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Emergency

Emergency Drills

Emergency drills are held periodically during the school year. When the emergency bell rings, students exit the classrooms in an orderly manner and line up in the field close to the school entrance. Attendance is taken and procedures are followed to ensure student safety.

Emergency Situations

In case of a general emergency that threatens the safety of the students and staff, parents will be notified as soon as possible. Students will be temporarily housed at the school or at the Phu My Hung office complex (the Lawrence S. Ting Building) on Saigon South Parkway, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, until arrangements can be made with parents to transport students home.

Health services

Clinics, staffed by two registered nurses, are located on the ground floor of the MS and HS buildings and provides services to all students. A log is kept of all treatment, and parents are notified in the event of any serious illness or injury. For elementary students, the school nurse also carries out regular health screening including vision, hearing , and body mass index (B.M.I). Parents are notified of the results of these tests.

Nurse’s Office Functions

• Provides care to students and staff who have been injured or who present with acute illness. Evaluates and refers the cases to the other medical facilities as appropriate.

• Contributes to the control of communicable disease through immunization record keeping; the surveillance and isolation of students with contagious diseases.

• Administers medication and treatments as ordered by health care providers.

• Serves as a liaison between students, school personnel and health care providers regarding health issues.

• Provides first-aid kits on campus, school buses, field trips and sport events.

Nurse’s Office Regulations

The following regulations have been instituted regarding visits to the nurse’s office while classes are in session:

• Except in an emergency, students will have a pass from their classroom teacher to see the nurse. Otherwise, they should see the nurse during a recess or lunch period.

• Early dismissal due to illness will occur only after the student is evaluated by the nurse and upon her recommendation that the student should go home.

Injuries

• The school nurse will call parents if a student must go home due to illness or injury.

• In the event of a serious injury or illness, the nurse or an office staff member will contact the parent or guardian before transporting the student to the nearest medical facility for further emergency care. The nurse or a designated person will accompany the student to the hospital and meet the parent there. Costs associated with emergency treatment or transportation are the parents’ responsibility. The school does not provide accident insurance for incidents that occur on campus.

Medication at schoolEdit section

Students requiring prescribed medication during school hours must have on file the prescription from their physicians as well as the written authorization from the parent or legal guardian. The parent‘s written authorization must include:

• The name of student receiving the medication.

• The name and description of the medication.

• Scheduled times for the administration of the medication.

• The dosage to be given.

• Description of any possible side-effects.

• Any other contra-indications, instructions or warning.

All medications must be in the original pharmacy container. The container must be clearly marked with the patient‘s name, type of medicine and dosage.

A few over the counter medicines (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Clarityl (Loratadine)) are available and can be given if parent‘s permission is on file.

Medical records

• At the start of the school year, parents are requested to complete and submit a Health Information update and keep the school updated of any new medical information, immunization, emergency contact details which will be recorded In Powerschool.

• The school nurse has to complete, update and file medical records for all students. 

Language Philosophy & Policy

PhilosophyEdit section

SSIS has a shared vision and desire on the part of the faculty to successfully develop English language proficiency across a high quality academic curriculum, while at the same time promoting the development of each student’s home language and the acquisition of additional languages.

Saigon South International School (SSIS) is mindful of the power of language and words. As part of our core value of Respect for All, the variety of language backgrounds among our students enriches us as a community. SSIS community is a resource to foster language learning, and the acceptance of an additional language enriches personal growth, enhances first language development, and promotes diversity.

Policy

At SSIS, staff and students are expected to use English in all classes unless the class involves direct instruction in the acquisition of another language and/or mother tongue class (e.g. IB Korean). In order to promote inclusivity across all students, regardless of national or linguistic background, SSIS staff will actively encourage the use of English as the common social language. However, in line with the general belief that diversity in language is a positive element in the school, no language is banned from use during non-instructional time (changing classes, recess, lunch, and the like).

Procedures

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Academic Success

• SSIS curriculum is based on strong English language proficiency.

• All faculty are, to some extent, English language teachers.

• Students are expected to use English as their academic language at SSIS

English Language Support

• English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers support individual students in English language development.

• EAL teachers collaborate with classroom teachers in planning effective English language instruction. 

Home Language Development

• SSIS promotes the maintenance and enrichment of mother tongue languages by encouraging families to continue speaking, reading, and writing their mother tongue at home.

• To support a broader range of home language development, SSIS provides courses and opportunities to support students’ home language (e.g. SSIS provides IB Self-Taught languages, after school clubs and tutors).

• Strong home language ability contributes to successful acquisition of additional languages.

