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International School Suva

World Class Citizens ~ Life Long Learners

Notes from the Nurse

Medical Information


The school’s nursing office is located in the administration building on the first floor. If you have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child at our school, please feel free to come and speak to the school nurse.

The following notes are a brief summary on school health matters which you may find helpful:
 

1. Accidents and emergencies:

Should your child require emergency treatment, every effort will be made to contact you. To assist with this, please keep the nurse informed of any change in your contact details. In the case of a serious emergency, an ambulance will be called and your child will be taken to hospital.

2. Medical forms:

When your child starts at ISS, you will be required to complete emergency contact/ medical forms. Please return them promptly with all medical information provided. It is of utmost importance that the school is made aware of any condition your child has and any medication they are receiving. This will affect how they are treated during school hours and in the case of an emergency.  There are several forms now available on this page, e.g. Asthma action plan, to download, print and complete tol help ensure that your child is provided the best possible care while at school.

3. Consent for medication administration at school:

Students are not permitted to carry medicine with them under any circumstances. If your child needs medication at school, please hand it to the school nurse where it will be stored safely in the office. The medication needs to be clearly labeled with the following: Medication name, dose and frequency as well as student name and date of birth.  You will be required to sign a consent form for the medicine to be given. If prescription medication is required, the form will need to be completed by your GP in order for administration by the school nurse or other approved staff member.  Your child will be required to come to the office at the appropriate time to take any medications due.  For an existing condition such as asthma requiring inhaler, insulin for diabetes or an Epi-pen for allergies you must provide the school nurse with the medicine your child need whilst at school.  Parent / guardian must collect unused medications, they will not be returned to a student under any circumstances.

4. Illness:

Maintaining good health is crucial for students to function and concentrate effectively at school. It is therefore important your child rest and recuperate fully at home before returning to school, if unwell. Such practices reduce cross infection to other students and staff and reduce the burden of disease within the school community. The school nurse and/or administration team will not hesitate to send a student home if they are unwell or considered to be infectious. (Please see our infection control policy.)

5. Immunizations:

Every effort should be made to have your child’s vaccinations up to date prior to them starting at ISS. Students are currently vaccinated (only where parental consent given) by the Ministry of Health for Tetanus, Measles and Reubella at Reception and Year 4.  Year 8 (Girls only) can receive Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) vaccination.  The above listed immunizations are provided free of charge. 

6. Sun care:

To help prevent skin cancer and heat exhaustion please follow the following steps:

It is advised that students to wear a hat e.g. legionnaire style or wide brimmed, to protect the ears and the back of the neck.
Apply a factor 30+ or above sunscreen to your child’s skin before school, especially on P.E. days and for school outings. Older students can carry a tube of sunscreen in their school bags to apply as needed.
Provide large water bottles and encourage regular drinking while at school.  Drinking water is available at numerous points around the school to refill bottles. During the warmer months (November to April), encourage students to remain in shaded areas and minimize exertion in order to prevent their bodies from overheating and dehydrating.

7. Snack boxes:

To support your child’s concentration at school, please encourage them to have nutritious food in their snack boxes. Students who eat breakfast and have a nutritious diet at school are found to have superior learning experiences.

Examples of healthy and filling snacks are:

·         A sandwich with a nutritious filling such as cheese, chicken, tuna, salad, etc.

·         Savoury rice salad

·         Vegetable Pasta Bake

·         Pita bread or bread sticks with a cheese dip, hummus, etc.

·         Salad snack such as cucumber sticks, carrots, celery

·         Bran muffins, banana bread, carrot cake, savoury scones, etc.

·         Any fruit

·         Yoghurt

·         Healthy drinks: 2 drinks should be packed of which one is water.

Milk (preferably not flavoured) Fruit juice (preferably unsweetened)
Fruit juice diluted in water
* Sweets, cakes and sweet biscuits are strongly discouraged.
* Fizzy drinks (soda) and chewing gum are not allowed.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you would like to bring in a cake for your child’s birthday, please discuss options with your child’s class teacher in the event there is a student with food allergies in the class. A peanut allergy for example, can result in a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction. 

ISS Community Blood Bank Drive

Dear Parents and Guardians,

International School Suva is having a blood drive. By taking part High School students learn about community service and value of selflessly helping others. In order to donate your child must be at 16-years of age, in good general health. In addition, they must have parental consent. We hope you encourage your child to participate in blood donation. By doing so, your child has the potential to save 3 lives!

Fiji currently uses the whole blood donation which is also the most common. Whole blood donation is where blood is collected from a vein in the arm into a bag that is designed to store blood. Whole blood donations are usually separated into 3 different components: blood, plasma, and platelets.

Precautions are taken to ensure a safe and pleasant donation experience. Donors with no history of medical problems usually have no adverse reactions to donating blood. On occasion, there are donors that experience mild to moderate side effects due to donating blood.  Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

Feeling warm/sweaty, becoming pale, feeling faint or dizzy, upset stomach, bruising, swelling or redness at the needle insertion site, pain at the insertion site, feeling tired and hyperventilation.

On extremely rare occasions, allergic reaction may occur, including hives and/or itching (urticaria), shortness of breath (dyspnea) and nerve damage.

Reactions to blood donation may occur at any time throughout the donation process, including after the donor has left the donation site.

