Health, Safety and Security
This handbook provides you with information that will help you become acquainted with the aims and objectives of the school, a brief overview of the curriculum as well as practical day-to-day information.
- Administration of Medications
- Counselling Services
- Emergency Closure
- Infectious and Communicable Diseases
If your child is going to be absent or needs to leave school for a scheduled medical or dental appointment, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 041 768 29 50 by 08:30. It is important that the office is notified of the absence and they will communicate the information they receive to ISZL staff. Any student who misses more than three days of school due to illness must present a certificate from their doctor to the School Nurse.
Parents must notify the School Nurse of any daily-prescribed medications your child may be taking. The School Nurse must dispense all medications.
Please send the medications to the Nurse in their original packaging with the prescription on the packaging. Each August, the Nurse issues a Health Form for parents to complete and return to the school, which specifies the medication your child may need during school hours. Students are not to be carrying any medications around in their bags during school hours unless cleared by the Nurse.
If your child carries adrenalin pens (EpiPens), we request another one be kept in the Nurse’s Office as a precautionary measure. All ISZL staff are trained on how to administer an EpiPen in an emergency.
ISZL maintains a list of all the allergies of our students and any medications or remedies for these allergies. Our kitchen staff does not to use peanuts and peanut oil in their cooking due to the allergic reactions they can cause. Please inform the school via the school’s Health Form, which should be completed at the beginning of each school year.
Counselling services at ISZL are comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and focused on the whole child. The school counsellors are professional advocates who address the academic, career, university, developmental, social and emotional needs of your child, as well as post high school plans.
The counsellor offers individual, group and family counselling to the ISZL community. Counselling topics may include adjustment to school, academics and social concerns. Creating a partnership and establishing an atmosphere of trust and rapport with the students, parents and staff are extremely important. Therefore, confidentiality is honoured and discussed.
The counsellor also assists in:
- Building positive communities that cross-cultural barriers
- Providing outstanding transitioning assistance and support for incoming students and families
- Assisting students in developing skills towards independence
- Facilitating parent workshops to assist parents in their task of creating an atmosphere for raising emotionally healthy families
- Helping students in acquiring the skills needed to foster positive relationships within and beyond the school environment
The counsellor can be a vital resource while assisting students in crisis through effective communication, making appropriate referrals and taking into account cultural differences and religious beliefs.
In the event of an overnight problem or of an emergency that develops before school opens, the Director will initiate emergency closure procedures. If a school campus is closed before the start of school, an SMS will be sent to all affected members of the community via to the mobile numbers of ISZL parents and staff by 06:45. An email confirmation will be sent by 07:00 and a notice will appear on the homepage of the school website by 07:15. If a school campus closes during a school day, an SMS will be sent to all affected members of the community followed by an email confirmation.
In the event of a fire at school, the alarm will sound. Faculty will then direct students in a calm and sensible way to the nearest safe exit. Students will gather at a designated evacuation area with their homeroom groups. Teachers will check the attendance, which is why parents must notify the school if a student is absent and an essential reason students sign in and out when leaving the campus.
The health and safety of each student are of paramount importance to us. Accidents and illnesses, unfortunately, do occur during the school day. ISZL employs a Registered Nurse to see to the students during school hours for health maintenance, first-aid needs and those who feel ill. Students must see the School Nurse before they will be allowed to go home due to injury or illness. The Nurse will notify the parents to either come to school to collect the student, which is required for Grade 9 and Grade 10 students. Students in Grades 11 and 12 may be released to go home on their own with approval by their parents.
It is imperative that your child’s Health Form has been returned to the school at the beginning of each new school year and that all emergency contact information is correct. These Forms are kept on file and also used for sports and activities trips. Please inform the Nurse directly of any special health problems or needs your student has. The Nurse plays a vital role in representing student needs through the Student Support Services Team, which comprises of College Counsellors, Social/Emotional Counsellors, Learning Support Team and the Nurse.
Some communicable diseases require exclusion from school and treatment prior to return to school. The length of exclusion given is a minimal period of time and there is an expectation that children, upon their return to school, will be free of symptoms and feeling well enough to participate in the full school programme.
- Fever – exclusion from school until child is feeling well and has been fever free for 24 hours. In children aged 3 – 5 year old, a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius is a fever. In children aged 6 years and above, a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius is a fever.
- Chicken Pox (Varicella) – exclusion for 5 days from onset of rash and all spots dried up and scabbed over.
- Diarrhoea and/or vomiting – exclusion for 2 days from the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. Exclusion from swimming should be for 2 weeks following last episode of diarrhoea.
- German Measles (Rubella) – exclusion for 5 days from onset of rash.
- Hand, Foot and Mouth – no exclusion. Return to school when feeling well.
- Head Lice (Pediculosis) – no exclusion (see policy on school website).
- Impetigo – exclusion until lesions are crusted or healed or after 48 hours of antibiotic treatment with the lesions covered.
- Infectious Mononucleosis (Glandular Fever/ Epstein-Barr virus) – no exclusion required. Return to school when feeling well.
- Influenza – exclusion from school until symptoms have disappeared and fever free for 24 hours.
- Measles – exclusion for 5 days from onset of rash.
- Mumps – exclusion for 5 days from onset of swollen glands.
- Ringworm – exclusion until treatment has started.
- Scarlet Fever – exclusion for 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
- Whooping Cough (Pertussis) – exclusion for 5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment.
These exclusion policies follow the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Protection Agency.