• In IB Self-Taught Language Classes, students pursue further studies of their mother tongue.

Host Country Language

• An IB Vietnamese Language (School Supported Self-Taught) course is offered in the High School.

• Saturday Vietnamese classes are provided in the high school for those Vietnamese students who need to meet the Vietnamese curriculum requirement by the Ministry of Education and Training.

• In Elementary School, students attend “Host Country Studies” classes, which expose students to Vietnamese language through the study of Vietnamese culture.

Language Acquisition Courses

• Currently, Mandarin and Spanish are offered in the Middle and High Schools.

• Basic Vietnamese is taught as a component of the Elementary School Host Country Studies program

• Vietnamese is currently being offered as a school-supported IB Self-Taught Standard Level subject in the high school.

• IB Korean Language and Literature is taught in grades 11 and 12. 

Professional Development

• All Mandarin and Spanish teachers have credentials and experience in teaching these language courses.

• All teachers of IB classes are expected to attend, at the beginning of their employment at SSIS, school sponsored IB approved workshops.

• The ES Vietnamese teacher attends continuing education courses to update her skills to teach Vietnamese to young children based on the Ministry of Education and Training requirement.

Resources & Practices

• All resources and language of instruction are in English. In all subjects where IB courses are taught, IB approved text books are used in addition to other texts.

• English as an Additional Language teachers and Learning Support teachers in all three divisions provide support to those students who have a greater need in successfully using the required level of English.

(This policy was the result of the work in 2009 to bring the school’s practices in line with IB guidelines, and was revised in 2013 as a result of a meeting with English Language Arts and English as a Second Language committee.) 

PE Swimming Class Participation Policy

Expectations: 

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At SSIS our children are very fortunate to have the opportunity to develop their swimming skills as part of their full educational experience. Starting in EC through 5th grade, we offer a unit of swimming each semester giving our children a total of 24 swimming days each year. During these classes we work to develop each child’s skills to ensure that they are moving from “Water Smart” towards “Experienced or Competitive Swimmer” levels. To make this progression, it is imperative that students be in the water during their swim class times.

Exceptions:

Edit section

Swimming is just as important to our students’ day as math & language development. When a child misses class, they will lag behind their peers. Below we’ve listed just a few of the exceptions that may happen throughout the swim unit:

Excused reasons for missing swim class:

1. Infections: Some infections like athlete’s foot or plantar’s warts can be spread to others and we would advise students with this condition to not swim or walk barefoot around the pool or locker rooms. Also ear & yeast infections may keep a child out of the pool. For any of these conditions, we require a medical note from a doctor indicating the condition and length of time required for recovery.

2. Injury: When a child is injured there will be times when going into the pool is not wise (open wounds, sprains, fractures, etc.). If the child is injured outside of the campus we require a note from the doctor indicating the type of injury and how long the child will be expected to be out of the pool. The injury may happen during the school day and we will expect the nurse to issue a note in these circumstances.

3. Absence from school due to illness: If a parent feels the child is too ill to participate in swim class, then the child should not attend any classes at school: they should remain at home until they are well enough to participate in the full academic day. Please see the parent/student handbook for details about illness and return to school.

If a student misses a swim class due to an EXCUSED absence, they will not be required to make up the lesson. However, if parents or students request to make up a missed lesson due to an excused absence, this service will be provided upon availability of swim instructors.

Unexcused reasons for missing swim class:

1. Forgot suit: If a student forgets their suit and is unable to enter the water for instruction, they must listen to the instructions of the swim class from the deck.

2. Parent or student request: If, for any other reason, a parent or student requests to not enter the water for instruction, they must listen to the instructions of the swim class from the deck.

If a student misses a swim class due to an UNEXCUSED absence, they will required to make up the swimming portion of their class during their designated recess time. In addition, their participation grade for the missed class will be given a “0” and the grade book will mark the absence as unexcused.

Consequences for UNEXCUSED absences:

1. Decrease in the child’s growth and progress of swimming skills.

2. Student misses their recess to make up the swim class.

3. Negative impact on their Physical Education (PE) grade on their report card.

4. If continued unexcused absences from swim classes occur, the consequence will be escalated. Students may begin to miss multiple recesses, serve in-school suspensions, out of school suspensions, or a meeting with parents to discuss whether SSIS is an appropriate educational program for the family

Lengthy Medical Situation: When a child is unable to participate for a substantial period of time the PE teacher will assign a “project” for the child throughout the unit to help continue their learning.

