Washing the pollen off your face and hands after being outside can help. Students with known pollen allergies should consider taking an antihistamine (ex. Zyrtec or Loratadine) before coming to school to help with symptom relief.
Key reminders on how to stay healthy all year round:
- 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. If you cannot wash your hands, then use hand sanitizer.
- Cover your cough or sneeze. This helps prevent the spread of invisible germs to others around you or onto surfaces. Use a tissue or cough into your elbow. If you cough into your hand, remember to go wash it!
- Stay home when you are sick. If students are not feeling well, have upper respiratory symptoms or have a temperature of 37.5C or higher, then they must stay home. Students with upper respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, difficulty breathing) should consult with their family doctor and ask about the need to test for COVID. As well, if a student is home sick, do not socialize, attend birthday parties or have visitors over.
- Practice social distancing. Limit all unnecessary social interactions or traveling at this time. When out in public, maintain a 2m distance from all others not in your family. Protect the elderly by not visiting grandparents at this time.
- Avoid touching your face. If you touch your face, go and wash your hands.
- Wear a mask. Currently at ISL, students in Kindergarten and up must wear masks on school buses and on school premises at all times (except when eating, when playing outdoors and during PE). Please follow the local guidelines on mask wearing when out in the community.
- 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.
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- Guidelines: When to keep your child home from school
- Common Cold vs. The Flu
- Flu Season Screening Form for Parents
- Strep Throat (tonsillitis) information
- Scarlet Fever information
- Chicken Pox Information
- Mononucleosis Information
- Hepatitis A Information
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- Spring Illnesses
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- Color Blindness
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- Head Lice
- Healthy Food Choices
- Center for Disease Control & Prevention
- Vaccination Schedule – USA ( adults , teens , children )
- World Health Organization Vaccination Schedule
- Latvian Immunization Calendar
- Ebola info for students
- European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
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- Parents & Kids health site ( for parents , for teens , for kids )
Our Response to COVID
The health and safety of our students and staff has always been a top priority – and this has certainly been true in light of the continued COVID-19 pandemic. This school year, we have implemented new health and safety procedures and guidelines to help keep us all safe here at school focusing on:
- Increased hygiene and health measures
- Density reduction
- Physical distancing
- Mask wearing
- Continual community health monitoring
However, it will be paramount that we all continue to follow our guidelines in a concerted effort to keep safe throughout the school year. Some key reminders:
- Stay home when sick. Please remember to check your students’ temperature and well-being every day before leaving home. If students are not feeling well, have upper respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, difficulty breathing) or have a temperature of 37.5C or higher, please keep them at home. Here’s a Daily Student Health questionnaire that you can use to help with this.
- Wearing face masks. A cloth or surgical face mask must be worn on school premises by all students from Kindergarten and up. Younger students can remove their face masks to eat or drink, when playing outdoors and during PE class. Face shields or face-shield styled face masks are not acceptable. Please provide your student with an extra mask if they lose or need a clean one.
- Sick students will be sent home. If a student at school develops a fever or any upper respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, difficulty breathing), then they will be sent home. Parents are expected to pick students up within 60 minutes or less. Here are our guidelines for sending sick students home.
- Students who are absent due to illness for more than 3 days will require a doctor’s note to return.
- Students who are sent home should stay home until they are fever-free and symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
- Students with upper respiratory symptoms should consult with their family doctor and ask about the need to test for COVID.
- Avoid traveling outside of Latvia. Traveling outside of Latvia at this time is strongly discouraged, however, if families/students do decide to travel, please inform the school at firstname.lastname@example.org. ISL expects families to follow all local regulations regarding self-isolating upon returning back from travels before returning back to school. Please refer to the SPKC website for more information.
- If a family member is at home in self-isolation with the student, but IS NOT in direct contact (closer than 2m for longer than 15 minutes) with the student, then the student may attend school.
- If a family member is at home in self-isolation with the student, but IS in direct contact (closer than 2m for longer than 15 minutes) with the student, then the student must also self-isolate for 10 days.
- If a student is identified as a direct contact of a person who has tested positive for Covid, you will need to contact your family doctor and quarantine. You may find more information in Latvian here and in English here.
- If a student has tested positive for Covid, you will need to be in contact with your family doctor for further medical care and will need to self isolate. You may find information in Latvian here and in English here.
Getting vaccinated. At this time, individuals (over the age of 18) are encouraged to register for the Covid-19 vaccine using the “manavakcina.lv” portal, by calling your family doctor or calling 8989. More information regarding the different vaccines and the local vaccination program can be found here.
Stay informed. For more information on COVID-19, refer to this local government site. You can also call 8345 for all questions relating to COVID here in Latvia. Here are more school COVID-19 resources. Use the mobile tracing app ApturiCovid to help with trace contacting.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the event that we have a high number of Covid cases in our community, or if 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.
If a student or family member travels to a highly-affected country, they must follow the current Latvian regulations which may include a 10-day self isolation period. At ISL we will not accept Covid negative testing to shorten that 10-day self isolation period. As well, we expect students of diplomatic families to also self isolate for 10 days after traveling. Here is a flowchart to help understand self isolation.
No. Self-isolation means staying at home and not having direct contact with others. This means not socializing with friends/classmates or having visitors at home. This government website explains what self isolation is and what you can/cannot do. Please note there can be monetary fines for people who do not follow the government regulations on self-isolation.
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.
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.
If someone in our community tests positive or has direct contact with someone who has tested positive, please inform the school immediately. In addition, please call and consult with your family doctor for further medical care. The epidemiologists at The Latvian Center for Disease and Control (SPKC) will contact you and the school (if necessary) for further recommendations. Here is flowchart outlining ISL’s guidelines to return to school.
If a parent needs to get tested, please keep all family members, including ISL students, home until you have received your results. While awaiting test results, students should not have direct contact with others.
If someone has any upper respiratory symptoms (sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, difficulty breathing) or elevated temperature of 37.5 or higher or new loss of taste or smell, then please stay home! Call your family doctor for further medical care and for possible Covid testing. Here is a Daily Student Health Screening checklist you can use