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Message from the School Clinic

05 November 2019

With the change of season and cooler weather approaching, the BIS Nursing Team would like to take this opportunity to offer some important advice.

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Influenza (Flu)
With the change in climate and cooler weather on the way, we are unfortunately approaching the Flu Season. It is advisable to contact your health clinic and think about immunising your family with the flu vaccine. Some clinics are offering this as a free service. You can also book an appointment at SEHA (Abu Dhabi Health Services). 

If your child has been diagnosed with influenza by a doctor, please advise the school clinic as this would need to be reported to the Department of Health Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

Key facts about the seasonal influenza from HAAD can be read by clicking here.

 

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Restful sleep
It is very important that children are getting enough sleep overnight so that when they come to school they are full of energy and ready to learn. 

Ideally children should be getting:

  • 3-6 years: 10-12 hours of sleep per night
  • 7-12 years: 10-11 hours of sleep per night
  • Teenagers: 8-9 hours of sleep per night

School Clinic & Health Guidelines
The following guidelines are in place to support the unwell student and ensure they get well quickly, whilst also reducing the spread of infection within the school community:

Fever
Just a reminder to parents that if your child has had a temperature of 37.7C or higher, we will need to send them home. They need to be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. 

Vomiting and Diarrhoea
If your child has been vomiting or had diarrhoea, they will need to be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to school. 

Coughs and colds
It’s fine to send your child to school with a minor cold, but if they have a fever they must stay at home. Please encourage your child to throw away any used tissues and to wash their hands regularly. 

Head lice
If you have had a note sent home with your child stating that there is a reported case of head lice in their class, please make sure you follow our guidance and check your child’s head. Children won’t be sent home but they must be treated if head lice are found, its also advisable to treat the whole family too.

Conjunctivitis
If your child has red sore eyes with discharge you must take them to see a doctor and get appropriate medication. We will need to see a medical report to state this before we can allow your child to return to school.

Medication in Clinic
We would like to remind parents that if your child requires medication in school hours, we must have it kept in the clinic. We will give you a form to fill out which gives us permission to give the medication. 
 
If you know your child already has medication in the clinic and it is due to expire, please provide new medication as soon as possible. 

No nuts in school
Please do not send your child to school with any nuts in their lunch/snack. We do have many students with severe nut allergies. 

School Clinic & Health Policy
To view our full School Clinic & Health Policy, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding in these matters.

Best wishes from the Nursing Team