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

Dear Parents,

We hope you are enjoying the beautiful sakura!
We have been busy in the nurse’s office since coming back from spring break.

Seasonal allergies

Seasonal allergy symptoms can include red, itchy eyes, that are watering and/or swelling. Other common symptoms include sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing. If your child has these symptoms and takes medications, please give the first dose at home before school to avoid the worsening of symptoms during school hours. If there is a need for eye drops during the day, please let us know and provide written directions. Often students bring the eye drops with no written directions or reason for the use of the eye drops.
Please encourage your child to frequently wash their hands with soap and water especially after coughing, sneezing, or after blowing the nose. The best defense against illness and to reduce the risk of allergies is to wash hands as often as possible.

For more infor. Please visit this website.

Head Lice Checks on April 4

All KG and JS girls were checked for head lice. Lice are typically NOT passed from student to student in school. It takes prolonged direct head to head contact, and this does not occur in the school setting.
For more info. please see this link.

Scoliosis Screenings on April 5

Scoliosis is the curvature of the spine, and can cause lifetime crippling if not caught early and treated.
Early this week we had our Physiotherapist Ms. Winnie from Tokyo Physio conduct scoliosis screenings on the MS girls in the nurse’s office. If there are any immediate concerns about your daughter, the Physiotherapist will notify you directly of her findings.

Please contact the nurse’s office if you have any questions.

Happy Spring and enjoy the sakura!
Zahia Aratani and Sandey Stayanoff RN
nurse@issh.ac.jp

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

Immunization/Vaccine

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.