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Health Services

Reach British School’s Health Services support children at school with many aspects of health care in order to promote safe and healthy living. The school nurses work in collaboration with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) to provide required services to children including;

  • Medication administration and care of children with specific medical needs such as asthma and diabetes
  • Assessment of minor health complaints
  • First Aid treatment for accidents or emergencies during the school day
  • Annual Health Screening Checks (height, weight and BMI calculation to monitor and maintain the health of all children in school
  • Supporting the school health services from HAAD in providing vaccinations as per the HAAD schedule
  • Health and wellness promotion

School Clinics

There are two school clinics in the school, one situated in the Early Years building and the other in the Primary building. It is staffed by two HAAD licensed school nurses. The clinic opens from 07.30-3.30pm Sunday-Wednesday and 7.30am-2.30pm on Thursday.

There is an open door policy in the clinic and students, teachers and parents are welcome to come and speak with a nurse at any time within the school day.

The nurses also work closely with the school social worker to address issues with students if required.

Both clinics in school are equipped to deal with all minor and initial emergency concerns that may occur in school. The clinic and nurses are fully compliant with all HAAD requirements and use evidence based health care practices. The clinics are both officially licenced by HAAD and regularly inspected by both ADEC and HAAD.

Annual Screening Checks

Annual screening checks are mandated by HAAD and data gathered is submitted as part of population monitoring. This information is also held in each child’s individual school health record located within the school clinic. All medical records are confidential and stored in a secure manner in line with UAE regulations.

Vaccinations

Children at school will be offered vaccinations in line with the UAE vaccination schedule. From time to time HAAD will immunise off schedule to the general school population in line with government policy. Children cannot and will not be immunised without parental consent. It is very important that any consent forms sent by the school nurses are filled in and sent back to school as soon as possible. Follow this link below to find out more about the UAE vaccination programme.

Health Eating in School

If you are sending a lunchbox for your child, you must ensure that it consists of healthy and nutritious snacks.

A healthy lunch keeps active kids alert and focused and gives them the nutrition they need every day. But no matter how healthy your child’s lunch box is, it won’t provide any nutritional value if it doesn’t get eaten!

  • Be creative and mix it up
  • Choose from a variety of food types: fruit and vegetables, starchy food, protein and dairy
  • Don't forget the WATER!
  • Don’t include any of the food on the schools banned list

There are some foods that are not allowed in school for health reasons. It is vitally important that all parents work in cooperation with the school in order to maintain the health and safety of all children. If there are allergies in class, the class teacher may set up additional food rules. As a general rule, please ensure that the following items are not sent into school;

  • All types of nuts and nut products i.e. peanut butter or Nutella like spreads
  • Chocolate, sweets, cake or chewing gum
  • Soft drinks (Coke, Sprite, Fanta etc.)
  • Energy Drinks (Red Bull etc.)

You can find out more about healthy eating in schools and at home by following the links below.

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Whatcounts.aspx

Medical Policies

Chicken Pox Policy

Conjunctivitis Policy

Head Lice Policy

Infectious Disease Prevention & Control Policy

Disclosure of Information

Reach British School will not be held accountable for any incident which occurs relating to any pre-existing health conditions unless they have been fully disclosed. The school nurses will only act within their bounds and on the information supplied. It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the school of their children’s medical conditions, allergies and keep the school updated if the status changes. Non-disclosure of any medical conditions puts your child at risk in the case of an emergency. It will be treated extremely seriously should an incident occur in relation to nondisclosure of important health information.

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