School Services at Taipei American School
Almost all of our food items at TAS are made from scratch in our kitchen and we are constantly introducing new items. On top of that, we also feature one TAS preference totem pole star per week, voted on by students and faculty alike. Preference totem pole items are the top five selling entrees in our school. They include dishes such as Chinese roasted chicken leg and catfish. Please come visit us when you have time!
The Village Snack Bar, open Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM, serves a variety of food choices which includes beverages (fruit juices, milk, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee), fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, salads, sandwiches, and a variety of baked goods.
The cafeteria, open Monday - Friday 11:00 AM - 1:15 PM, serves a daily hot lunch that consists of four components: milk, vegetable, fruit or dessert, and protein entree from Chinese or American cuisine. Entrées may be purchased individually or as a complete meal. A salad/fruit bar and potato bar are also provided. Both are self-serve.
The pizza bar, open Monday - Saturday 10:30 AM - 4:30 AM, serves pizza by the slice.
To see the weekly menu, please log-in here to view the Food Services section in the community portal.
Taipei American School maintains school bus routes to most areas of residency. Areas are determined not only by their distance from school, but also by travel time to and from school.
In general, we serve the Tien Mou and Peitou areas with limited service to Yang Ming Shan and Tamshui. The Taipei City area served is bordered on the east by Keelung Road, on the south by Roosevelt Road, and on the west by Chung Shan North/South Road. Additionally, service is provided to some areas of Neihu. The exception to this policy is the kindergarten-A bus service, which is limited to Tien Mou and Shipai areas approximately 30 minutes from TAS.
All students taking school transportation are issued bus passes at the beginning of each semester. Morning buses are scheduled to deliver students to TAS at least 5 minutes before the first class. Afternoon buses depart TAS approximately 10 minutes after class dismissal. A late bus is provided at 5:30 PM for middle and upper school students participating in a scheduled after school activity.
Additional information regarding bus passes, registration, and safety guidelines is provided in the Student Bus Service Handbook. Copies are available in the Transportation Office (1B68). Parents with specific questions should contact the Transportation Office at 2873-9900 ext. 307 or 304.
The Health Office is located in room 1B76, across from the Chinese library. A registered nurse will be in the office from 7:15 AM-4:00 PM. The nurses provide first aid treatment, emergency care, medication administration, health planning and screenings, and health education. The office is staffed by three full-time registered nurses and an activity nurse team.
Medical Examination Form (To be completed by a physician and submitted to the Health Office or uploaded into your child’s SNAP Health Portal account. The SNAP Health Portal can be accessed via Powerschool. Please log in to your child’s account. On the left side bar please click on the SNAP Health button. This link will log you directly into your child’s account; please follow the written instructions for uploading.)
- All NEW students are required to complete the Medical Examination Form and attach a copy of original immunization records.
- RETURNING students entering Grades 3, and Grades 6-12 are required to complete the Medical Examination Form each school year.
- All NEW students must provide a copy of their original immunization records.
- All RETURNING students must submit a copy of immunization updates only, as requested by the nurse. The immunization notice will be sent to parents directly by email.
- Mandatory TAS Immunizations include:
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) 2 doses (age 12 months, 1 booster 4-6 years)
- DPT/DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) 5 doses by 4-6 years. Tdap booster vaccination at 11-12 years (optional but highly recommended)
- Polio (OPV/IPV) 4 doses by age 4-6 years
- Hepatitis B 3 doses at age 0 months, 1 month, 6 months
- Varicella (Chickenpox) 1 dose at age 12 months
- Please alert your doctor that TAS follows the US CDC immunization schedule and may require booster vaccinations not commonly given in Taiwan.
LIFE THREATENING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
If your child has a chronic illness or health condition that could result in a life threatening medical situation (asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis, heart condition, seizure disorder, etc.) please contact the Health Office so that we may develop a plan of care. The plan of care will identify and explain the medical condition and outline what to do in an emergency situation.
If your child should require emergency medication for their medical condition kept at school, an Action Plan must be filled out and signed by the doctor.
Any student who is required to take medication during the school day must do so in the Health Office, under the nurse’s supervision. Parents must provide written consent via note or email (email@example.com) and keep the medication in the doctor’s original packaging with a list of the medication names. Each package or bottle of medication must be labeled with the student’s name. Medications during the school day will be dispensed between the hours of 11 am to 1 pm, for the lunchtime dose.
Medication that is only needed occasionally or for an emergency, such as an EpiPen or asthma inhaler, may be stored in the Health Office. Parents must also provide written consent and a doctor’s prescription for stored medication. The doctor’s prescription must be renewed every year.
To keep the classrooms a safe and healthy place for your child to learn, the Health Office would appreciate parental cooperation in dealing with possible contagious illnesses. If your child will be absent due to illness, please email the teacher and call the appropriate school office. Please report to the Health Office if your child has been exposed to a communicable illness. If there is a communicable illness in your child’s class, the school nurse will contact the appropriate principal and a letter will be sent out to the class, grade, or school depending on the nature of the illness.
WHEN CAN YOUR CHILD COME BACK TO SCHOOL
If your child is feeling unwell at school, the nurse will dismiss him/her to a parent or guardian for reasons such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever greater than 37.5C, or eyes with redness or discharge.
Students with a fever need to be fever free, and not taking fever reducing medication such as Panadol, Tylenol, or Ibuprofen, for 24 hours before returning to school. These guidelines are to ensure that the spread of illness is kept to a minimum.
- Chicken pox/Shingles
Students with chicken pox must remain at home until all the blisters have dried up and crusted over.
- Hand Foot Mouth Disease/Enteroviruses
Students with HFMD or Enteroviruses must remain at home until cleared by the doctor to return to school. A doctor’s note must be provided to the Health Office upon your child’s return to school.
Students may return to school 24 hours after the initiation of antibiotic therapy for bacterial conjunctivitis. Viral conjunctivitis can be contagious for an extended period of time. Please speak with your doctor about when you child is safe to return to school.
Students diagnosed with influenza must remain at home until cleared by the doctor to return to school.
Head Lice is a common occurrence in most schools. Parents are encouraged to routinely check their child’s hair for head lice or nits. Please inform the Health Office if your child has head lice. A student must be treated with medicated lice shampoo and must have all nits removed from the hair before returning to school. Please have the nurse at the Health Office examine your child’s hair before returning to the classroom.
SCHOOL ACCIDENTS OR INJURIES
The Health Office nurse will attend to any student who sustains an injury or who is involved in an accident at school. If outside medical assistance is needed, the school nurse will contact the parents and attend the student until the parents or guardian arrives. In the event of a life-threatening situation, the student will be transported by ambulance to Veteran’s General Hospital with the school nurse. Parents will be notified to meet the student at the hospital.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXCUSE POLICY
With few exceptions, if a student is well enough to come to school then they must participate in all of their classes including swimming and PE.
Coughs, colds, and runny noses are not symptoms to be excused from PE or swimming.
If a student is injured or ill and cannot participate in PE or swimming, they must have a note from the doctor indicating the length of time the child should be excused.
Exceptions to PE and Swimming: large open wound, ear infection, broken limb, sutures, any activity restriction instructed by a doctor.