School Nurse

A registered nurse is present from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during regular school days. The school nurse has a multi-faceted role within the school, supporting the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of students and their success in the learning process.

Programs Offered

  1. In order to address potential health problems that are barriers to learning or symptoms of underlying medical conditions, the nurses do yearly screening activities. They include vision, hearing, height, and weight, as well as head checks for lice/nits (three times annually for kindergarten and junior school students and once a year for middle and high school students). Kindergarten is done at the request of the teacher.
  2. Scoliosis screening is offered annually to middle school students.
  3. The school nurse works closely with the Administration and the Parents’ Association to ensure that the school is a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff.

Message from the School Nurse

January 2017

Dear Sacred Heart Parents,

Welcome back to all returning and new families.

We hope everyone had healthy and restful winter holidays. Since school has re-started when we are in the midst of very cold, dry weather we would like to remind you to please encourage your child to drink enough water throughout the day to prevent dehydration, and to encourage handwashing to prevent stomach related illnesses.

We would like to outline some of the policies relating to health at Sacred Heart.

Throughout the school year we will be carrying out head lice checks, and a health screening which includes vision and hearing tests, as well as height and weight.


Please administer medications at home whenever possible. Should your child require medication to be administered during the school day, please provide us with the medication and the following information.

Administer the first dose at home. This prevents an allergic reaction from occurring at school. If your child takes medication on a regular basis, please consider leaving a 3-day supply at the Nurse’s Office. Any medication brought to the school, should be given to the nurse.
All prescribed medication to be administered at school must be received in a clearly marked container, labelled, and accompanied by a written letter from a parent / guardian with the following details:

  1. Name of student
  2. Grade
  3. Condition for which medication is to be given
  4. Name of the medication
  5. Dosage
  6. Parent /guardian signature

Also, if your child has a food allergy, eg. peanuts, or any type of allergy, and is in need of an Epipen injector, or antihistamine, please be sure to notify the school nurse and your child’s homeroom teacher immediately.

If your child received an immunization during the holiday, please contact us, so that we may update their health record. We encourage parents to please keep their child’s immunization record up to date.

These guidelines are for the safety and protection of all the students at Sacred Heart.

Lice check:
If you discover your child has been exposed to lice, please inform the Nurse’s Office. Head lice does not indicate lack of hygiene. However, it is acquired by direct head to head contact with an infected person’s hair, or by sharing combs, hats, and / or other accessories. We suggest that you take a look at your child’s hair at least once a week.
For more information please check these sites.

We are looking forward to a safe and healthy second semester.

Zahia Aratani and Sandey Stayanoff
ISSH School Nurses

Flu Information from CDC

CDC (Center of Disease Control) recommends:

The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year. But if you get the flu, there are prescription antiviral drugs that can treat your illness. Early treatment is very important. Everyday pre­ventive actions may slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.

How the flu is spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or talking to someone with the flu.

People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. That means you may be able to spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick as well as while you are sick. Young children, those who are severely ill, and those who have severely weakened immune systems may be able to infect others for longer than 5-7 days.

What are everyday preventive actions?

  1. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  2. Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  3. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  6. Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.

Useful Health Links

General Health Information

  • Kid’s Health - Information about health, behavior and development from before birth through teen years (in English)
  • WHO - World Health Organization (in English)
  • IDSC - Infectious Disease Surveillance Control (both in Japanese and English)
  • MOFA - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan both in Japanese and English)

Medicine (Drug) Information


Useful at Japanese Clinics/Hospitals

Additional Information

Influenza Policy

  • A student/faculty/staff member diagnosed with Influenza must stay home for five days from the first day the symptoms appeared. The school must be informed of an Influenza diagnosis.
  • Upon returning to the school, the person must be checked by the school nurse before going to class.
  • If a fever persists, the student/faculty/staff member should stay home until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.