School emergency preparedness
IST has detailed emergency procedure plans to ensure the safety of our students and other community members in the event of emergencies and heightened health and safety risk situations. For example, students and employees at IST regularly take part in emergency drills for fire and earthquake. If a building emergency requires evacuation, teachers and students will follow evacuation procedures posted in each classroom and on each floor. If, following an evacuation of the building, it is necessary for students to leave the campus, teachers will remain with their classes, while teacher assistants and school support staff notify parents for pick-up. If it is necessary for students to leave the campus without delay, they will be evacuated by school bus to the school’s off-campus safe haven, the Tianjin International School (TIS). Parents will be then contacted to collect their children from the TIS campus. IST has developed an emergency contact system, which utilizes an Emergency Telephone Tree so that parents can be contacted immediately. It is essential that parents submit a current emergency contact form to the school office, upon request. Parents must inform the school of any subsequent change to their telephone number without delay.