Infirmary service:

  • There are two infirmaries at IKNS. One located in the elementary building and serveselementary students, the second located in the highschool building and servesstudents inmiddle and high school.
  • One infirmary supervisor and one registered nurse are allocated to each infirmary. On average in a day the infirmary may receive between 60 and 100 visits from students with various complaints.
  • The infirmary at the school providesfirst aid services for thestudents.Theinfirmary supervisor and nurses are trained in First Aid as are a select number of staff from the school
  • Medical conditions that arise unexpectedly at school are referred to the infirmary supervisor and nurse for their assessment and management.
  • All KG students will come accompanied by an adult staff at all times.
  • The infirmary does not support the diagnosis of medical conditions or illness and does not provide examination or treatment options beyond those required by first aid protocols. These measures ensure the safety of the student until he/she may be escorted home by their parent/guardian or transported to a medical facility if needed.
  • The school expects the students who arrive to school to be in a healthy state and able to complete their learning activities fully. Sick students are advised to stay at home until the time when they have completely recovered from their illness.
  • Parents are advised to take into consideration that the infirmary staff could be unexpectedly busy with urgent incidents, which may prevent them from providing follow-up or observation of their recovering son/daughter.

Medication:

  • The infirmary does not provide prescriptions and does not administer any medication beyond simple over-the-counter medicine that may be needed on an urgent basis, for example: Panadol, Brufen, Antacids, and Antihistamines.

Communication with parents:

  • Parents will be informed of students who visit the infirmary frequently.
  • Students who have reportable conditions will either be given a written report or the parents will be contacted by telephone.
  • Parents are advised to give written instruction to the infirmary regarding any medical intervention their child might need at school, this includes instructions to give medicine (time and dose), if the child should call his parents for any complaint or if the student will be picked up early. It is essential that a prescription from the treating physician is provided for any prescription medication that must be given during the school day. The infirmary supervisor can refuse to give any medication without a written prescription.
  • The infirmary supervisor will rely on the information and telephone numbers provided on the student’s medical card. Parents are required to update this information whenever a change is made.
  • Students with special medical conditions such as diabetes, migraines, epilepsy, asthma or allergies must provide a written report from a licensed physician in Bahrain detailing their treatment and recommendations for management. The infirmary supervisor will follow the recommendations of the treating physician to the extent that is practically possible. A medical report is crucial to ensure safe management of your child in case of emergency.
  • Parents are expected to update the school on new conditions or changes in a pre-existing condition. Failure to do so puts your child at risk and the school cannot be liable for any incidents that may occur as a result.

Vaccines:

  • The ministry of Health in Bahrain requires the school to keep an updated vaccination record of all students. Therefore, all students are required to provide and update their vaccination records according to the Ministry of health recommendations.
  • Students who are exempt from taking vaccinations due to a medical condition or allergy must provide a medical report supporting this recommendation.

Medical Procedures:

Minor Incidents managed at school:

Some minor incidents will be managed at school without the need to call the parents or send a report; these incidents include but are not restricted to:

  • Paper cuts.
  • Superficial abrasions due to a fall while playing
  • Minor bumps to the head or limbs
  • Minor headache which subsides with eating or drinking water
  • Minor abdominal pain that subsides with eating, drinking water or using the toilet
  • Nose bleed not related to major trauma
  • Minor sports injuries

Minor Incidents reported to the parents:

Some minor incidents may require follow up at home for which the parents will be called or a written report will be sent with the student, these conditions include but are not limited to:

  • A temperature less than 37.8 that responds to treatment and the child is in good spirits
  • Minor allergy that subsides with the administration of antihistamine.
  • A single incident of vomiting in a middle or high school student following which the student feels all right and able to resume class work normally.
  • Trauma to the face (eyes, nose and mouth).
  • Major bumps to the head that require observation
  • Minor sports injuries that require observation at home.

Incidents/ illness requiring collection of the student:

There are certain conditions that will require the student to be collected from school; these conditions include but are not limited to:

  • A fever of 37.8 or higher associated with other signs of illness
  • Persistent cough that prevents the student from participating in class fully.
  • A student who shows signs of feeling unwell and cannot participate in class fully.
  • Severe vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain.
  • Severe period cramps (dysmenorrhea).
  • Epileptic seizure.
  • Severe asthma attack.
  • Allergic reaction.
  • Suspicion of fracture or sprain
  • Intractable nosebleed that does not subside with application of ice and rest.
  • Skin rash that develops in association with fever.
  • Pink eye
  • Head lice
  • Suspected contagious disease such as chicken pox or hand-footmouth.

Need for an ambulance

There are instances when the infirmary supervisor decides an ambulance is needed. In such cases a staff member at school will call 999 and the parent/ guardian of the student will be informed immediately.

These conditions include but are not limited to the following:

  • If the student appears not to be breathing or is having difficulty breathing or complains of chest pain.
  • In case of severe injury resulting in profuse bleeding which does not stop with proper first aid measures.
  • Unconscious and/or unresponsive student.
  • Confused student who is not aware of his/ surrounding or responds incoherently to simple questions.
  • Any student who has a fit for the first time at school, even if he/she seems to recover from it later.
  • Any fit lasting more than 3 minutes in a student known to have epilepsy.
  • Severe allergic reaction.
  • Extensive burns
  • Suspected of spinal injury

During the time it takes the ambulance to arrive to school, the infirmary supervisor or a staff member will provide first aid to the student and continuous supervision. The school will not attempt to transfer a student in critical condition in a private car.

Diabetes/Asthma Management:

Parents of students suffering from Diabetes or Asthma are requested to fill in the related "Management Form" and revise it by the treating physician, in order to properly and safely manage their child while he/she is at school. Click to view the forms.

Head Lice School Policy:

    School Role:

  • Periodic inspections will be carried out during the academic year.
  • Parents will be informed if live lice are found in their child’s hair.
  • The student will be sent home to get the proper treatment, and can only attend school once his/her hair is completely clear of head lice.
  • Educational brochure will be sent along with the student. Click on the link to browse the brochure .
  • Upon returning to school, re inspection will be done to insure the hair is completely clear.

Parent's/Guardian's Role:

  • Parents are advised to examine their children’s hair regularly every week to make sure the hair is free of lice, or for early detection and using the appropriate therapy to treat the head lice.
  • Parents should notify the school in case hair lice is found in their child’s head in order for the school to check his/her contacts.
  • Follow the instructions in the brochure for the correct treatment and to avoid recurrence of the problem.
  • In case of recurrences or lack of response to treatment, the patient should be referred to a physician for further management.

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