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Our goal as a school clinic is to promote and support the health of the students so that they may fully participate in their classes and all activities offered. We understand that good attendance in school is important for a child’s success; however, there may be occasions when parents are undecided whether their child is fit to attend school.
Generally, if a child is too sick to be comfortable at school or to participate in classroom activities, or if they may spread a contagious disease to other children, they should remain at home. The following guidelines cannot cover every eventuality but may help you decide whether your child should stay at home or come to school.
A student who has a persistent, hacking cough will find it hard to concentrate and may cause significant disruption in class and should be kept at home. If the cough is such that it interferes with the student’s ability to talk or function normally, they should stay at home. A mild, infrequent, cough is not generally too debilitating and is quite common, but if your child develops a cough that is more severe than you would reasonably expect with the common cold, you should consider taking them to their doctor, particularly if this is associated with fever, abnormal behavior, difficulty in breathing or wheezing.
Students suffering from this should be kept at home and should visit their doctor if symptoms persist. They should be free of symptoms for 24 hours and able to keep down food and drink before they return to school.
It is school policy that a child with a fever of 37.8° C (99.8° F) or above should not come to school and cannot remain in school. Before returning to school the student should be free from fever (without medication) for 24 hours.
This can be caused by a virus, bacteria or allergy. There may be redness, swelling, itchiness, discharge and puffiness. A student with these symptoms should not come to school but should visit his/her doctor to see if antibiotic drops are necessary. The school requests a medical certificate of clearance by the attending pediatrician or ophtalmologist before the student can return to school, as this condition can be extremely contagious.
They are most often caused by bacteria or viruses, which can be passed to others easily. The school requests a medical certificate of clearance by the attending pediatrician or dermatologist before the student can return to school.
This is often the first indication of a common cold virus or a reaction to allergens such as pollen or dust and should not usually be a reason to keep a child at home. Only if the child is too uncomfortable to be able to participate in normal classroom activities or to complete their work should this be considered a reason to stay home. The younger children particularly may find that they are too uncomfortable to come to school as their nasal passages are smaller and they find it difficult to manage a constantly dripping nose.
The student should stay at home and consider visiting his/her doctor, particularly if there is significant swelling or pain of the throat. If a student is diagnosed with strep throat, he/she should not return to school before they are fever free and on antibiotics for 24 hours.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE SCHOOL HAS YOUR CURRENT CONTACT DETAILS AND ALSO ALTERNATIVE CONTACTS IF YOU CANNOT BE REACHED. NOTIFY THE SCHOOL IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE AWAY FROM HOME AND NOMINATE AN ALTERNATIVE GUARDIAN WHO WILL BE ABLE TO COLLECT AND CARE FOR YOUR CHILD IN YOUR ABSENCE.
In line with the Clinic’s Policy on students taking medications during school hours, please be guided by the following:
Students will not be permitted to take medication while at school unless such medicine is given to them by the school nurse under specific request of the parent or guardian and under the written instructions of the student’s physician if appropriate and/or completion of an authorization form from the Clinic.
If medication must be administered by school personnel, it must be under the following conditions:
The above procedure will also apply to all non-prescription medicines administered to students in Preschool through Grade 4. Students in Grade 5 through 12 may keep non-prescription medications with them under the following conditions:
In line with ISM’s mission to build a community of reflective learners, a drug testing program was initiated several years ago. Contrary to common belief, it aims not to apprehend but to help students, as early as possible, to get rid of the horrible effects of illegal drugs and continue with their roles as passionate, caring and responsible contributors to the world in which we live. In one way or another, it also prevent students succumbing to temptation to try them.
Randomly selected students from the Middle School and High School are selected each day for testing. Urine or hair samples are collected by our qualified personnel after proper identification of the student. Each sample is assigned a specific code number and custody control form to assure confidentiality of each student tested and that no sample switching will occur. Samples collected are then sent to accredited laboratories in Metro Manila and in the United States to be tested using immunoassay techniques. Results are received within a week after the date of collection.
Click here for a summary of the procedure.
Ruel John T. Landrito, MD
Drug Testing Consultant, ISM
Dengue is a concern for everyone living in the Philippines and we should all be vigilant. We hope that the following information will help you to avoid this illness.
What is dengue fever? What is dengue hemorrhagic fever?
Dengue fever is a flu-like illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a severe, sometimes fatal, complication of dengue fever.
Protect yourself against Dengue with the following system:
Search and destroy the breeding places of dengue-causing mosquitoes which may be found in old tires, coconut husks, gutters, discarded bottles, flower vases and other vessels that can hold stagnant water. These containers are good breeding places of female AEDES AEGYPTI mosquitoes, day biting female mosquitoes which are responsible for transmitting the dengue virus to human beings. These mosquitoes like to rest in dark corners of your home so keep mosquito nets closed to avoid letting them in.
Self protection measures include wearing long sleeves or long pants, or using mosquito repellant to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Children, especially the small ones who are at home, should wear long pants or pyjamas and long-sleeved tops, whenever possible, so that they will not be bitten by mosquitoes. Keep mosquito screens and nets closed as much as possible.
Seek early consultation; visit the doctor when a person exhibits the early signs of dengue.
Dengue fever usually starts suddenly with:
The severity of the joint pain has given dengue the name "breakbone fever." Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are common. A rash usually appears 3 to 4 days after the start of the fever. The illness can last up to 10 days, but complete recovery can take as long as a month.
Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illness, but some can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. Signs and symptoms of dengue hemorrhagic fever include:
Dengue hemorrhagic fever is fatal in about 5 percent of cases, mostly among children and young adults. Prompt medical treatment is necessary in all cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever.
Please note that fogging kills only the adult infected mosquito but not the larvae which can also carry the virus.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread from person to person through the air. A TB skin test (Mantoux or PPD test) will tell you if you have ever come into contact with TB. Additional tests will help show if you have TB disease or TB infection.
(World Health Organization, Stop TB Partnership, 2007)
While living in the Philippines can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, it is necessary to take some sensible precautions to protect you and your family against diseases which are known to be endemic in the country. Tuberculosis is one of these diseases.
The following measures may help you to ensure that your family remains safe during your stay in the Philippines:
Other symptoms of active TB disease are:
We hope that these simple measures will ensure that you and your family remain free from the threat of tuberculosis.