In the face of uncertainty, what provides both balance and bedrock is our values.
What we believe (in) as a leadership team, and our values will guide every decision that is taken around how we reopen. Above all else, we believe in:
- The safety, health, and well being (staff, student, community)
- Maintaining the quality of the learning experience, both the breadth and depth of learning and experience for students.
- Maintaining our ASM community as a K-12 school experience.
- The honest and clear communication that we have established with our community.
- The ideals of opportunity, optimism, and flexibility in how we approach education, challenges, and opportunities.
ASM has adapted practices and procedures to comply with the guidelines put forward by the Spanish Ministries of Education and Health. These have necessitated changes in campus access. Currently, all visitors must have an appointment. Masks are required.
For students, we have instituted physical distancing in all aspects of our program as well as heightened sanitary and cleaning measures.
Parents must be familiar with their responsibilities as detailed in the ASM Return to School Year 2020-21 Form.
Our Security Plan
ASM’s security plan consists of policies and procedures which aim to anticipate security concerns that could arise at an American overseas school. In order to meet the goals established by the Board with regard to maximizing the security of the students, parents, faculty, and staff, the school retains the services of a local security contractor to provide the following services:
- 24-hour campus-wide security service by qualified armed or unarmed guards, as necessary, 365 days per year.
- Assistance in the prevention of fires and other dangers, and in minimizing the peril caused by such threats to the individuals present in the danger area.
- Installation, supervision, maintenance, and activation of alarms and other warning systems used to advise people of impending dangers.
- Communication of incidents to the appropriate administrators and the Headmaster.
- Identification and, if deemed necessary, security searches of all visitors, including parents, students, and employees, as well as their respective vehicles.
- Supervision/monitoring of areas of access to the campus as well as of deliveries to the School.
Our ASM IDs are used by staff, parents, and Upper School students to go through the main gate. The procedure is straight forward and simple. Show your ID and walk through. Adults and US student who do not have their ASM IDs will need to step aside and show a picture ID and be checked off a master list by the security guards. We will have Admin presence outside the gate at drop off and dismissal time to check IDs. You will also need to show your ID on weekends and at events and activities.
We live in a time when safety and security are on our minds and in the news in ways unimaginable not that long ago. We want to ensure that we are doing all that is prudent and practical to keep a sense of freedom and welcome in our community but also a constant vigilance for all that keeps us safe.
The ASM Child Protection Policy is based on international law and on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of which Spain is a signatory. Additionally, ASM is required to follow local Spanish Law. The two key articles from the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child that drive our Child Protection Policy are:
Article 19 Protection from abuse and neglect
Article 34 Sexual exploitation
By enrolling your child at The American School of Madrid, you agree to work in partnership with our school and abide by the policies adopted by our school. At ASM, we believe that our partnership is fundamental in ensuring the safety and care of our children. As part of our overall educational programs and in order to ensure that our children are treated with respect and dignity at all times, the The American School of Madrid will:
- Provide age appropriate lessons at each division to help students understand personal safety, personal needs, and personal rights.
- Provide parent materials and information sessions to help you better understand our programs and policy.
- Ensure school employees and contracted staff are given Professional Development in regards to abuse and neglect.