Our school nurses are the first point of contact in terms of the physical well-being of the children within the school. This includes immunisations and other forms of preventative medicine (such as information on healthy eating).
They are responsible for coordinating between all government bodies (the Ministry of Health), any visiting physicians, any health care providers and parents.
If a child is taken ill in school, the nurse will assess them and decide on the best course of action. The nurse can administer over the counter medication with consent from parents. Where children need off-site medical care (doctor or hospital), parents will be contacted by the nurse to make the relevant arrangements. Parents are responsible for maintaining their correct contact information as this will be used to contact them in the event of any medical matters.
Parents of children with special medical needs should meet with the nurse to discuss any special provision required. This would include chronic illness, congenital conditions or transient medical issues such as broken bones.
The Dubai Health Authority requires that all school children receive a medical in FS1, Year 1 and Year 4, carried out by the school doctor. This is a simple examination and you will be notified in advance; arrangements can be made if you wish to be present. As per DHA regulations, any child transferring from a school outside Dubai requires a health check by the school doctor, regardless of year group.
Our nurses also conduct annual general height, weight and basic eye tests.
Please do not send your child to
school if they are not well, email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name and class in the subject title and provide the reason for absence.
It is a requirement from the Dubai School Health Services that immunisation records are kept for each student. Please ensure that a copy of your child’s immunisation record is forwarded to the school nurses on admission to the school. Please also forward any updated immunisation records following any vaccines received from your own family doctor. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child’s immunisations are kept up to date. No child will be immunised in school under the age of 6 years. Please see the DHA school health immunisation schedule on our school communicator.
Medication should not be carried in school by students or kept in school bags. Parents of any students requiring prescribed medication during school hours should provide a doctor’s letter, authorising the school nurses to administer the clearly labelled medication. The required dosage, route of administration, frequency and timings should be clearly stated and all medications provided must be within their expiry dates. Any over-the-counter medications provided from home should be brought in with the manufacturer’s original label and the student’s name affixed to the container.
Please also note that for all prescribed and over-the-counter medications to be administered during school hours, a letter must be provided from parents requesting that medication is given by the school nurses, with their child’s name, dosage, route of administration and timings clearly stated.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer with the incidence of malignant melanoma doubling every 10 – 15 years. There is a proven link to sun exposure. Also, the greatest amount of damage appears to be before the age of 16.
In view of this it is compulsory for all children in Foundation Stage and Primary to wear a hat while playing outside. We strongly advise that you encourage your child to wear a hat and adequate sunscreen protection. We in turn at school will do all we can to supervise the wearing of hats while the children are playing in direct sunshine. ‘NO HAT, NO PLAY’.
HEALTHY LUNCH BOXES
Are you packing a healthy lunch box? We suggest putting these in your child/children's lunch box daily:
● 2 portions of fruit and vegetables.
● A type of carbohydrate for energy, such as bread, rice, pasta, pittas, bagels, wraps, etc. Try to swap to wholegrain.
● Meat, fish or other source or non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, grain, chickpeas, humus, eggs)
● Dairy foods such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or fromage frais.
● Water or milk.
The following items should NOT be included in packed lunches or snacks:
● Nuts (including peanut butter) and any products containing nuts.
● Pork and pork products.
● Sweets and chocolates.
● Sweet cakes or sugary doughnuts.
● Chocolate bars.
● Crisps (occasionally)
● Jam or chocolate spread filling for sandwiches.
● Sugary fizzy drinks should be avoided.
Great tips to consider when making a packed lunch box:
1. Less Spread: cut down on spread used and try to avoid using mayonnaise in sandwiches.
2. Cut back on fat: pick low fat sandwich fillings, such as lean meats (including chicken or turkey) fish (such as tuna or salmon) or reduced-fat cheese.
3. Always add vegetables: add salad to sandwiches e.g. cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, cucumber, celery and peppers. All count towards 5 A DAY.
4. Make them fuller for longer: choose wholegrain or granary where you can (bread, rice, pasta)
5. Make easy swaps: if your child likes something sweet, give him/her raisins or a small can or pot of chopped fruit. If he/she prefers savoury foods, give plain popcorn, rice cakes or crunchy carrot sticks.
For more information please visit The British Nutrition Foundation.