Performances

Music and drama are a part of life and activities in the school. Assemblies, special presentations, and school-wide music concerts provide an opportunity for the students to sing, play a musical instrument, act, and dance. Performances will begin promptly at the designated time. Parents are required to turn off mobile phones and are encouraged to remain for the entire performance.

To ensure a positive experience for both performers and the audience as a whole, SSIS families are asked to follow these guidelines:

• Performances will begin at the scheduled time. If you arrive late, please sit in the back. Evening performances begin at 6:30 PM.

• Mobile phones should be turned off during performances.

• The audience should remain seated during the performance and avoid talking.

• Be respectful to others in the audience if you are taking photos.

• When bringing younger children to performances, please monitor their behavior and do not permit them to bring toys and games that make noise.

Pets

Pets are not allowed on school grounds. Advance permission from the classroom teacher is required if there is an educational purpose for such a visit. 

Special Dress Days

Special Dress Days/Spirit Days are sometimes requested by the Student Council and approved by the principal. On non-uniform days, students are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate in a school setting and conforms to the standard set by the school uniform. Students may not wear short shorts or short skirts, bare mid-riffs, tight, see-through, low cut, spaghetti-string or tank tops, or pants/trousers below the waist line. Students choosing not to participate in special dress days must wear the regular school uniform.

Student Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct is simple and based primarily on the concept of respect. Students who are respectful use acceptable language and show appropriate behaviors. Hurting others through words or physical actions is not accepted and students who commit such acts will be subject to consequences appropriate to the misconduct. The Code of Conduct states the following expectations:

• We show respect to all people and all things.

• We listen when a teacher or other presenter speaks.

• We follow instructions when given instructions by school staff.

• We maintain our environment safely and without waste. Whether riding to and from home on the school bus or on field trips, students are to follow the same standards of behavior expected at school.

Major Violations

Behavior that is not in a student’s best interest or that poses a threat to others will lead to serious disciplinary action. The following offenses are considered major violations:

• Bullying

• Insubordination demonstrated toward a teacher or staff member

• Disruption of classes and interference of the teaching/ learning process

• Endangering or threatening the safety of oneself or others (this includes fighting)

• Theft

• Damaging school or personal property

• The possession of any object that can be considered a weapon

Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary steps are taken to deal with inappropriate behavior while preserving the dignity and selfesteem of the child.

One or more of the following steps may be implemented:

• Counseling by the teacher, yard or cafeteria supervisor, principal or psychologist

• Core Values Behavior Plan - Students complete a form indicating what the problem was and how s/he can improve.

• *In-School Suspension - The student will be removed from regular classes and will work in a supervised area for a part or a full day.

• *Out-of-School Suspension - A student may be suspended from school for repeated violations of the discipline policy or for behavior that is viewed by the principal as inappropriate during the school day, during a school-sponsored activity, on or off school grounds. An out-of-school suspension from school means that a student is prohibited from being on or near the school campus or attending any school-sponsored activities during the period of the suspension. The parent or guardian of the student will be notified as soon as possible when a student is to be suspended from the school.

*Parents/guardians are contacted.

SSIS will not tolerate any student misconduct which intentionally causes hurt or harms another student. In such cases, parents will be notified and the individual will be sent home for the duration of the day, or kept in school on an in-school suspension, depending upon the severity and frequency of such behavior.

Student Suspension Procedure

1. All suspensions will be documented in a letter to parents.

2. The principal will make reasonable efforts to arrange a conference with the parents and the student to explain the reasons for the suspension and its potential consequences.

Emergency

Emergency Drills

Emergency drills are held periodically during the school year. When the emergency bell rings, students exit the classrooms in an orderly manner and line up in the field close to the school entrance. Attendance is taken and procedures are followed to ensure student safety.

Emergency Situations

In case of a general emergency that threatens the safety of the students and staff, parents will be notified as soon as possible. Students will be temporarily housed at the school or at the Phu My Hung office complex (the Lawrence S. Ting Building) on Saigon South Parkway, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, until arrangements can be made with parents to transport students home.

Health services

Clinics, staffed by two registered nurses, are located on the ground floor of the MS and HS buildings and provides services to all students. A log is kept of all treatment, and parents are notified in the event of any serious illness or injury. For elementary students, the school nurse also carries out regular health screening including vision, hearing , and body mass index (B.M.I). Parents are notified of the results of these tests.

Nurse’s Office Functions

• Provides care to students and staff who have been injured or who present with acute illness. Evaluates and refers the cases to the other medical facilities as appropriate.

• Contributes to the control of communicable disease through immunization record keeping; the surveillance and isolation of students with contagious diseases.

