This is the webpage of the school nurse at ISD. As part of the ISD team our goal is the intellectual, psychological and physiological welfare of your children. My role at the school is to provide health services for the school community, health promotion activities in and out of the classroom, a point of contact for parents who have concerns about their children and a referral for outside medical care. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 33.825.0871. My office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM during school time and I am happy to see you at any time.
Please make sure your child’s medical information in our files is up to date. If your child has any medical conditions, allergies, regular medications or past history of medical problems it is important we have that information available on our confidential records. Also its important to check periodically your child’s immunization records to make sure they are complete and current. Any queries please contact me.
During the year if your child has fever of 37.5 degrees or more (99 degrees Fahrenheit), diarrhea or vomiting or if they have any communicable disease (refer to this website)
Please keep them at home until they are no longer infectious If you are unsure don’t hesitate to contact me.
If you child is taking regular medication or only a brief course but it needs to be taken at school please complete the attached form and bring it to my office with the medication so it can be dispensed correctly.
If a child presents with a minor ailment requiring over the counter medication, Paracetamol or Tylenol will be given to middle and high school children. For Elementary children, the parents will be phoned for authorization. If a child is needs longer than ½ hour rest and is still unwell the parents will be phoned to collect the child from school.
We need to constantly remind the children to drink lots of water throughout the day. During sport they will often forget to drink and its not until they are thirsty or have a headache realize they are dehydrated. Also children/ young adults need to be reminded and encouraged to eat breakfast. Studies have shown the importance of nourishing food in the morning for academic performance.
During the year the kindergarten, Grade 3, 5,7,9 will be screened for hearing and vision as per US standards. A letter will be sent home with any variations that you should be aware of.
Occasionally there will be an “outbreak” of head lice in the school. This is nothing to be concerned about as it occurs when children are in close proximity. If your child complains of an itchy head or you notice them scratching it is wise to just check for lice. The child needs to be kept at home until after treatment has commenced
If your child is complaining of headache, joint pain, occasionally nausea and vomiting and has fever it is wise to exclude malaria, even if they are taking prophylaxis. Malaria is very manageable if diagnosed early. There are many labs in Dakar that are open 24hours and a simple quick test will give you an immediate answer.
Any health information or alerts that I feel parents may need will appear in the weekly journal.