The primary objective of the Clinic is to:
- Monitor the health and well-being of students and employees.
- Conduct regular medical examinations of students.
- Detect early signs and symptoms of health issues which may affect learning, and encourage students to contact their own family health care providers for diagnosis and treatment.
- Monitor and maintain growth and development of students.
- Administer nursing care appropriate to the identified nursing needs of the student.
- Plan, implement and evaluate health education programme for students.
- Plan, implement and evaluate immunization programme of all the students in the School, in accordance to the guidelines and regulations stipulated by Ministry of Health (MOH).
- Provide first aid or emergency care to sick or injured students and employees.
- Identify and eliminate hazards to the health and safety of students and employees.
- Improve nutritional status of the students.
A. First Aid
- The School Nurse shall assume the authority to administer first aid or emergency care to sick or injured students. The first aid will be administered, appropriate to the students' condition or needs.
- In the event where the injury is deemed severe, the students shall be transferred to an emergency facility.
- Determine the exclusion and return of students, who have previously contracted dangerous contagious conditions, in conjunction with their physicians and/or MOH officials. Some guidelines include:
|Chicken pox||Until fully recovered or at least 1 week after the eruption first occurs. All lesions should be crusted.|
|Conjunctivitis||Until discharge from eyes has stopped.|
|Hepatitis A||Until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection.|
|Hepatitis B||Until recovery from acute attack.|
|Impetigo (or school sores)||Until sores have fully healed. The child may be allowed to return earlier provided that appropriate treatment has begun and sores on exposed surfaces are covered with moisture proof dressings.|
|Measles||Until at least 5 days from the appearance of the rash or until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection.|
|Until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from the infection.|
|Mumps||Until fully recovered, at least 9 days after onset of symptoms.|
|Pediculosis (or head lice)||Until appropriate treatment has begun.|
|Pertussis (or whopping cough)||Until 2 weeks after the onset of the illness and until receipt of medical certificate of recovery from infection.|
|Ringworm||Until appropriate treatment has begun.|
|Rotavirus (or diarrhoea)||Until diarrhoea has stopped.|
|Rubella||Until fully recovered or until at least 5 days after onset of rash.|
|Scabies||Until appropriate treatment has begun.|
|Shigella (or diarrhoea)||Until diarrhoea has stopped.|
(including scarlet fever)
|Until receipt of medical certificate of recovery from infection.|
|Trachoma||Until appropriate treatment has begun.|
|Tuberculosis||Until receipt of medical certificate from a health officer stating that the child is not considered infectious.|
C. Allergy management
- Recognizing that the risk of accidental exposure to allergens can be reduce in the school setting, the School Nurse is committed to work in cooperation with parents, students and physicians, to minimize risks and provide a safe educational environment for all students.
- The focus of allergy management shall be on prevention, education, awareness, communication and emergency response.
- To maintain the health and protect the safety of children who have life-threatening allergies in ways that are developmentally appropriate, promote self-advocacy and competence in self-care and provide appropriate educational opportunities.
- To ensure that intervention action plans (such as Allergy Action Plan) for students with life-threatening allergies are based on medically accurate information and evidence-based practices
D. Random drug testing
- Students shall be liable to participate in a random drug test for the presence of illegal drugs, by providing a sample of hair or urine, or otherwise advised, in the strict privacy of the Clinic.
- Drug tests shall be administered without prior notification.
- Refusal to undergo a drug test shall be constructed as a positive test.
- Tampering with a test sample shall result in a retest under observed conditions, and shall subject the student to disciplinary actions.
- In the event that the drug test result comes back positive or drugs and/or substance abuse, the applicable child will be suspended from School until further notice.