• Administers medication and treatments as ordered by health care providers.

• Serves as a liaison between students, school personnel and health care providers regarding health issues.

• Provides first-aid kits on campus, school buses, field trips and sport events.

Nurse’s Office Regulations

The following regulations have been instituted regarding visits to the nurse’s office while classes are in session:

• Except in an emergency, students will have a pass from their classroom teacher to see the nurse. Otherwise, they should see the nurse during a recess or lunch period.

• Early dismissal due to illness will occur only after the student is evaluated by the nurse and upon her recommendation that the student should go home.

Injuries

• The school nurse will call parents if a student must go home due to illness or injury.

• In the event of a serious injury or illness, the nurse or an office staff member will contact the parent or guardian before transporting the student to the nearest medical facility for further emergency care. The nurse or a designated person will accompany the student to the hospital and meet the parent there. Costs associated with emergency treatment or transportation are the parents’ responsibility. The school does not provide accident insurance for incidents that occur on campus.

Medication at schoolEdit section

Students requiring prescribed medication during school hours must have on file the prescription from their physicians as well as the written authorization from the parent or legal guardian. The parent‘s written authorization must include:

• The name of student receiving the medication.

• The name and description of the medication.

• Scheduled times for the administration of the medication.

• The dosage to be given.

• Description of any possible side-effects.

• Any other contra-indications, instructions or warning.

All medications must be in the original pharmacy container. The container must be clearly marked with the patient‘s name, type of medicine and dosage.

A few over the counter medicines (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Clarityl (Loratadine)) are available and can be given if parent‘s permission is on file.

Medical records

• At the start of the school year, parents are requested to complete and submit a Health Information update and keep the school updated of any new medical information, immunization, emergency contact details which will be recorded In Powerschool.

• The school nurse has to complete, update and file medical records for all students. 

Language Philosophy & Policy

PhilosophyEdit section

SSIS has a shared vision and desire on the part of the faculty to successfully develop English language proficiency across a high quality academic curriculum, while at the same time promoting the development of each student’s home language and the acquisition of additional languages.

Saigon South International School (SSIS) is mindful of the power of language and words. As part of our core value of Respect for All, the variety of language backgrounds among our students enriches us as a community. SSIS community is a resource to foster language learning, and the acceptance of an additional language enriches personal growth, enhances first language development, and promotes diversity.

Policy

At SSIS, staff and students are expected to use English in all classes unless the class involves direct instruction in the acquisition of another language and/or mother tongue class (e.g. IB Korean). In order to promote inclusivity across all students, regardless of national or linguistic background, SSIS staff will actively encourage the use of English as the common social language. However, in line with the general belief that diversity in language is a positive element in the school, no language is banned from use during non-instructional time (changing classes, recess, lunch, and the like).

Procedures

Edit section

Academic Success

• SSIS curriculum is based on strong English language proficiency.

• All faculty are, to some extent, English language teachers.

• Students are expected to use English as their academic language at SSIS

English Language Support

• English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers support individual students in English language development.

• EAL teachers collaborate with classroom teachers in planning effective English language instruction. 

Home Language Development

• SSIS promotes the maintenance and enrichment of mother tongue languages by encouraging families to continue speaking, reading, and writing their mother tongue at home.

• To support a broader range of home language development, SSIS provides courses and opportunities to support students’ home language (e.g. SSIS provides IB Self-Taught languages, after school clubs and tutors).

• Strong home language ability contributes to successful acquisition of additional languages.

• In IB Self-Taught Language Classes, students pursue further studies of their mother tongue.

Host Country Language

• An IB Vietnamese Language (School Supported Self-Taught) course is offered in the High School.

• Saturday Vietnamese classes are provided in the high school for those Vietnamese students who need to meet the Vietnamese curriculum requirement by the Ministry of Education and Training.

• In Elementary School, students attend “Host Country Studies” classes, which expose students to Vietnamese language through the study of Vietnamese culture.

Language Acquisition Courses

• Currently, Mandarin and Spanish are offered in the Middle and High Schools.

• Basic Vietnamese is taught as a component of the Elementary School Host Country Studies program

• Vietnamese is currently being offered as a school-supported IB Self-Taught Standard Level subject in the high school.

• IB Korean Language and Literature is taught in grades 11 and 12. 

Professional Development

• All Mandarin and Spanish teachers have credentials and experience in teaching these language courses.

• All teachers of IB classes are expected to attend, at the beginning of their employment at SSIS, school sponsored IB approved workshops.

• The ES Vietnamese teacher attends continuing education courses to update her skills to teach Vietnamese to young children based on the Ministry of Education and Training requirement.

