Health, Safety & Wellbeing

School nurse

We have a full time nurse at SEIPS. She handles minor accidents, and conducts routine check-ups in the mornings.


Medications are administered only by the school nurse and only if the parent has completed a medication form (available at reception).


Dosage will be given strictly in accordance with the labeled direction if not advised in writing otherwise by the caregiver.

Unauthorized staff

The teaching team is not authorized to administer medication or non-medicinal items (such as: creams, drops, vitamins, etc). Please see the school nurse.

First aid training

Homeroom teachers are required to have first aid training prior to their employment with SEIPS. Mandarin teachers and teaching assistants undergo a reputable first aid training course, facilitated by one of the major international hospitals in Shanghai, with special focus on the safety and care of toddler and preschool-aged children.

Health screening

In the morning, as students and parents are entering the school, the teaching team is trained to recognize students showing signs of illness. These may or may not include a more than usual cranky or quite disposition, pale in color, forehead is hot to touch, a bad sounding cough and/or a runny nose. If the teachers feel a student might be ill, as a precautionary measure they take the child to the nurse to seek her advice.


In the interest of all children and staff, sick children who are unable to cope with the preschool day will not be admitted. If a child shows signs of illness, please keep him or her at home and inform the school.


Children who have a temperature 37.5 or above will not be permitted to school or, if in school, will be required to be picked up.

Collecting your child

If the child becomes unwell or begins to develop symptoms of ill health, children will be taken to the nurse. If necessary, parents will be contacted and asked to collect the child. Parents or an alternative caregiver should do so immediately.

Helping identify illness

If your child is unwell and staying at home, please notify us. Informing us about your child’s symptoms may help to identify outbreaks occurring in school.

Obtaining a doctor’s letter

Children who have been sick with any contagious disease (e.g. chickenpox, rubella, HFMD, fifth disease) must obtain a letter from their doctor before they return to school, verifying that they are fit for school. If necessary our school nurse will examine the child as well and decide whether he or she is fit for school and not contagious anymore.

Exclusion Period

Diarrhea 24 hours after diarrhea has ceased
Measles 5 days from onset of rash
HFMD Until all blisters have dried
Rubella 5 days after onset of rash
Mumps 9 days or until swelling goes down (whichever is sooner)
Ringworm Until commencement of treatment
Fever 24 hours after temperature has returned to normal
Chickenpox Until fully recovered or for at least 5 days after the eruption first appears
Whooping cough 5 days after antibiotics have started
Influenza Until well
Vomiting Child must be eating normally again
Conjunctivitis 48 hours after treatment has commenced and discharge from eyes has ceased

Head Lice

Head lice are a common occurrence among young children. The school has established a protocol when such outbreak occurs. Whilst SEIPS does not employ a strict policy on lice outbreaks as this a non-life-threatening condition, effective head lice control can be achieved by education, prevention and accountability for both parents and the school.

Teachers of the child must be notified and an email to inform the parents within the same group/class will be sent out accordingly. If the discovery is made in school, the parent of the child will be contacted to request the pick up of the child immediately and to return as soon as he or she is free of lice and nits. Parents are also encouraged to screen as often as possible for any head lice and nits and to be educated as well on the safest and most effective method of removing these infestations as some may be deemed at risk when handling such chemical treatments. Consulting with your child’s doctor is highly advised.


Please fill out the immunization record on the enrolment form and inform the school about updates. In the event of an outbreak of a disease, non-immunized children will be advised to stay home for the duration of the outbreak, for their own protection and to prevent spreading of the disease.

Hand washing

Children’s hands are washed each morning before entering the classroom, before eating, after using the WC, when coming in from outside play, and after completing messy crafts or projects.

Teachers’ hands are washed before setting the table and handling food, before feeding a child, after assisting a child using the toilet, after handling tissues that have body secretions, and whenever else required.

Hands are always dried to alleviate germs from spreading, and we use individual paper towels.

WC policy

Only female staff members will accompany students to the WC, assist with toilet training, and change diapers.

Toilet training

Training takes both school and home participation. Toilet training must first begin at home and once your child has shown enough readiness and willingness, we will begin the training at school as well.

Fire safety

Fire Drill Procedures

All staff are updated on the current Fire Drill procedures at the start of each term.


In the event of an evacuation, the staff will escort the children to the nearest place of safety from where the Principal will undertake a roll call of all on the premises. She will have a copy of the daily register and contact details for the children and staff and a cell phone for making necessary calls. Parents will be contacted to collect their child. All staff will remain with the children until they are collected.