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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


CAISL has a member of its professional staff who serves as our "Child Protection Officer."   This person is responsible for providing guidance and legal compliance in individual situations as well as oversight of processes and procedures with the goal of ensurring that CAISL students are safe from all forms of abuse and neglect. 

CAISL's "Child Protection Officer" is Ms. Sonia Almeida, Student Support Services Coordinator and Secondary Counselor.  She is assisted by Ms. Sarah Bento, Elementary Counselor.  Should you have concerns that any CAISL student is being abused or neglected, you may contact them at

Another important aspect of Child Protection is ensuring that all employees, including those who work for CAISL via "outsourced" companies, and other adults who volunteer on a regular or frequent basis have the legally required "background" check, regularly updated, and are cleared to "work with minors.   

Everyone who works on behalf of CAISL with our students, paid or voluntary, must have on file 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 volunteer in classrooms or in the library or in any other capacity directly with students on an on-going basis.
  • Parents who open their homes to visiting High School/Varsity athletes from other schools.  Alternatively, Parents who host may house 2 visiting athletes from guest schools which results in the Criminal Record Clearance not being required.

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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