Resources & Practices

• All resources and language of instruction are in English. In all subjects where IB courses are taught, IB approved text books are used in addition to other texts.

• English as an Additional Language teachers and Learning Support teachers in all three divisions provide support to those students who have a greater need in successfully using the required level of English.

(This policy was the result of the work in 2009 to bring the school’s practices in line with IB guidelines, and was revised in 2013 as a result of a meeting with English Language Arts and English as a Second Language committee.) 

PE Swimming Class Participation Policy

Expectations: 

Edit section

At SSIS our children are very fortunate to have the opportunity to develop their swimming skills as part of their full educational experience. Starting in EC through 5th grade, we offer a unit of swimming each semester giving our children a total of 24 swimming days each year. During these classes we work to develop each child’s skills to ensure that they are moving from “Water Smart” towards “Experienced or Competitive Swimmer” levels. To make this progression, it is imperative that students be in the water during their swim class times.

Exceptions:

Edit section

Swimming is just as important to our students’ day as math & language development. When a child misses class, they will lag behind their peers. Below we’ve listed just a few of the exceptions that may happen throughout the swim unit:

Excused reasons for missing swim class:

1. Infections: Some infections like athlete’s foot or plantar’s warts can be spread to others and we would advise students with this condition to not swim or walk barefoot around the pool or locker rooms. Also ear & yeast infections may keep a child out of the pool. For any of these conditions, we require a medical note from a doctor indicating the condition and length of time required for recovery.

2. Injury: When a child is injured there will be times when going into the pool is not wise (open wounds, sprains, fractures, etc.). If the child is injured outside of the campus we require a note from the doctor indicating the type of injury and how long the child will be expected to be out of the pool. The injury may happen during the school day and we will expect the nurse to issue a note in these circumstances.

3. Absence from school due to illness: If a parent feels the child is too ill to participate in swim class, then the child should not attend any classes at school: they should remain at home until they are well enough to participate in the full academic day. Please see the parent/student handbook for details about illness and return to school.

If a student misses a swim class due to an EXCUSED absence, they will not be required to make up the lesson. However, if parents or students request to make up a missed lesson due to an excused absence, this service will be provided upon availability of swim instructors.

Unexcused reasons for missing swim class:

1. Forgot suit: If a student forgets their suit and is unable to enter the water for instruction, they must listen to the instructions of the swim class from the deck.

2. Parent or student request: If, for any other reason, a parent or student requests to not enter the water for instruction, they must listen to the instructions of the swim class from the deck.

If a student misses a swim class due to an UNEXCUSED absence, they will required to make up the swimming portion of their class during their designated recess time. In addition, their participation grade for the missed class will be given a “0” and the grade book will mark the absence as unexcused.

Consequences for UNEXCUSED absences:

1. Decrease in the child’s growth and progress of swimming skills.

2. Student misses their recess to make up the swim class.

3. Negative impact on their Physical Education (PE) grade on their report card.

4. If continued unexcused absences from swim classes occur, the consequence will be escalated. Students may begin to miss multiple recesses, serve in-school suspensions, out of school suspensions, or a meeting with parents to discuss whether SSIS is an appropriate educational program for the family

Lengthy Medical Situation: When a child is unable to participate for a substantial period of time the PE teacher will assign a “project” for the child throughout the unit to help continue their learning.

Performances

Music and drama are a part of life and activities in the school. Assemblies, special presentations, and school-wide music concerts provide an opportunity for the students to sing, play a musical instrument, act, and dance. Performances will begin promptly at the designated time. Parents are required to turn off mobile phones and are encouraged to remain for the entire performance.

To ensure a positive experience for both performers and the audience as a whole, SSIS families are asked to follow these guidelines:

• Performances will begin at the scheduled time. If you arrive late, please sit in the back. Evening performances begin at 6:30 PM.

• Mobile phones should be turned off during performances.

• The audience should remain seated during the performance and avoid talking.

• Be respectful to others in the audience if you are taking photos.

• When bringing younger children to performances, please monitor their behavior and do not permit them to bring toys and games that make noise.

Pets

Pets are not allowed on school grounds. Advance permission from the classroom teacher is required if there is an educational purpose for such a visit. 

Special Dress Days

Special Dress Days/Spirit Days are sometimes requested by the Student Council and approved by the principal. On non-uniform days, students are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate in a school setting and conforms to the standard set by the school uniform. Students may not wear short shorts or short skirts, bare mid-riffs, tight, see-through, low cut, spaghetti-string or tank tops, or pants/trousers below the waist line. Students choosing not to participate in special dress days must wear the regular school uniform.

