Wellbeing, Health & Safety
ACS International Schools holds the wellbeing, health and safety of our students as a priority.
The wellbeing, health and safety of our school community is a theme that runs through all elements of the ACS Expected School-wide Learning Results, and is one of the key components of the ACS Education Strategy which identifies high levels of health & well-being essential in a student’s education. The strategy sets out our commitment to, and improvement of, the wellbeing of all those in the ACS school community.
We aspire for all ACS students and staff to work and play in safe learning environments that promote their health and wellbeing.
HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLBEING FOR RETURN TO SCHOOL
We will be fully compliant with UK Government guidance on the full return to school: following public health advice, revisiting all aspects of school operations, planning robust contingencies for further outbreaks, and carefully assessing all health and safety risks.
We are working together to ensure a COVID-secure school for all members of the ACS community by:
- reducing the risk of transmission
- limiting personal contact through social distancing
- introducing new procedures for cleaning, hand-washing and hygiene.
ACS schools will implement all essential measures for prevention and managing infection, including:
- a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
- expectation that ACS parents, students and staff follow government guidelines
- robust hand and respiratory hygiene
- enhanced cleaning arrangements
- active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
- formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible
- reduced opportunities cross-contamination so far as is reasonably practicable.
In early August, ACS will provide additional information about how we’re developing COVID-secure policies, procedures and risk assessments.
ACS students are on summer holiday, but we know that many parents are thinking about how best to support their children’s mental wellbeing as the nation prepares to return to school this autumn. The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Centre have created Primary and Secondary Selfcare Summer packs to offer children and young people fun self-care activities, and signpost additional support.
Selfcare Summer Primary Pack (younger students- through Grade 4 / Grade 5)
Selfcare Summer Secondary Pack (older students- Middle/High/Upper Schools)
Wellbeing - a whole school approach
Complementing the Education Strategy, the ACS Health & Wellbeing Strategy identifies a whole-school approach to wellbeing, an approach that goes beyond the learning and teaching in the classroom to pervade all aspects of the life of our schools, including:
- culture, ethos and environment: the health and wellbeing of students and staff is promoted through the ‘hidden’ or ‘informal’ curriculum, including leadership practice, the school’s values and attitudes, together with the social and physical environment
- learning and teaching: using the curriculum to develop student knowledge, attitudes and skills about health and wellbeing
- partnerships with families and the community: proactive engagement with families, outside agencies, and the wider community to promote consistent support for children and young people’s health and wellbeing.
HEALTH & SAFETY MATTERS
ACS wishes to create an environment in our schools where all feel safe, secure and can thrive.
The ACS Board of Trustees is responsible for the effective health and safety management and have demonstrated their commitment to health and safety through their undertaking to introduce the international standard for health and safety management (ISO45001) throughout all areas of ACS.
The ACS Health and Safety Manager is part of the Education Strategy Team and provides advice, support and guidance for all staff, students and visitors.
Each school has a Health and Safety Committee that meets on a monthly basis to discuss all health and safety issues pertinent to the organisation as a whole, and specifically to the school.
NEASC Learning Principles visit. ACS Egham, Sept. 2017