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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.