The health and wellbeing of our students is extremely important to us, and ISG Jubail employs two registered nurses as a full-time members of the staff. Their responsibilities include treating minor medical emergencies that occur at school.
Please see below some regulations regarding communicable diseases and criteria for school exclusion.
A student will be sent home for:
- A fever of 37.8C (100F ) or above
- Vomiting for an unknown reason more than one time and with no other symptoms
- Persistent diarrhea (more than 2 episodes during school hours)
- Injury or illness of a serious nature and the nurse determines doctor’s attention is required
Students should be kept home for 24 hrs after fever or above symptoms have subsided, without the influence of fever-reducing medication. The nurses reserve the right to ask a parent to keep a child home using their professional discretion regarding a student’s wellness.
Students who become ill or are injured during the school day must go immediately to the school nurse. However, if there is risk of further injury, another student or staff member will notify the nurse of the injury. In the case of a child becoming unwell while at school, parents are notified by phone and must provide transportation for their child. Students must remain in the nurse's’ office until a responsible adult collects them – this should be a parent, but if this is not possible an arrangement must be made with the nurse and parent allocating another adult to act in their position. At no time is a student allowed to wait for transport unattended by the school reception. When the nurse decides that a student must go home, she will make the relevant teachers and siblings aware of a student’s departure.
Please note, with regards to head lice, no child will be sent home because of a head lice infection unless it is causing severe discomfort/distress to the child in question. Head lice are ever-present in school communities, particularly one as large as ISG Jubail, and we do not believe that exclusion should be used to manage such an infestation. School nurses provide as needed information to students/parents/teachers about how lice are spread, emphasizing that live lice require body heat to survive. Prompt treatment and avoidance of sharing hats, brushes, hair ornaments and bedding minimizes spread. Although teachers are encouraged to inform parents in their classroom if a case of lice is reported, prudent parent observation followed by treatment, is the most effective way to prevent the spread of head lice.
The ISG nurses follow guidance from hpa.co.uk website regarding communicable diseases and criteria for school exclusion. Guidance for exclusion for conditions such as varicella (chickenpox), measles and mumps are clear and intended to safeguard not just the individual student but the school community. Students who are hospitalized due to illness or injury, or those who have been diagnosed with a communicable illness, must present a note from the physician indicating that they are fit to return to school.
Medications required during the school day, which have been prescribed by a doctor for chronic conditions, must be held and will be administered by the school nurse.
Several screenings are performed by the nurse or through the nurse's office during the school year. These include sight, hearing, scoliosis (curvature of the spine - only grades 6-9) and lice. Parents will be notified of negative results during all screenings.
Parents are expected to keep emergency contact information updated with the registrar.
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