Health includes everything from emotional and mental well-being to eating a balanced, nutritious diet to living an active lifestyle. When it comes to learning, good health is one of the most important factors for success in school. NIC supports the physical health and mental well-being of students in all kinds of ways. But the role parents and families play is just as important, and we help by sharing tools you need to support healthy living at home.
Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Making the connection between what we eat and how it affects wellness is at the core healthy eating. Eating breakfast impacts a student’s ability to learn and focus in the classroom. By packing a healthy lunch for your child, you ensure they can recharge and get through the day.
* A doctor is is available in the campus health services office. Students may go to the health office at any time during the school day when ill or injured from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Students going to the clinic during class time must have a pass from the teacher and are accompanied by an adult (teacher or matron)
* Students may be referred to the school clinic by the school staff for vision testing, personal hygiene or other problems related to health. If the student is too ill to continue with classes, parents will be notified and requested to take the student home.
* Your child’s medical report will be kept with the doctor and it is advisable that you discuss any medical condition your child may have directly with her.
Please remember to update any changes in the information you provide concerning your child’s health. If your child is obviously not well when getting ready for school, please keep him/her at home.
* If your child gets hurt at school he/she will be cared for by the school doctor. If after care and a short rest your child is not well enough to return to class, we will contact you to arrange for pick up.
* If your child sustains a bump on the head, either in class or in the playground, we obviously take the matter seriously and observe carefully. If you think it is necessary, we can seek medical advice. After the incident, if your child vomits or appears drowsy, please contact your doctor.
* If your child has been sent to the Doctor's room during the school day we will send a note home to let you know. In the case of minor grazes and bruises etc. we will let the children tell you about the incident themselves.
* In an emergency, the office staff will try to contact you urgently, meanwhile we will take your child to the hospital of your choice.
Medication at school:
The school doctor agrees to accept the responsibility of medication administration to students on condition that the following policy is adhered to:
* The student is not permitted to have medication in his/her schoolbag to take independently. All medication is to be kept in the clinic where it will be kept securely.
* Medication is to be labeled with the student’s full name and class written clearly on the package.
* A parent / caregiver is required to fill out correctly a parent Consent Form at the beginning of the School year, for administration of medicines.
* When students suffer from headaches, aches, pains, toothaches etc, the school physician may be faced with the option of providing a mild analgesic. However, prior consent must be given by parents for this to be administered. All parents are, therefore, asked to sign the consent form for the administration of paracetamol, antacid and Ibuprofen. The consent form will be sent to you when you join the school. We are unable to give any oral non-prescribed medicine to students unless we have specific written permission from the parents.
Illness and Exclusion from School:
* If your child suffers from a non-communicable medical condition requiring specific medication which the school doctor may have to administer, please provide the school doctor with the necessary details (timings, dose, etc)
* If your child is asthmatic, you must send a letter to the school doctor along with an inhaler that is clearly labelled with your child’s name. The inhaler will be kept by the doctor for your child’s emergency use.
* Any serious allergies should be brought to the attention of the class teacher and the doctor who will then display the information, if appropriate, in the staff room.
* Children who are ill with communicable diseases must be kept at home until the infection is over. A doctor’s advice is needed to confirm the recommended period of exclusion from school. The school doctor requires a written letter from the family doctor stating when the child may return to school.
What to Know About Treatment, and Prevention?
Fall and spring are prime seasons for head lice. It is important to be vigilant in the inspection of the children’s heads for the presence of head lice on regular basis and specifically during these periods of time. The school will check the students periodically to make sure there are no cases.
Here are some tips that may help you understand the head lice:
How do I know if my child has head lice or nits?
The signs that a child may have head lice include: itching of the scalp; the feeling that something is moving in the hair; visible lice crawling on the scalp or hair. If your child has any of these signs or symptoms, he or she should be examined and treated.
How to prevent head lice?
Check your child’s head weekly for lice and/or nits. If you find head lice or nits, please notify the school and keep your child home until he or she is properly treated. Children with live lice and/or nits who have not been treated should not attend school. A parent must accompany the child upon return to school after treatment where the school doctor will check to be sure there are no live lice/or nits. The child may not return if live lice /or nits are still present. Once a child has been treated for lice or nits and returns to school, frequent re-checks will be done to ensure that treatment was effective. Teach your child not to share combs, brushes, barrettes, hats, towels and other personal items.
Teach your child to avoid head-to-head contact during play and other activities.
School head lice policy:
* Immediate exclusion from school.
* Return to school is conditioned on: After identifying and isolating an infested student, the school policy typically requires some sort of verification that the student is no longer infectious before being readmitted to the school. Typically, this involves inspecting the child for evidence of continued infestation.