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.
  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.

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.

Head Lice Policy

Over the past 10 years, there have been important changes in the way schools manage head lice. These changes are based upon scientific evidence and research from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Based upon these evidence-based recommendations, we are updating our school policies on the management of head lice to reflect current best practices. These changes are in the best interests of our students’ welfare as we strive to promote optimal learning in the classroom environment.

Head lice are a nuisance, but are not a health threat and carry no disease. It is surprisingly uncommon for head lice to be spread among students in the school setting. When a child is identified with head lice, most often the child has brought it in from outside the school environment. In the interest of promoting and following best-practice recommendations, the revisions to our current policy below will be effective immediately:

  • No student should ever miss school time because of head lice, therefore our former “no-nit” policy will be eliminated. A “no-nit” policy does not reduce the transmission of head lice in school. The presence of eggs (nits) does not mean head lice are present, especially if the nits are more than 1 cm from the scalp. Nits can not move from one head to another.
  • All classroom checks will be discontinued. Teachers may request a private head check for an individual student to be done by the school nurses in the privacy of the nurse’s office. Classroom checks do not limit the spread of head lice in schools. Classroom checks disrupt the learning environment.
  • Letters to all parents will not be sent when a case of head lice is identified. Such letters violate student privacy, and can cause unnecessary concern and emotional distress to parents and caregivers.
  • If a case of student head lice is identified by the school nurse, parents of that child will be notified privately and discreetly. The parents will be asked to treat the child at home, and the child can return to school the next day after being rechecked by the school nurse before going to class.
  • It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to check their child’s head on a regular basis for the presence of head lice. The school nurses will always conduct a head check in the privacy of the nurse’s office upon request.

updated December 11, 2017