Health is a priority at ARIS. All students and staff members come under the care of our Primary and Secondary School Nurses and School Physician, Dr. Joanna Fadoul, for all health and safety reasons while on either campus. The Nurses are specifically responsible for administering the day to day medical needs (including medicines) of students and staff.
The risk of communicable disease is present in every group and ARIS is no exception. Parents must make other arrangements for the care of their children when they show symptoms of any deviation from normal health. In case a child enters the school gates showing any signs of illness, the school nurse who stands at the gate during opening is always monitoring and will notify parents accordingly. So as to not put any other students or staff members within our community at risk, we also make sure that students with any infection or virus are kept separated from the class until taken home.
ARIS Students may not be sent to school with any of the following conditions:
- Fever of 100 degrees or higher underarm (auxiliary), and one or more of the following: diarrhea, earache, signs of irritability or confusion, sore throat, rash.
- Vomiting on two or more occasions within the past 24 hours.
- Diarrhea – three or more watery stools in a 24-hour period.
- Draining rash or undiagnosed rash lasting over a 24-hour period.
- Eye discharge or pink eye. Students may return to school after medical diagnosis has ruled out bacterial or viral infection, or after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.
- Fatigue that prevents participation in regular activities.
- Open, oozing sores and scabs, unless properly covered and 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.
- Head lice – until treatment is effective and a follow-up check has been made by school personnel.
In case of any minor injury or accident, ARIS Medical Department will administer basic first aid. Moreover, ARIS is also partnered with WARA (West African Rescue Association) who have trained ARIS staff members and students for minor emergencies. All injuries and illnesses that may not require parental notification will be documented and reported to parents when students are picked up at closing time.
In case of medical emergencies or illness requiring immediate professional care, our nurses will notify WARA to come into campus immediately with knowledge of the nature of the emergency. All students, at the time of admission, get registered with WARA, and must have an emergency medical release form carrying all emergency contact and address details which will be used to get in contact in case of any such emergencies.
At the time of admission and at the beginning of every academic year, the ARIS Admission and Medical Department diligently verify all students' medical records and updated vaccination records. We ensure that every student's vaccination record is up to date with all of the international and Ghana requirements. In the case where the student fails to submit a copy of the records or is not up to date, we will be sending email reminders to fulfill all requirements. The following are the immunization records that every student needs to fulfill at the time of admission: -Tuberculosis PPD Test or BCG Vaccination -Oral Polio I, II, III, and IV -Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP I, II, and III) -Measles -Yellow Fever-Poliomyelitis (OPV 0r IPV) 1 2 3 4 5 MMR 1 & 2 1 2 Measles 1 2 Confirmation of Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunity. For more information please see the Admissions Manager.