On the day of donation, please make sure your child eats a good meal, is well hydrated and has a good understanding of his/her health history. Your child will be asked a series of questions that are personal in nature and include:

Medications they are currently taking and why they are taking them, history of intravenous drug use. These types of questions are designed to improve the donation experience for your child, and ensure a safe blood product for the recipients of the blood.  It is imperative that these questions be answered honestly to maintain a safe blood supply,

Testing is done on each donation to detect various infectious agents that can be transmitted by transfusion. If there are any abnormal laboratory results, the results will be released to your child and will be shared with you if your child is under 18-years old (by signing the form attached, an 18 year old child consents to this disclosure). However, if your child is 18-years old, results will only be released to the donor. Otherwise, all health history information will be strictly confidential except as required by law.

Your child will be asked to read and sign the following donor consent on the day of donation:

I have read and I understand the “Essential Information” for Whole Blood Donors. All of my questions concerning my donation have been answered to my satisfaction. I understand both the risk and the occasional side effects that can result from donation.

I am fully informed of the laboratory tests which will be performed on my blood. I consent to the performance of the laboratory tests. I am fully informed of the manner in which the results of these tests will be handled. I consent to the disclosure of all such test results to me and to any other party designated by me in writing, which shall include my parents if I am below 18 years of age.

I have truthfully, completely, and accurately answered all the questions on this form. I agree not to donate if am at risk of spreading a virus known to cause other diseases.

I hereby voluntarily consent to donate my blood/blood components to be used as directed by the CWMH Blood Bank.

THE FOLLOWING CONSENT MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED ONLY IF THE STUDENT IS UNDER 18-YEARS OLD ON THE DATE HE/SHE DONATES BLOOD.

The Informational Letter for Parents and High School Blood Donors does not have to be returned with this form.

I CERTIFY THAT I HAVE READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THE INFORMATION LETTER FOR PARENTS AND DONORS, HAVE ASKED AND HAD ANSWERED ANY QUESTIONS I HAVE REGARDING THE DONATIONS OF BLOOD, HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO CONSENT TO MY 16 to 18 YEAR OLD SON/DAUGHTER TO DONATE BLOOD TO CWMH BLOOD BANK.

Donor Name (print): ___________________________            Age: _____            D.O.B.: ____          Year level: ______

Name of Parent/Guardian: ___________________________                               Relationship: __________________

Telephone No.: ________________              Mobile: __________          Email: ________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature: ___________________________              Date: ________________________

16 to 18 Year Old Student Signature: _________________________ Date: ________________________

Medical

Notes from the Nurse

Medical Information

The school’s nursing office is located in the administration building on the first floor. If you have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child at our school, please feel free to come and speak to the school nurse.

The following notes are a brief summary on school health matters which you may find helpful:

1. Accidents and emergencies:

Should your child require emergency treatment, every effort will be made to contact you. To assist with this, please keep the nurses informed of any change in your contact details. In the case of a serious emergency, an ambulance will be called and your child will be taken to hospital as per school policy.

2. Medical forms:

When your child starts at ISS, you will be required to complete emergency contact/medical forms. Please return them promptly with all medical information provided. It is of utmost importance that the school is made aware of any condition your child has and any medication they are receiving. This will affect how they are treated in the case of an emergency.  There are several forms now available on this page, e.g. Asthma action plan, to download and print that will help ensure that your child is provided the best possible care while at school.

3. Consent for medication administration at school:

Students are not permitted to carry medicine with them under any circumstances. If your child needs medication at school, please hand it to the school nurse where it will be stored safely in the office. The medication needs to be clearly labeled with the students name and date of birth.  You will be required to sign a consent form for the medicine OR if prescription medication is required, the form will need to be completed by your GP and your child will be required to come to the nurses office at the appropriate time to take it.  For an existing condition such as an inhaler for asthma, insulin for diabetes or an Epi-pen for anaphylaxis you must provide the school nurse with the medicine your child need whilst at school along with appropriate action plans and medications consent forms.  Medicine will not be returned to a student under any circumstances; it must be collected by the parent / guardian.

4. Illness:

To concentrate and function effectively at school, good health is one of the most important aspects. It is therefore important that if your child is unwell, they should rest at home and recuperate fully before returning to school. This is also to reduce cross infection of other students and staff. The school nurse will not hesitate to send a student home if they are unwell or considered to be infectious (Please see our infectious/communicable disease policy.)

5. Immunizations:

Every effort should be made to have your child’s vaccinations up to date prior to them starting at ISS. Students are currently vaccinated by the Fiji Ministry of Health for Measles, Reubella and Tetanus at Reception and year 4 and Human Papilama Virus (HPV) – year 8 girls only.

6. Sun care:

Skin cancer is a serious concern, especially in Fiji where the sun shines almost everyday. Also, heat exhaustion is potential problem and steps must be taken to prevent it.

It is advised that students to wear a hat outside. The legionnaire style hat is recommended as it protects the ears and the back of the neck.

We encourage you to apply a factor 30+ sunscreen lotion to your child’s skin before school, especially on P.E. days and for school outings. Older students can carry a tub of sunscreen in their school bags to apply as needed.

Students are encouraged to drink water regularly at school and drinking water is available at numerous points around the school. During the warmer months, students are encouraged to remain in shaded areas and not to run around a lot to prevent their bodies from overheating and dehydrating.


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