Student Services School Nurse

Student wellness and safety is a priority at AISJ as such we have a School Clinic on campus located on the First Floor of the Elementary School building.

Our School Nurse is readily available to care for your child in the event of any minor injury or illness and can administer medication as directed by the parent or guardian.

We encourage open communication between the clinic and parents/guardians so that your child has a successful and healthy school year.

In addition to taking care of your child, the Nurse plays a pivotal role at AISJ when it comes to health-related education and is frequently involved in classroom instructions and activities on the topic of health.

You may contact the School Nurse or assistant directly by emailing nurse@aisj.edu.sa or calling 012 662 0051 and asking to be transferred to the nurse.

When To Keep Your Child Home

We understand that children in classrooms, who are ill, can infect one another. We hope that with parent/guardian cooperation, we can maintain a healthy school year. Children learn best when they are healthy and well rested. Please try to assure that your child has adequate sleep and healthy snacks.

If your child shows any of the following signs, please keep him or her home:

Fever 100 F (38 C) or greater Vomiting within the past 24 hours Diarrhea within the past 24 hours Frequent, uncontrolled cough Undiagnosed rash

Nurse’s Office Visits

All students who ask to see the school nurse must request a pass from their teacher unless it is an emergency. If it is determined by the nurse that a student has excessive visits or reoccurring complaints the parents/guardian will be called to discuss concerns or the need for medical attention. Students that are in Lower School will receive a note from the nurse for their parents/guardians after nurse visits.

Immunizations

The American International School of Jeddah adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination schedule. The recommended vaccination schedule for children age 18 years old and younger can be found on the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/

Forms

We request that each student has a health form on file. The health form is a dynamic form that can be changed by the parent/guardian at any time. It is important that we have detailed information for student health and safety. Parent/Guardian must provide the Nurse’s Office with a Consent to Treat form in order for student’s to receive care while at school. The form can be tailored to meet individual student’s needs.

Medications at School

Students are not allowed to carry medications on person while at school. Violations will result in disciplinary actions.

Most inhalers are kept in the Nurse’s Office unless ordered by a physician to keep on person.

EP-Pens are kept in the Nurse’s Office and often parents/guardians will give an additional EPI-Pen to their child’s elementary school teacher to keep in the classroom.

Peanuts/Nuts Policy

AISJ is not a peanut free school, as such it is important that we work together with parents and guardiansto provide a safe school environment for students with peanut or nut allergies. Faculty and staff are offered training on the EPI-Pen administration and Anaphylactic Shock.

The Nurse’s Office will discuss any of your concerns regarding allergies and assist you inmaking your child’s classroom a safe learning environment.

Special Health Care Needs

If your child will be attending school with a cast, crutches, new medication, a newly diagnosed illness, or requiring a medical procedure such as nebulizer treatment, please call the Nurse’s Office as soon as possible to discuss accommodations with the school nurse. It is important that the nurse is aware of students who are on crutches or who have a cast to ensure student safety.

Communicable Illness

Communicable diseases are a very common occurrence among children. There is neither shame nor guilt if your child should contract one of these illnesses. We strongly encourage you to take every opportunity to stress the importance of hand washing and proper coughing techniques with your children. If your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease please inform the Nurse’s Office for the wellbeing and safety of our AISJ community. All information is kept confidential.

Fever

If your child has a fever of 100 F (38 C) or higher, please keep him/her home. We recommend that children remain fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. This is very important to help prevent the transfer of disease.

Head Lice

The school nurse will conduct head lice checks when the need arises. Parents will be immediately notified when their child is identified to have head lice at school. The child will be readmitted to school after treatment and inspection by the school nurse for the absence of lice and nits. If head lice were found while at home, please inform the school nurse. Every effort is made for confidentiality.

Conjunctivitis

If conjunctivitis is suspected while at school, you will be asked to pick up your child for further medical evaluation. Your child may return to school after 24 hours of treatment for conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis has several different causes and if your doctor decides not to prescribe medication then a note should be provided to the school nurse.

Strep Throat

Students that have been diagnosed with strep throat must have at least 24 hours of antibiotic medicine and the absence of fever before returning to school.

Impetigo

Your child will be allowed to attend school as long as the impetigo is covered. Impetigo often breaks out around the nose and mouth and cannot be covered. In those cases keep your child at home until they have received treatment medication for at least 24 hours and the sores are no longer active.

Fifth Disease

Children are usually contagious only during the first stage of the disease. Once the disease is identifiable, the student is no longer contagious and may attend school. Please notify the school nurse if your child has fifth disease; as all pregnant staff members must be notified.