Health Department

The Good health for our students is an investment for the future.

Because health is a status of physical, psychological, mental and social integration, not just a disease destitute.
Our school paid particular attention to the health of our students and the safety of their school environment where the school established a special health department to follow up their health.


The health department consists of a fully equipped clinic with a full-time general doctor; another clinic operated by a qualified nurse that receives regular and emergency cases for students and the working staff.

Each year, the health department conducts a periodic medical examination for our students at various levels. The information and results are filled in the health forms allocated to each student in the student file.


In case of need, Parents will be informed in written letter of any notifications to be followed by them. In the cases of injuries and accidents students will be transferred by the department and followed up in private hospitals where the school insured all students for accidents and emergency injuries.

The members of the department supervise the annual vaccination campaign for the first and tenth grades in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.
The department staff organizes an educational program that includes holding lectures and distributing bulletins on various health topics of interest.
Yearly, Health Department organizes activities such as “Health Sports Day “.
The department continues to follow closely the cleanliness of public facilities in the school and the materials sold in the school cafeteria in terms of its validity and its appropriateness for the use of our students.

Health Services & Policies:

  • BISK has a nurse who’s trained and experienced in handling students’ health problems. Students may go to the clinic department at any time during the school day.

  • Students may be referred to the school clinic by school staff for vision testing, personal hygiene, or other problems related to health.

  • If a student is too ill to continue with classes, parents will be notified and requested to take the student home. Parents should make sure that emergency contact numbers are always up to date.

  • If a student must take medication at school, the parent must contact the school clinic and make arrangements. At school, primary students may only take medication administered through the clinic. Under no circumstances should students have medication in his/her possession.

  • In collaboration with the Kurdistan Ministry of Health, polio vaccines were provided for Kindergarten students.

The BISK Clinic is BISK’s central location for medical and health issues for the BISK community. In the BISK Clinic, all students at BISK have a medical file for the purpose of knowing if the student has any diseases or allergies to food or medicine. The BISK Clinic also has two rooms to ensure privacy, and both rooms are fully equipped with emergency medical supplies. Further, we have First Aid boxes readily available for school trips. They are also available to all students and staff during school hours. The BISK Clinic also arranges field trips to hospitals are arranged for secondary students.

Services for staff are:

  • Blood tests

  • Certified First Aid training by Life Support Team consisting of 4 first aiders from Primary, 3 first aiders from Secondary and 3 first aiders from Admin.



 


BISK is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students. We are following and using guidelines from the Ministry of Health, and keep our campus safe for everyone holistically.
There are defined ways that we can maintain a healthy community – from washing our hands, wearing our masks, watching our distance and, working together.

Our detailed plans and protocols to keep our community safe are outlined in the dropdown menus below:

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We will continue to work with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and other health officials to ensure we are in alignment with the latest and most accurate guidelines. While on campus, students who are not in compliance with our safety/health protocols will be asked to leave campus. 

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and commitment to our community’s safety as we offer in-person learning this semester.

Our community members are advised to continue practicing for safety:

  • Wear your mask indoors - Everyone on the BISK campus is required to wear masks when indoors. You do not need to wear your mask when working alone (eg. classroom) or outside. However, if someone else walks in, it would be best practice to put on your mask and ensure you maintain your physical distance. Ensure the mask is worn properly, i.e covers mouth and nose completely.

  • Watch your distance - Our classrooms, offices, and common spaces are organized to ensure appropriate distancing (1 meters minimum). We always maintain at least 1 meter distance.

  • Wash your hands - Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Clean and disinfect shared resources (e.g., photocopier) between employees.

  • Work together - Try to meet in a well ventilated area or outside if possible if you have a meeting. If you meet in an office or classroom, keep windows and doors open for air flow and wear your mask.

Attendance & Illness

Expectations for Attendance

Our primary goal is to maintain the health of our community. Please note that students who are feeling unwell need to remain at home. Students will not be penalized for the number of sick days accrued during the school year. 

Please note the following:

  • Students, parents, staff, extended family and BISK alumni will be allowed access to the campus-as outlined in the COVID Handbook.

  • A policy of “staying at home if you are unwell” for students, teachers or school staff with symptoms will be encouraged.

  • Please contact our Health Office at clinic@bis-kurdistan.co.uk if your child is feeling unwell

In case of Illness

  • If a student or adult develops Covid-like symptoms while on campus, the ISK Health Office has designated an isolation room with a separate bathroom facility.

  • Please note that a child who has developed Covid-like symptoms while on campus will not be allowed to travel home on BISK buses.

Teaching & Learning

Learning at BISK is guided by our Mission, Vision and Educational Aims: creating, communicating, solving, learning and acting. We ask all of our community members to remember we are all here to support children and the communities they (and we) live in. We aspire to craft learning experiences that continues to encourage experiential, integrated and personalised learning.

Class & Common Spaces

BISK is fortunate that the building design facilities and grounds allow us to continue to offer a quality education whilst maintaining our adherence to the COVID school guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health.

Classrooms in BISK are spacious and have large windows. This has allowed us to ensure good airflow and socially distanced seating that reduces the risk of catching COVID-19.

All common spaces such as the canteen, library, auditorium and playgrounds have been accessed in relation to ventilation, capacity, social distance and traffic flow. Guidelines and timetables have been devised to reduce overcrowding, provide opportunities to clean spaces between use and offer a safe space for students to eat, move and relax. 

All activities and facilities outside of a conventional classroom setting are provided with guidelines to ensure that all staff and students using the facilities are doing so in a manner that also reduces their risk of infection or infecting others.

Organization of the Day

Schedules are designed based on the grade of the students. We will not be using our typical homeroom system as we need to reduce the number of transitions students make throughout the day.  Students will be grouped in classrooms according to grade and placement.

While we want to limit the possibility of exposure between each of our cohorts, we also understand the importance of movement and will provide frequent breaks and opportunities for students to get outside.

Social Distance & Face Masks

Classrooms and Hallways

BISK recognizes that to effectively reduce risk of infection, it must implement effective physical distancing policies. When all BISK students attend school at the same time, this poses additional difficulties for the school to adhere to best-practice guidelines, however, we have reviewed all our spaces in order to ensure a 1 meter physical distancing guideline.

Face Masks

  • The Ministries of Health and Education Guidelines for basic school education mandates the wearing of face masks in educational institutions. Community members do not need to wear a mask when outdoors. 

  • You do not need to wear your mask when working alone. However, if someone else walks in, it would be best practice to put on your mask and ensure you maintain your physical distance.

Movement on Campus

  • We always maintain at least 1 meters distance.

  • We learn and work outside when possible and in well ventilated spaces (ie windows open).

  • We organize our classrooms, offices, common spaces to ensure appropriate distancing (1 meters minimum).

  • We maintain distance and follow traffic flow guidelines around campus.

  • We maintain distance and look for maximum capacity in each room/space.

  • We use virtual meetings to support proper distancing and avoid mixing when suitable.

Early Childhood Protocols

  • We know that it will be challenging for our youngest learners to physically distance throughout the day.

  • We will structure the day and design activities that will promote healthy distancing as much as possible, including time spent outdoors. 

  • Early Childhood students will be required to wear face masks while indoors at all times except while eating. This includes arrival and dismissal time and when moving around the building.


 

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