Frequently Asked Questions
- How long is the school day?
- How large is your school?
- How large are the Early Years classes?
- What is the adult to student ratio in each class?
- Are students given homework?
- Do students go on field trips?
- Is there a nap time?
- Do you accept students in diapers and how do you support toilet training?
- Can my child take the SSIS bus?
- Do I need to pack lunch and snacks?
- What’s for lunch and snacks?
- Where do they eat?
- What does a typical day look like?
- Are there extracurriculars available for Early Years students?
- Do you only teach English?
- Where are your teachers from and what are their credentials?
- What is your sick policy?
- Does your school have air filtration?
- Do you monitor the AQI (Air Quality Index) and have an outside play policy?
Our Pre-Nursery students are permitted to be in diapers throughout the day. All other children must be toilet trained upon entering SSIS. We have a rigorous diapering and toilet training policy. Diapers are checked hourly and we have a system to help support toilet training efforts that start at home. Nursery students are allowed to wear diapers during naptime only, but must be toilet trained.
There is no need to pack. We offer a full catering service for our students. If you are bringing your own food, please note we do not have heating facilities in our Early Years center. We also request parents refrain from packing sweets, cookies and candy. Please pack enough food for your child to enjoy a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack.
Our Early Years meal program consists of a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack. We believe that good food and nutrition promotes healthy eating habits. Students typically select from a well-rounded assortment of fresh fruits, two hot dishes such as pasta, baked chicken or pork stir fry and cold veggies at lunch time. Yoghurt, rice crackers, fruit and muffins are offered at snack times. Milk is offered in the mornings.
Being an international school, our teachers come from all around the world. They are highly qualified and have passed a rigorous background check. SSIS policy as well as Chinese government rules & regulations also mandate that all of our teachers must hold degrees in education and active teaching certifications from their home country of record.
We hate when our students are sick. If we notice a child is feeling ill, we will send them to our on-site school nurse to be evaluated. We request that parents do not send their children to school with a fever and request the child does not return until 24 hours after the fever has passed. All of our Early Years classrooms are equipped with infrared lights to kill surface germs. These are turned on every night.