Health Services

Enjoy your summer and see you in August 2022!!

Medical Requirements for School Year 2022-23: 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.

If you have any questions, please reach out to nurse@isl.edu.lv

 

 

Summer Safety: Summer is a great time to have fun outdoors, so make sure to stay safe in the sun and in the water. Always check for ticks after being outdoors (especially in long grass and in the woods). Ticks can carry harmful illnesses such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Tick-borne Encephalitis (there’s a vaccine for this one!) so be aware of what symptoms to watch out for. Read more about summer safety here

Karina Muzikants, PA-C
Health Officer

All students are required to have updated ISL medical forms turned in by the beginning of each school year so that students are able to participate in all school activities.

COVID-related topics

(revised June 2022) We ended the 2021-22 school year without any mask requirements for students and ended our weekly student testing at the end of May. We anticipate that the next school year will begin this way as well. However, as the Covid virus may likely be seasonal here, we will await Latvian government regulations for the 2022-23 school year. Check back here in August 2022 for updates.

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

  • Students can attend school as usual as long as they feel well and have no upper respiratory symptoms;
    • Quarantine is no longer required except if a PreK or Kindergarten student is a direct contact living with someone who has tested positive (for ex., sibling, parent), then the student must stay home in quarantine for 7 days. On Day 8, they can return to school if they are symptom free for last 24 hours and must have a negative rapid antigen self test.
    • Students in Grades 1-12 who are direct contacts living with someone who has tested positive are strongly encouraged to test every day before coming to school and should be wearing a mask. As this virus is highly contagious within households, this will further protect other classmates and the teaching staff.
  • Students should still remain cautious for 7 days 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. They can return back to school only once symptom-free for 24 hours and with a negative rapid antigen test done at home.
  • If the school is notified of a positive case, the Health Officer will identify any direct contacts at school and inform students and parents. If a student/parent is notified of a positive case outside of school hours, please inform us at nurse@isl.edu.lv

If a student tests positive for Covid:

  • Please inform the school at nurse@isl.edu.lv.
  • The student will need to stay home in self isolation for 7 days. On Day 8, the student may return to school, if they feel good and are symptom-free for previous 24 hours. No need to repeat testing nor have a doctor’s note to return.
  • Parent/Student will need to provide a list of all ISL direct contacts within last 2 days to nurse@isl.edu.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

 

(June 2022) At ISL, 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. 

Please note that as of April 1, 2022, there will be an expiration date assigned to the Covid-19 vaccination certificates for those aged 18 and older. Currently this does not apply to children 5-17 years old. 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 June 2022) Yes, visitors and parents are allowed in the school building. Please coordinate your visit with the Front Desk or Admissions office.

(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. This past school year 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.

(revised June 2022) ISL follows the travel requirements from the Latvian government on this government website.  As of April 2022, passengers no longer need to provide proof of certificate of vaccination/recovery or proof of a negative test. As well, there are no longer any self isolation requirements.

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 June 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 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. Call your family doctor for further medical care and for possible Covid testing.

As of April 1, students and staff are no longer required to wear a face mask. However, if students would like to continue to wear a mask, they may do so if they choose to. We do recommend students wear a face mask if:

  • they have been identified as a direct contact living with someone who has tested positive for Covid;
  • they have mild cold symptoms

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