Hello! Welcome to the ISD School Nurse webpage. At ISD we strive to maintain and enhance the intellectual, psychological, and physical well being of all of our students. As School Nurse I contribute to these goals by providing health services to the school community, health promotion activities both in and out of the classroom, a point of contact for parents who have concerns about their children, and referrals for outside medical care. You can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 33.825.0871 or 77.869.7250. You can also visit with me in my office during school hours. I am happy to see you at anytime!
Below is some general information for you. You can also refer to Section V of the Parent-Student Handbook for information about the School Nurse. Throughout the year I will also post health updates and alerts in the Nurse’s Notes section of the Jaguar Journal.
Please make sure your child’s medical information in our school files is up to date. If your child has any medical conditions, allergies, significant past medical history, or takes medications on a regular basis it is important that I have this information available in our confidential school records. It is also important to periodically check your child’s immunization records to make sure they are current and complete.
If your child is taking medication that needs to be administered during school hours, whether it be ongoing or only a brief course, please complete the Medication Release Form on the right side of this page and bring it to my office along with the medication so it can be dispensed safely as per school policy.
If a middle or high school student presents with a minor ailment during school hours, over the counter medication such as paracetamol (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) may be given if appropriate. For elementary school students, the parents will be phoned first for authorization. If a student is still unwell after 30 minutes of rest in the Nurse Office, the parents will be notified and the student dismissed from school. Please refer to section 5.1.3 of the Parent-Student Handbook for a list of other health reasons for student dismissal from school.
During the school year if your child has a fever of 37.8 degrees Celsius (99.9 degrees Fahrenheit) or more, diarrhea, vomiting, or a contagious condition (http://www.webmd.boots.com/cold-and-flu/features/your-child-too-sick-for-school), please keep the child at home until no longer infectious. If you are unsure don’t hesitate to contact me!
Occasionally there may be an “outbreak” of head lice at the school. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice, and though they can be a nuisance they have not been shown to spread disease. If your child complains of an itchy head or you notice a lot of scratching it is wise to check for lice (http://www.webmd.com/children/ss/slideshow-lice-overview). The student will not be dismissed early from school but once at home should not return to school until after treatment has been started.
After the winter break grades kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 will be screened for hearing and vision as per US standards. You will receive a letter from me when the screenings begin.
Symptoms such as headache, joint pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever could indicate malaria (http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/malaria-topic-overview), even if your child is taking prophylactic medication. Malaria is very manageable if diagnosed early, and if symptoms appear it is best to rule it out! There are several laboratories in Dakar that are open 24 hours a day that will perform a simple test to diagnose malaria with immediate results. I can point you in the right direction.
We are an active community! Students should be reminded to drink plenty of water during the day to prevent dehydration. Please send them to school with their own water bottle, which they can safely refill at our drinking fountains. Also children and young adults should be reminded to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning and get enough sleep at night (https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/The-Case-for-Eating-Breakfast.aspx).
Thanks for visiting the School Nurse webpage. I look forward to working with you as we continue to ensure a happy, healthy environment for our students and the entire ISD community.