child is being collected by someone different on a particular day, that person must hold the ID card for said child and the child’s Parent/Guardian will be expected to have already informed their child’s class teacher.
 
Indoor Safety
 
Children are aware of the rules in the different areas inside the school regarding their own safety.
 
Classroom expectations:
 

  • Children do not run around inside their classrooms
  • Children must enter classrooms sensibly to avoid collision at the curtains (entrance to classrooms)
  • Children must only be inside the classrooms if there is a teacher present
  • Children must inform teachers if they want to leave the classroom for any reason (toilet, drink, medical room)
 
Indoor play area expectations:
 
  • Children can only play in this area with teacher supervision
  • Children must remove shoes and socks to play on either the hard or soft play areas
  • Soft area items must stay within the soft play area and must not be thrown or kicked
  • Children are not allowed to climb on the soft area sides (attached to wall)
  • Children are not allowed to jump on or from the hard play area
  • Any spillages on the floor will be immediately reported and cleaned
 
Stair expectations:
 
  • The entrances to the stairs going downstairs on each floor are guarded by a stair gate to prevent children from going downstairs
  • Children must walk up and down the stairs sensibly, holding on to a railing
  • No children should go up or downstairs independently; Nursery must always be with an adult, Reception students may walk upstairs with a friend to classes, Year 1’s may walk downstairs with a friend to classes
Toilet expectations:
 
  • Children are required to ask a teacher before going to the toilet
  • Housemaids are available on both floors to help children if necessary
  • As year 1 are required to exit PPiP to use the toilets in the Thai section, a housemaid monitors the door to the Thai section on floor 3 and is able to see the children go to and from the toilet at all times
 
Outdoor Safety
 
Children are aware of the rules in the different areas outside the school regarding their own safety.
 
Year 1 are able to go outside during their lunch break, they are allowed to walk downstairs and outside independently to the designated area they are playing in that day (they will be informed beforehand). Three members of staff will supervise the children outside, one of which will ensure that when the children reach the bottom of the stairs they go straight to the playground. The children will be asked to fill up their water bottle and use the toilet before going outside to prevent them re entering the building or going missing.
 
All children in PPiP will not be taken outside in extreme heat. When they are outside, the time spent in the sun will be limited, teachers will encourage them to stay in the shaded areas and they will bring their water out and be encouraged to drink frequently. Children may also wear a sun hat if they want to.
 
Medical Room
 
The medical room is located on the ground floor of PPiP, it is run by a qualified nurse who is there daily from 7am-4.30pm. All medicines are kept up high in cupboards and if the room is ever left unattended, the nurse will lock the door to prevent children from entering.
 
Upon arrival daily, children will have their temperature checked by the nurse. If the child has a temperature, to prevent the spread of illness, we will ask the parent to take their child back home. Children may also need to be administered medicine throughout the day, if so then parents must hand all medicine to the nurse upon arrival, the bottle must be clearly labelled with the child’s name and how often they must take the medicine during the day. The parent may also want to speak to the nurse directly regarding the medicine and how often it should be taken. The nurse is the only person who is allowed to administer medicine during the day and all medicine must be returned to the child’s parent/guardian, not to the child, at the end of each day, unless advised by parents to remain in school otherwise. All nurses that work at PPiP will have a file on each child and will be aware of any allergies that a child may have.
 
The decision to send a child down to the medical room is for the teacher’s discretion. If they allow any child to go he/she will give the child a medical pass and the child must show this to the nurse to ensure that children are not abusing the use of the medical room and so that the nurse is aware that the child’s teacher knows where they are. Year 1 and Reception students are able to walk downstairs to the medical room independently, however Nursery students must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No children will ever be left unattended in the room. If a child has an accident or is unwell, the class teacher will inform the parent at the end of the day unless the accident/illness is an emergency/serious then the parent may need to collect the child.
 
Allergies
 
The named persons in charge of children’s allergies are Kunsarun Chawengson (Mr Tian) and Salisa Pisaisamonkhet (Miss Pim).
 
They have the following responsibilities within their role:
 
  • To find out about all allergies in the school and note them down
  • To ensure that all class teachers are informed of any allergies
  • To inform all housekeepers of any food allergies
 
Once the class teacher is informed of their classes allergies, if any, it is their sole responsibility to ensure that the children are not subjected to any of their allergies.
 
Sanitisation
 
All classrooms, toilets and shared areas are cleaned, swept and mopped daily. All children and members of staff are required to wear slippers inside the classrooms to keep the floors as clean as possible. Toys in all classrooms are disinfected half termly throughout the year. If any kind of serious illness outbreak occurs within the school, the school will be closed and all classrooms and toys disinfected to prevent spreading of that illness.
 
Members of staff whom are unwell are encouraged to stay at home or if in school to wear a mask to prevent germs spreading. Children are encouraged to also stay at home if they are unwell, until they are completely recovered.
 
We encourage children to wash their hands before eating, after going to the toilet and if they cough or sneeze. Children also brush their teeth after eating to get rid of any bacteria in their mouth.
 
Smoking and Alcohol policy
 
The Prasarnmit Primary International Program and Prasarnmit Demonstation School Elementary are non-smoking areas at all times. Under no circumstance should any parent, member of staff or visitor smoke anywhere in grounds of the two schools. The two schools are also alcohol free and no alcohol should ever be consumed or brought onto the school grounds.