Student Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct is simple and based primarily on the concept of respect. Students who are respectful use acceptable language and show appropriate behaviors. Hurting others through words or physical actions is not accepted and students who commit such acts will be subject to consequences appropriate to the misconduct. The Code of Conduct states the following expectations:

• We show respect to all people and all things.

• We listen when a teacher or other presenter speaks.

• We follow instructions when given instructions by school staff.

• We maintain our environment safely and without waste. Whether riding to and from home on the school bus or on field trips, students are to follow the same standards of behavior expected at school.

Major Violations

Behavior that is not in a student’s best interest or that poses a threat to others will lead to serious disciplinary action. The following offenses are considered major violations:

• Bullying

• Insubordination demonstrated toward a teacher or staff member

• Disruption of classes and interference of the teaching/ learning process

• Endangering or threatening the safety of oneself or others (this includes fighting)

• Theft

• Damaging school or personal property

• The possession of any object that can be considered a weapon

Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary steps are taken to deal with inappropriate behavior while preserving the dignity and selfesteem of the child.

One or more of the following steps may be implemented:

• Counseling by the teacher, yard or cafeteria supervisor, principal or psychologist

• Core Values Behavior Plan - Students complete a form indicating what the problem was and how s/he can improve.

• *In-School Suspension - The student will be removed from regular classes and will work in a supervised area for a part or a full day.

• *Out-of-School Suspension - A student may be suspended from school for repeated violations of the discipline policy or for behavior that is viewed by the principal as inappropriate during the school day, during a school-sponsored activity, on or off school grounds. An out-of-school suspension from school means that a student is prohibited from being on or near the school campus or attending any school-sponsored activities during the period of the suspension. The parent or guardian of the student will be notified as soon as possible when a student is to be suspended from the school.

*Parents/guardians are contacted.

SSIS will not tolerate any student misconduct which intentionally causes hurt or harms another student. In such cases, parents will be notified and the individual will be sent home for the duration of the day, or kept in school on an in-school suspension, depending upon the severity and frequency of such behavior.

Student Suspension Procedure

1. All suspensions will be documented in a letter to parents.

2. The principal will make reasonable efforts to arrange a conference with the parents and the student to explain the reasons for the suspension and its potential consequences.

Student Supplies

SSIS supplies students with many supplementary materials in addition to textbooks.

Individual teachers will inform students of materials required for their classes. Most of these items can be purchased at the SSIS school store, which is open before and after school and during recess and lunch breaks.

All children need the following on a daily basis:

• School Uniform - All children need to wear the school uniform that conforms to the dress code. Uniforms may be purchased from the school store. Please ensure your child’s name and class are clearly written in English inside the uniform pieces.

• Hat - A hat is part of the school uniform. These hats with brims must be worn during outdoor P.E., recess breaks and any outdoor activity. Children may keep their hats and sunscreen at school. Please identify your child’s hat by writing his/her name and class inside the hat. A sun visor is not a hat and is insufficient protection for the top of the head.

• Water Bottle - Students are required to bring a labeled water bottle to school every day. There are water bottle refilling stations in each classroom and in the common areas.

• Sunscreen - Because of the increasing incidence of skin cancer, children are encouraged to wear sunscreen in addition to protective clothing. Sunscreen and hats may be kept at school. Please ensure that your child’s name is written on his/her bottle of sunscreen.

Snacks and Lunch

Students are encouraged to bring healthy snacks for the morning break. A morning snack is provided for students in EC3, EC4, and Kindergarten. Carbonated beverages are not sold nor permitted at SSIS. Please do not send breakable containers for beverages; re-sealable bottles are suggested for liquids. All students should have their own labeled water bottles.

All students must eat lunch at school. Students may bring a lunch, pre-order or buy lunch at the school cafeteria, or have lunch delivered to them. For Grade 1-5 classes, if a lunch must be delivered from home, it needs to be labeled in English with the student’s name and grade and placed on the table in the cafeteria. Home delivered lunches should arrive by 11:30 A.M. Helpers who deliver lunches should remain on campus only long enough to deliver the lunch. Students should be expected to take the lunch box/bag home at the end of the day.

Students are expected to:

• Show respect to all - classmates, supervisors, teaching assistants, cleaners and cafeteria personnel

• Keep noise level down by using quiet indoor voices

• Stay seated during the lunch period

• Raise their hands if they need assistance from the lunch supervisors

• Dispose of cafeteria containers as instructed

• Clean up their own trash when they have finished lunch.

