Health Services

Winter Season update

Having an upper respiratory infection (URI), such as the common cold or “the flu”, is the most common reason why students are absent from school during the winter months. Here are some tips to stay healthy this winter season:

  • Wash your hands often. Washing your hands is the single most important way to protect yourself from getting and from spreading germs that cause illnesses.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Students with elevated body temperatures (>37.5 oC), sore throat, coughs and extreme fatigue should stay home. When sick, avoid any social gatherings (e.g. birthday parties, sleepovers) and sport activities.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze. If you are at school with mild symptoms, we recommend wearing a face mask at school to help prevent the further spread of germs to classmates and teachers. Use a tissue or cough into your elbow. If you cough into your hand, remember to go wash it!
  • Eat healthy & exercise. Studies have shown that a well-balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals along with exercising regularly helps keep your immune system strong to better fight off infections.
  • Get a good night of sleep.  This allows our body and brain time to rest too.
  • Visit your doctor regularly. Keep your immunizations up to date and discuss getting the flu and Covid booster vaccine with your family doctor.
  • Stay informed. Read more about our continued Covid precautions below.

For students who are absent from school due to illness for 4 or more days, we kindly ask for a doctor’s note stating they are healthy and ready to return back to school.  If you have any questions, please reach out to nurse@isl.edu.lv

 

 

Karina Muzikants, PA-C
Health Officer

In order for us to best support your student and for them to be able to safely particpate in all school activities, it is important for us to have the following medical information:

  • Physical Exam form: A yearly physical exam (with updated immunizations) needs to be done by your family doctor and submitted at the start of each school year for each returning student attending ISL. New students can have this form completed in the country of their residence wthin 6 months of starting school.
  • Medical History form: For returning students, please complete this as well if there have been any changes to your student’s medical history (for ex., new allergy or new medication) within the past 6 months that we should be aware of. If nothing has changed, no need to complete it. New students must complete this form.

Additional medical forms may need to be completed for students, for example, if they have a medical condition listed below:

(revised September 2022)  We will begin the 2021-22 school year without any face mask requirements or weekly testing requirements for students and staff.

The Latvian Ministry of Education (in accordance with the Ministry of Health) has released its official guidelines for “measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19” for this school year. Here is the Latvian version and an English translation for you to read. In compliance with these guidelines, here are our ISL guidelines highlighting how we would respond in these situations.

One of the main items to come from these guidelines is that the Latvian government will be providing schools with rapid antigen testing kits this school year. These can be used by the school if there are symptoms of illness in an individual student or staff, or for wider infections in the school.  

 

 

(as of November 2022) If a student is identified as a direct contact with someone who has tested positive:

  • Students can continue to come to school if they feel well and have no contagious upper respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat).
  • Students should remain cautious for 7 days after last contact and monitor for symptoms.
    • If during this 7-day period, a student starts to feel unwell or has any upper respiratory symptoms, they should stay home. 
    • A rapid antigen self test must be done at home before coming to school on Day 4 and Day 7 after last contact. If negative, they can come to school. If positive, stay home and inform us at nurse@isl.edu.lv.
    • We encourage students to wear a face mask at school during this time.
    • Testing kits will be provided by the school and/or can be picked up from the Nurse’s Office.
  • If a student is a direct contact living with someone who has tested positive (e.g. parent, sibling), students may be recommended to stay home. Please inform the Health Officer at nurse@isl.edu.lv who will provide further guidance.
  • If the school is notified of a positive case, the Health Officer will identify direct contacts at school and inform parents.

If a student tests positive for Covid:

  • Please inform the school at nurse@isl.edu.lv.
  • The student would then stay home in self isolation for 7 days. 
    • Day 1 is considered the first day you began having symptoms or if no symptoms, then the day you tested positive. 
    • You may return to school on Day 8 as long as you are symptom-free for last 24 hours. No need to repeat testing and no need for a doctor’s note to return. 
    • Contact your Homeroom teacher or Advisor to help with academic support during this time.
    • If you have siblings in the same household, ISL is strongly recommending that they also stay at home for 7 days.
  • Parent/Student will need to provide a list of all ISL direct contacts within last 2 days to nurse@isl.edu.lv.
  • If the school is notified of a positive case during school hours, the Health Officer will inform the student(s) and parents. 
  • For more information on regulations here in Latvia, please visit www.Covid19.gov.lv.
  • Covid19.gov.lv – informative government website with latest updates on restrictions, understanding isolation, home quarantine, testing, FAQs, and much more.
  • SPKC website with local Covid-19 statistics and vaccination rates.
  • Other hotlines and testing sites.
  • Stay up-to-date following local news in English.
  • World Health Organization: www.who.int
  • European Center for Disease Control: www.ecdc.europa.eu

 

We strongly encourage all those eligible in our community to vaccinate and maintain vaccination against Covid-19. Though it is not required for students to have a Covid vaccine to attend our school, getting vaccinated has been effective in reducing case numbers of Covid and in keeping our school open all school year. As well, our staff is 100% vaccinated in line with Latvian regulations. We are thankful to all our families who helped as we have high rates of student vaccinations across all the grade levels. 

To get a vaccine or a booster vaccine, simply call 8989, go to manavakcina.lv, or call your family doctor.

Vaccination Certificate

 

Frequently Asked Questions

(revised September 2022) Yes, visitors and parents are allowed in the school building. Please coordinate your visit with the Front Desk or Admissions office. Make sure to sign in with Security to get a Visitor’s Badge.

(June 2022) In the event that the government mandates a change in our learning structure, we are ready and prepared. This table will give a basic outline of our different learning formats that comply with Latvian regulations. The last school year of 2021-22, with 100% of our teaching staff fully vaccinated and with our high rates of student vaccinations, along with outher safety measures (masking, testing), we were able to stay open for in-person learning the entire school year.

No. Self-isolation or quarantine means staying at home and not having direct contact with others. This means not socializing with friends/classmates or having any visitors at home. This government website explains what self isolation is and what you can/cannot do.

If self-isolation is required for your child, please note the following procedures outlining the specifics of how we can support students academically while in isolation. Please note that during the period of isolation (if not on VLE), ISL cannot offer a virtual learning environment.

Elementary School
Middle & High School
Diploma Program

In addition, if your child is absent (not in self isolation) and they are physically able to, please note the following ways they can stay current with class work:

  • Elementary School: Email your child’s homeroom teacher to see if there are key activities that can be completed at home.
  • Secondary School: Access Managebac to review assignments posted in classes for that day.

(revised September 2022) Here are our guidelines for if a student is identifed as a direct contact or if a student tests positive for Covid. If the student was in school, the Health Officer will continue to trace contacts and inform parents. If this happens outside of school working hours, please inform the school at nurse@isl.edu.lv.

 If a student has 2 or more contagious upper respiratory symptoms (sore throat, cough, stuffy/runny nose) or an elevated temperature of 37.5 or higher, then please have them stay home until symptom free. If symptoms are very mild, please then have them wear a face mask at school.

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