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Health and Safety Information

Following information is designed to offer guidance regarding when to send your children to school and when to keep them home due to illness. They are meant to benefit your child and the health and well being of the SWIS community. These are also conditions for which your child may be sent home from school.

If you are unsure of which action you should take, please contact your doctor or school nurse.


Normal temperature is 98.6 F (37 C).A fever is a warning that all is not right within the body. The best way to check for fever is with a thermometer, which every home should have. No child with a temperature equal to or above 99.8 F (37.5 C) should be sent to school. A child needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school and all students with a fever must report to the Nurse's Office before returning to their classroom.

Cold, Sore Throat , Cough

  1. A child with a “mild” cold, but otherwise feeling well, may attend school.
  2. A child with a “heavy” cold and a hacking or productive cough belongs at home even if there is no fever.
  3. A child complaining of a mild sore throat with no other symptoms may attend school.
  4. If white spots can be seen in the back of the throat, or if a fever is present, keep the child at home.


Stomach Ache, Vomiting, Diarrhea

  1. Consult your doctor if your child has a stomachache or abdominal pains which are persistent or severe enough to limit the child’s activity.
  2. A child with diarrhea or vomiting must be kept home and may not return to school until they are symptom free for 24 hours.



  1. Toothache-please contact your dentist
  2. Ear ache- please consult your doctor
  3. Headache:
  4. A child whose only complaint is a minor headache may attend school.
  5. Frequent or persistent headaches may indicate a more serious health problem; please consult your doctor.


Eye Redness

Consult your doctor if your child has eye redness, itching, and increased drainage or pus. See conjunctivitis below. It is very contagious! Student will be sent home/must stay home until they have a doctor’s note to prove that it is not contagious.


Rash or spots may cover the entire body or appear in only one area. Call you physician or school nurse if you are uncertain about whether to send your child to school with a rash. The information provided is not intended as a substitute for appropriate medical intervention. If your child is kept home from school, please call your school secretary to notify them of the absence. For further questions please contact a school nurse at 8654 1211\86541962.

Contagious Conditions

Any student found to have any of the contagious conditions listed below will be sent home. For detailed information regarding response to contagious conditions refer to Notification of Health Concerns in the right hand column of this page. Parents should notify the Nurse's Office when a student has a contagious condition. Please call: 86541211\86541962.

Condition Recommended Period to Stay Away from School Comments


Isolation  period

Herpetic Angina


7 days after all the symptoms have disappeared and come back with a certificate of recovery.



After all blisters became dry and scabby or no shorter than 14 days after the chicken pox starts to seep and come back with a certificate of recovery. Immunization usually prevents this illness.

Acute Hemorrhagic Conjunctivitis


For 10 days after treatment has started and discharge has ceased.  Requires a certificate of recovery.


Until diarrhea and vomiting has settled.

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease


 7 days after all the symptoms have disappeared and come back with a certificate of recovery.

Head Lice

Until student receives proper treatment and cleared by school nurse. All family members should be checked.



Until symptom free or fever-free for 48 hours without taking medication. Students who have had a fever must report to the nurse's office before returning to classroom.



For a minimum of 5 days after onset of rash. Immunization usually prevents this illness. Requires a certificate of recovery.



Until at least 2 weeks after onset of the symptoms. Immunization usually prevents this illness. Requires a certificate of recovery



After treatment is started and lesions covered. Not allowed to participate in contact sports or swimming.


Until the local health department authority or treating physician states the student is non-infectious. Requires a certificate of recovery.



At least 72 hours after all symptoms have disappeared and with a certificate of recovery  


Medication at school

Students are not allowed to carry medicine or store it in their backpacks or desk. Exceptions to this policy can be given only with administrative approval.

If parents require the School Nurse to dispense medicines to their child in school hours, they need to complete and sign a Parent Consent to Administer Medicine letter which can be obtained from the School Clinic.

Sunscreen and Insect repellant

To avoid allergic reactions, the school will not provide or apply sunscreen or insect repellant for students. Pre-K to G2 students are requested be have sunscreen and mosquito repellent applied before coming to school. During school time, insect repellant bracelets/ patches or EAP-registered insect repellents are encouraged to be put on the children. Students above G3 can bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent to school. The mosquito repellent should be a lotion not sprays and they should not share the lotion with others.

Sick leave

If a student asks for sick leave for more than 3 days, he/she needs to present a doctor’s certificate as supporting document:

  1. Early years and PYP Students: Please E-mail to homeroom teachers and PYP Principal.
  2. MYP Students: Please E-mail to advisor and Secondary Student Affairs Coordinator.


Updated health information 

Children’s health condition is our first concern. It is important for the school to obtain up-to-date information of children’s health condition. If your child has any updated health information, please contact the school clinic as soon as possible. 

No Nuts Campus

No nuts of any kind will be allowed to be brought into or eaten at SWIS. Foods containing nuts will also not be allowed.

Everyone at SWIS must participate in order to keep our nut-allergic children safe. Students, school staff, parents, and visitors must all remember to avoid nuts and nut products in foods that are brought to school.  


Swimming policy

If a child is unwell they are required to stay at home. As such, if a child is well enough to come to school, they are well enough to swim. Swimming is not optional, nor is it weather dependent. Avoiding swimming classes restricts a child’s learning experiences and causes disruption for teachers.

We aim to remain strong on our school policy. If a child has a truly valid reason not to swim which is supported by the family, exceptions may be made on rare occasions:

  1. When a child has a doctor’s note for such exceptional circumstances, the child may go to the School Nurses’ office for the lesson.
  2. If a child has an open wound, the Nurse will judge whether it is safe for the child to swim or keep them in the Nurses’ Office.
  3. In MYP, the Grade Level Leader and Head of PE will communicate directly about female students who have begun menstruation, tracking their attendance managing their well-being.



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