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SAFETY AND SECURITY

CAISL takes the health and safety of our community seriously.   On this page is a summary of some of the major processes and procedures used at CAISL to fulfill this responsibility. Details of CAISL’s procedures are available to those members of our community who a need to know but are not made public.

ACCESS TO CAMPUS

CAISL has a closed campus and only those with clearance are permitted to enter. Procedures are in place and implemented by a professional security firm which ensures appropriate entrance and exit procedures of people and vehicles.

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION

CAISL has implemented clear channels of communication so that, in case of emergency, we are able to contact quickly the entire CAISL community.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

CAISL has on staff a full-time nurse. She works during the school day and coordinates a team of outsourced nurses to ensure that a nurse is always in attendance for after-school activities and evening/weekend events with students.

 

CAISL has two Nurse’s offices. There is one on the ground floor of the Elementary Building which is staffed during the school day until 16h00, and another next to the Soccer Pitch and Gym, which is staffed during after-school activities and tournaments.

 

CAISL also has some staff who are trained in CPR. Furthermore, we have two defibrillators, one outside of each Nurse’s office. In addition to the Nurses, other members of staff are also trained in their use.

PREPARING FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF THREATS

Procedures are in place to address, in a safe and appropriate manner, a variety of emergencies which may arise.   CAISL has an extensive “Emergency Procedures Manual” which contains detailed instructions for the staff to respond to emergencies. Those emergency procedures include the following topics:

  • Constitution of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and its role;
  • Constitution of the First responders team (FRT) and their role;
  • Procedures for student and staff on how to respond to a variety of emergencies, including procedures for evacuation and “sheltering in place”;
  • Information about the conduct and the timing of the “drills” (practices) on how to respond to various emergencies;
  • How to respond to accidents and medical emergencies.

CHILD PROTECTION PROCEDURES

Another important step in ensuring that our students are safe is doing background checks on anyone who will work under CAISL’s authority with our students.  

Everyone who does so, paid or voluntary, must have on file (and updated regularly) a "Criminal Record Clearance" specifically for "work with minors."   This includes:

  • All CAISL employees
  • All out-sourced workers (such as bus drivers/monitors; catering, cleaning staff, guard, nursing services)
  • Substitute teachers
  • Tutors and after-school program providers
  • Tournament referees
  • Parents who house students from other schools or who volunteer in classrooms or in the library or in any other capacity directly with students on an on-going basis.

A major step in the process of hiring personnel, including new teachers coming from outside of Portugal, is securing this “Criminal Record Clearance.” Those coming from outside Portugal are required to provide this document in advance of hiring from their home countries (for American citizens, this means an FBI clearance). Those permanently based in Portugal do this through local authorities.  The hiring process for all staff, including teachers coming from abroad, includes checking with previous employers about the conduct as well as the professional skill and attitude of the applicant for a CAISL position.

Our Mission

CAISL is a student-centered educational community in which we challenge ourselves and each other to do our best and to make positive contributions to our diverse and ever-changing world.

CAISL is a student-centered educational community in which we challenge ourselves and each other to do our best and to make positive contributions to our diverse and ever-changing world.

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