• Wait for the signal to be dismissed from lunch

• Walk en route to and from the cafeteria.

SSIS Food Guidelines

Saigon South International School will encourage and support healthy eating in order to help promote optimal learning and lifelong health.

Research has shown that eating healthier foods can “help kids concentrate better in class, reduce behavioral problems, lower obesity rates, strengthen academic performance and build healthier habits for life” (USDA). The World Health Organization also states that “Good nutrition - an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity - is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.”

We will promote lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and sugar-free dairy products (such as plain yogurt, fresh milk and cheese). We discourage packaged, processed and high sugar foods (junk food).

Foods brought for individual consumption or sharing (eg. special occasions, celebrations) that are encouraged include:

• Raw vegetable sticks/slices with yogurt dip or low fat dressing

• Fresh fruit wedges

• Pasta salad/noodle dish

• Cheese and crackers/rice crackers

• Kim Bap/Rice Balls

• Fresh spring rolls

• Edamame

• 100% juice, fresh milk or water

Foods that are not allowed at school for individual consumption or sharing:

• Carbonated drinks, soda pop

• Candy, lollipops, gum

• Junk food

Celebration Guidelines

Birthdays, holidays and accomplishments may be celebrated at school, however the emphasis should be on the child, holiday or accomplishment, not on the food.

Suggested items for celebrations may include:

• Cupcakes

• Muffins

• Fruit

• Gift bags with food and candy are not allowed

School Functions

At any school function (parties, celebrations, meetings, movie nights, etc.) where treats are available, healthful food options should also be made available to promote student, staff, and community wellness. Please refer to the list above for possible healthy options.

Vendor Guidelines

Vendors will provide healthy food and beverage choices at all times and will adhere to the SSIS Guidelines. Guidelines for Teachers if students/parents are not adhering to the SSIS Food Guidelines.

1. Tell them which food item is not allowed and explain the reasoning.

2. If the food item continues to come to school, send an email to parents with the SSIS Food Guidelines.

Team Meetings

Team meetings are an integral component of how we work together to provide our best professional practice serving student learning. Grade level teams are expected to meet a minimum of  two times in a 6-day cycle to enage in conversation, and decision-making that plans, develops, and supports the implementation of curriculum. Collaboration is the cornerstone of our collective efforts to complete this type of work. Click here to see the Collaboration Rubric.

A Definition of Collaboration:

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A systematic process in which we work together interdependently to analyze and impact professional practice in order to improve our individual and collective results.

  —DuFour, DuFour, & Eaker,

Getting Started: Reculturing Schools to Become Professional Learning Communities (2002)

 

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  • having meetings aligned to a collective purpose,focusing on improving student learning

 
  • using dialogue that is data driven

 
  • viewing change as an opportunity for growth

 
  • valuing honest communication and positive relationships to empower others

 
  • embracing diversity- recognizing and making use of individual talents and creativity

 

  • developing a climate of trust in which, we take risks valuing effort and learn from our own mistakes

 
  • committing to learning from one another

 
  • honoring the process and value of reflection on practice

 

The Nature of Learning

We believe learning is a cyclical process that is dependent on a safe and secure environment, in which we acquire or enhance transferable knowledge and skills that continually enrich our overall abilities and understandings.

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Nature of Learning

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Learning happens best in a nurturing environment where collaboration is promoted and student differences are honored.

Learning is a dynamic and cyclical process that is:

The nature of learning is continually being examined through new brain research developments. We recognize that learning takes place when we acquire new knowledge and skills or enhance existing knowledge and skills that shape our  understandings.

Learning is more efficient when done in a social setting that involves collaborative interactions with others.

flexible

Learning is when the brain is constructing dendrites or improving connection for more efficient pathways to creating understanding

For some, learning is a solitary process...for introverts.

inquiry based

metacognitive sense of their own learning  and be able to articulate it to themselves and others

learning takes place most effectively in a nurturing/safe environment

transferrable

learning requires think time, inquiry, and time to reflect

there is an emotional connection in learning

reflective

 
 

cyclical - life- long process

 
 

make connections

 
 

meta-cognitive

 

Students in a healthy learning environment...

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  • Understand learning intentions

  • Are challenged by success criteria

  • Develop a range of learning strategies

  • Know when they are not progressing

  • Seek feedback

  • Visibly teach themselves

  • Work collaboratively

  • Question and inquire beyond the curriculum

Teacher instructions and learning plans in a healthy environment...

