Air Quality Information and YHIS Policy
One of the health concerns of living in China is the air quality. Air quality can become unhealthy due to pollutants such as ground-level ozone and particle pollution. Ozone is especially damaging to the lungs of children and those who work and play outside and is mainly a problem during hot summers. Particle pollution – especially fine particles such as those found in smoke, haze or dust – contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can get deep into the lungs and cause serious health problems. Particle pollution is the main concern in China.
Our school’s Air Quality Policy is developed to decide the implications of the actual air quality on outdoor activities for students. YHIS monitors particle pollution (specifically PM2.5) daily. The AQI level is also checked daily through the data provided by http://aqidb.org. The level of physical activity and level of pollutants are taken into consideration when making restrictions. Outdoor activities will be restricted if AQI levels are high. Please refer to the chart below for more information.
In addition, our school building has an in-built air filter on each floor and it runs every day to provide good quality air to our students and staff. The Operation Team will make sure those filters are fully functioning.
If students are known with asthma problems, a school nurse will communicate with the parents to decide if they can follow the school policy or need to have stricter implications. A list of those students who might need special attention will be distributed to the teachers.
There are several websites and apps for checking the air quality, but make sure to check how reliable they are. It is important to look at data for our city and if possible for the area you live in.
School Nurse Services
• Assessment of students who feel sick or need first aid
• Record keeping of student’s health, physical exams, immunizations
• Oversee communicable diseases
• On duty for all secondary games and tournaments
• Teaching health topics in the classrooms as teachers request
• Assist with Annual Health Fair for Early Childhood Center and Elementary School
• Promoting healthy lifestyle
• Research about diseases and health related policies
• Vision screening for all Early Childhood Center and Elementary students
• Vision screening for 7th grade students, or upon request
• Hearing screening upon request
First Aid Kits
• For classrooms, field trips, school trips and sports
• Resource for health related subjects
• Assessment and regular check of blood pressure, etc.
• First Aid and CPR training
Medication at School
If your child needs medication during school days, either every day or temporary, please fill out the Medication Administration Permission Form and give it with the medicine to your child, so your child’s teacher can give it to the nurse and he/she will administer the medicine at the time requested.
Is your Child Sick?
Sometimes it is hard to know if your child is well enough to attend school or not. Our School Nurse Office has provided the booklet to help parents decide if they should send their child to school or keep them at home.
Health Policies as Per Student Handbook
The medical attention of a student is the responsibility of the parent. Students should not be sent to school if they have bad colds, fever (above 99.14°F/37.3°C), nausea, or have vomited in the past 24 hours. Keeping a sick child at home keeps the school a healthier place to learn.
Your child will be sent home from school for any of the following reasons:
- Temperature of 99.14°F (37.3°C) or above;
- Emesis (throw up);
- Discolored nasal discharge;
- If the student is too ill or uncomfortable to adequately function in a classroom setting.
Sick students will be sent home after parents or emergency contacts have been notified. Parents will be asked to pick up their sick child as soon as they can, preferably within an hour after the phone call. Sick students will not be sent home on a regular school bus. Students are not permitted to take a taxi home alone. Students must be accompanied by an adult from the school. Your child may return to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours, nasal drainage is clear, and are no longer contagious. If a student has been sent home, he/she may not return to school that day.
If a child is recovering from an illness or injury and is required to stay indoors during recess or physical education, a written note from home must be sent with the child to the child’s teacher.
Online Annual Update in PowerSchool
Every year in April/May, as part of the re-enrollment process parents will fill out an online Annual Update form in PowerSchool. If there are special concerns related to any illness, please note this.
If there are any updates in your child’s health of immunization status, please email the updated information to the YHIS nurses at Angela.Zhao@yhischina.com or send a copy of the record with the student.
Medical Report for New Students and Students Entering Grades 1, 6 and 9
As part of our effort to ensure a safe and healthy learning community, a Student Medical Report (SMR) is required for all new students and returning students entering grades 1, 6 and 9. The information you provide will alert staff to any special requirements or restrictions needed for school activities. This packet should be completed and returned to the School Nurse’s Office by the end of the first week of school.
This report includes:
- The Immunization Record provides a list of immunizations required by our school as recommended by the World Health Organization
- Attach a copy of original vaccination records.
- If records are not in English, complete this form as well.
- When your child receives new immunizations, send a copy of the new records to the school nurse’s office.
- The Student Medical Exam must be completed by a medical practitioner. The school accepts medical exams which were completed within 1 year prior to admission. No laboratory tests are required unless the medical practitioner deems it necessary.
More Health Resources
Welcome to the School Nurse’s Office! It is located in room 110 on the 1st floor, opposite the front desk. A trained professional is on duty daily 8:00 am until 4:30 pm to serve all students and staff. Parents are welcome to visit the office if they have questions or contact us by Angela.Zhao@yhischina.com. We are happy to serve you!
Meet the Nurse
Mrs. Angela Zhao is a Registered nurse from Shandong, China. Prior to coming to YHIS, She worked as an operation department nurse in YEDA hospital for 5 years and substituted for emergency department and neurology department. Mrs. Zhao holds an ISPN certificate, which stands for International Standards for Professional Nurses.