Update from the Nurse

With cold and flu season upon us, please keep the following guidelines in mind when deciding whether or not to send your child to school. This will help to control the spread of infectious diseases at school and allow your child to be available for learning.

Students should remain home for the following reasons:

  • For a temperature greater than 37.7 C.
  • Children should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school and not taking fever reducing medication to control symptoms.
  • If diagnosed with a strep infection, students need to be on an antibiotic for a minimum of 24hours, fever free, and feeling well before returning to school.
  • If your child has vomited or had persistent diarrhea during the night or in the morning before school.
  • If your child has a heavy, moist productive cough, chest congestion, or discolored nasal drainage.
  • If your child has pinkeye (conjunctivitis). Students need to have completed 24 hours of medication, and have no visible redness or discharge before returning to school.

Students returning to school should be kept home until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. This is important for your child’s health and the health of his/her classmates. Please continue to remind your child of the importance of frequent hand washing, healthy eating, and proper use and disposal of tissues during this cold and flu season.

When notifying the school of your child’s absence, please give us the reason for the absence and also alert the school nurse in addition to the teacher school.nurse@bisad.ae.

It is also school policy that students who have a fever measuring 37.7 and above, are vomiting or diagnosed as clinically unwell by our school nursing team will not, under any circumstances be permitted to travel home by school bus. They are required to be collected by a parent or guardian. This policy must be adhered to under all circumstances.

Please click here to read further information regarding H1N1, which is commonly known as Influenza A and is the common seasonal flu for 2017/18.

Amy Masson, SN
Director of Health Operations