The health and safety of students at Universal American School is of paramount importance. The school clinic is well staffed with a full time medical doctor, a full time assistant and two nurses registered and licensed with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
If children are unwell while at school, they will be cared for at the clinic until collected by a parent or guardian. The clinic team provides first aid to sick and injured students during school hours and during the after school activity time on the school campus. The clinic administers medicines and refers students for follow up with medical practitioners or to emergency services if needed. Located on the ground floor near the elevator, the clinic is well equipped with an automated electric defibrillator, a nebulizer and oxygen apparatus, which all help provide appropriate medical first aid response.
The school participates in health campaigns with the school doctor giving regular health talks to students to promote healthy lifestyle.
The following are a few helpful school clinic policies which are in line with the Dubai Health Authority School Health Guidelines:
Policy on Administration of Medication
Prior to school admission the parents are required to submit a signed consent form that stating which medicines can be administered from the school clinic staff. The form can be acquired from the clinic or school website. The clinic is well stocked with necessary medicines which will be dispensed to primary students after parents have been contacted. If the parents are not reachable, the school doctor will administer appropriate treatment.
The school follows Dubai Health Authority’s standard school medication policy for prescription and non-prescription medication.
- Emergency medicines: Students are NOT allowed to carry medicines with them except asthma inhalers and Epi-pen only after a written statement signed by the student’s physician and parent or guardian verifying the necessity and student’s ability to self-administer the medicine appropriately is provided to the school clinic.
- Prescription medicines: A written order for prescription medicines to be given in school shall be obtained from the student’s physician including diagnosis requiring medicine, dosage and route of administration. Medication must be brought to the school in in original packaging, labelled appropriately by the pharmacist or licensed physician.
- Over the Counter medicines: shall be brought in with the manufacturer’s original label with the student’s name affixed to the container.
Medicine will then be administered by the school’s medical staff to the student after the parents sign the request form available in school clinic.
As part of the Dubai Health Authority’s regulations the school doctor is required to conduct a non-invasive medical examination that includes screening of vision, ear nose throat, skin, chest, heart, abdomen, musculoskeletal, neurological and developmental, and endocrinological systems of students in the following grade levels:
Pre-k, grades 1, 5, 9, 12 and new students.
The results of the examinations are documented in the School Health Record. Any findings requiring additional follow up or referrals will be reported to the parents using the referral form or via email.
Infection Control Policy
Fever: A sick child is not able to function effectively in school and should rest at home until fully recovered. If a child develops a fever during school hours, parents will be contacted and requested to take the child home. Students may return to school after being fever free for 24 hours.
Children with conditions that require exclusion from the school like chicken pox, measles, mumps, conjunctivitis should be rested and cared for at home and may only return to school when they are no longer contagious. The infectivity period for each condition varies. Upon returning to school a medical certificate from the attending physician must be provided.
To further reduce the spread of infection please do not send your child to school if they have:
- A suspected contagious rash
- Heavy nasal discharge
- Red, sticky eyes
- Persistent cough
- Vomiting and diarrhea (return to school only when symptom free for at least 24 hours)
Heat in Dubai is extreme most times of the year posing risk of skin cancer if appropriate measures at not taken. We recommend parents send a hat with their children and encourage them to wear them at all times when playing outside.
Students are encouraged to drink water regularly with drinking water fountains located at numerous locations around the school.
Please apply SPF 30+ sunscreen to your child’s exposed skin especially during PE days and encourage older children to carry sunscreen in their bag. Apply 15 minutes prior to outdoor activity.
Accidents and Emergency
In case your child requires emergency treatment efforts will be made to contact you. If contact is not possible, the school doctor will administer appropriate emergency treatment and if needed an ambulance will be called to transfer your child to the hospital.
Prior to your child’s admission to the school you will be required to complete the medical forms available in the clinic and on the school website. It is important that the school is made aware of any medical condition that your child has or if they are receiving any medication.
For conditions that require emergency care (asthma, allergy, diabetes and epilepsy), action plan forms are available in school clinic. Please update the clinic of any change in your child’s medical/surgical history and of any change in your contact details.
Parents are required to submit updated vaccination documents to the clinic for record purposes prior to the start of School. The clinic conducts a vaccination program for students once in a year in liaison with DHA based on World Health Organization recommendation. Parents will be notified 2-3 weeks in advance about the program.
Eat Right, Be Bright
UAS is a “NUT FREE SCHOOL”. We have many students with nut allergies, that may be severe and even life threatening. To keep our students safe please be reminded not send any nut products including granola bars, peanut butter and Nutella for snack, lunch or to any class event (including parties, field trips, etc.)
At UAS we emphasize the importance of eating healthy nutritious snacks and meals. Please do not pack any unhealthy foods. We provide an enabling environment to support student physical activities.Below are some healthy ideas for snack and lunch:
- Sandwiches (brown or whole meal), wraps with veggie, chicken, tuna or unprocessed cheese filling
- Fruit muffins, pancakes, date banana or carrot cake
- Brown rice, whole grain pasta with red or white sauce ( add vegetables or meat)
- Healthy drinks: water is the best, unflavored milk, 100% fruit juices (not artificially sweetened)
- Restrict the amount of deep fried food and processed food (salami, hotdogs, nuggets)
- We strongly discourage sweets, chocolates, chocolate cakes and cookies, donuts in snack/lunch boxes. Fizzy drinks are not allowed.