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  • Offer clear learning intentions

  • Provide challenging success criteria

  • Implement a range of learning strategies

  • Know when students are not progressing

  • Providing feedback opportunities-from teachers and peers

  • Visibly learn themselves

  • Provide learning experiences and materials which learners perceive to be relevant, interesting and challenging

     

 

Transportation (Student)

Students have the following options for travel to and from school:

• Bus service is provided by SSIS for an extra fee, subject to availability of space. Please contact Ms. Vy at the Business Office to arrange transportation or at the email address busing@ssis.edu.vn or phone number (08) 5413 0901 ext. 31281.

• Private cars, car pools, privately contracted services, and taxis

• Upper elementary students (grades 4 &5) who live south of Saigon South Parkway may ride bicycles to and from school. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Parents must submit a permission slip to the student’s homeroom teacher.

• Younger students may walk only if accompanied by an adult or a middle or high school sibling.

• Students may not drive motorbikes or motorcycles to school.

Busing

EC-Grade 3 students, who ride the bus home after school, need to be met by an adult when the bus reaches the student’s neighborhood.

In the event that an adult is not present, bus monitors will call parents or guardians. If we are unable to communicate with an adult and one is not present within an appropriate time, the child will remain in the care of the bus monitor and brought back to school for parents or guardians to pick-up.

For more information, parents can contact Ms. Vy Tran at busing@ssis.edu.vn or (08) 5413 0901 ext. 31281.

School Bus Conduct Expectations

Students who ride the buses are expected to do the following:

• Be on time. The bus cannot wait for students who are late arriving at the designated pick-up. Parents are responsible for providing transportation for their child(ren) to/from school if they are late for the bus.

• Treat the bus monitor, the bus driver and other students with courtesy and respect.

• Respect the responsibility of the bus monitor to ensure students are safely seated and wearing seat belts.

• Talk quietly and remain seated at all times. Do not use mobile phones on the bus.

• Drink water only (eating is not permitted on the bus)

• Keep all body parts inside the bus: do not reach or lean out the windows.

• Be responsible for personal belongings.

• Adhere to the SSIS Code of Conduct

• Provide a note signed by a parent and present it at the Elementary Office at the start of the school day if asking for a change of bus routine. Email messages may also be sent to the teacher and Ms Vy (the bus coordinator).

The bus driver or monitor will record and file a written report of conduct infractions with the principal. Penalties for bus violations are:

• First offense: verbal warning from the principal

• Second offense: written warning from the principal and parent/guardian contact

• Third offense: suspension from the bus for up to two weeks.

Repeated or serious bus misbehavior could result in a student’s privilege of riding the bus being suspended indefinitely.

School Bus Rules

Riding the school bus is a privilege. Below are 10 rules for appropriate behaviors related to school bus transportation. 

  • Be on time for pick-up.
  • Be respectful (Use kind words) with bus monitors and the drivers.
  • Wear your seatbelt.
  • Talk quietly.
  • Remain seated at all the time.
  • Keep hands, arms, and legs to self.
  • Do not use mobile phones on the bus.
  • Drink water only
  • Clean up if you eat a snack
  • Keep all body parts inside the bus.
  • Be responsible for personal belongings.

If there are problems related to school bus transportation, the following steps will be implemented:

  1. First offense: The student will come to the office to speak to the Assistant Principal to discuss the rule and how to follow it.  Parents will be informed of the problem.
  2. Second offense: Parents and the student will meet in the office to discuss solutions to the problem.  The student will receive a formal warning.  Parents will be formally informed of the consequences for any further violations.
  3. Third offense: Student will lose bus riding privileges for one week.
  4. Fourth offense: Student will lose bus riding privileges for one month.
  5. Fifth offense: Student will lose bus riding privileges for the remainder of the year.

Tutoring

Parents who desire tutoring for their child may request the assistance of the psychologist who, in consultation with the appropriate staff, can provide contact information for possible tutors. Scheduling and payment issues surrounding tutoring services is a private matter to be arranged between the parents and the tutor. No SSIS teacher may tutor his/her own students for remuneration. If parents have made arrangements for outside tutors for their child, we highly recommend that the tutor communicates directly with the classroom teacher

Withdrawal and Request of Transcripts

Parents of students leaving SSIS must complete a Departure Notice as early as possible. Please inform our admissions office that your son or daughter will be leaving, and you will be provided with the necessary Departure Notice. The tuition and fees schedule outlines the notification process and deadlines for refunds.

If a child withdraws at the end of the academic year, report cards will be available on the last day of class. If records are required before the actual withdrawal date, parents should use their copy of the most recent report card. Report cards and transcripts will be withheld from students who have missing books and outstanding financial obligations to the school.

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