Safety and Security
We at BIS are very mindful of our commitment to inspire and challenge young minds to achieve excellence, assume responsibility and pursue life-long learning. In order to do so, we must ensure a safe and secure learning environment for our students, staff, and BIS community.
The safety of our children first and foremost depends on employing the best possible people. We carefully review all applications for both academic and non-academic positions. Anyone wishing to join our professional community must provide accurate pre-screening information, including any aspects of their past or profile that could affect the wellbeing of those already in the school. The hiring process proceeds only when this information has been provided, and candidates who cannot produce the appropriate documentation are not extended an offer of employment.
All adults interacting with students at BIS, whether employed in a full-time or part-time capacity by the school, working in a voluntary capacity, or from outside providers must provide a verified criminal/police background check. Reference checks are for all prospective BIS employees. Full-time teachers must also provide a degree verification, including all original transcripts and diplomas.
All current staff are, and, beginning August 2016 parents will be, issued with a BIS ID badge. This must be worn in a visible manner while on the school property. Visitors are required to sign in at the main reception desk at either campus and are issued with a visitor’s badge. All visitors must sign out and return the badges before leaving the premises. Any person without a proper ID will be addressed and directed back to Reception to sign in.
Beyond our focus on people at the core of our safety standards, BIS maintains a highly secure campus. While our full procedures and resources are not made public to ensure their integrity, the following measures can be identified:
- Single-point entry/exit with ID exchange
- CCTV system
- Regular and irregular security patrols with a focus on low-traffic areas
- First aid training for academic and non-academic staff members
- Comprehensive protocols for emergency and non-emergency situations both on and off campus
- Announced and unannounced safety drills for both internal and external threats
- Charter membership in the US Dept of State Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Munich Chapter, with regular updates to better anticipate security issues
- Regular direct contact with other major Consultates/Embassies