To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff members, Wellington College has an excellently equipped healthcare centre which is run by fully-qualified nursing professionals. The centre is located just behind the sports hall.
Parents should note that prior to your child starting at the College, you must have completed and returned the medical form detailing any allergies or illnesses that your child(ren) may have. The medical centre will attend to any injuries or illnesses but sometimes we need to contact the pupil’s parent or guardian, so it is vital that we always have your current contact details.
If your child becomes ill during school time, you will be contacted and asked to collect your child. If your child has sustained a minor injury we will contact you either by telephone or email, depending on the severity. In more serious cases of injury that require hospital treatment, we will ask you to either collect your child and take them to the hospital or, if required in an emergency, to meet one of the nurses with your child at Jiahui International Hospital. This hospital has been chosen as it is a high-quality international hospital with 24-hour emergency services. In a life-threatening situation, we will choose the closest hospital instead. If you wish for your child to be taken to a different hospital, it is the responsibility of the parent to take the child there and not the responsibility of the College.
Jiahui International Hospital, 689 Guiping Road, Xuhui district
Exclusion from school
Some pupils have medical conditions that make them vulnerable to infections that are rarely serious to the majority of children. Parents should always keep the College updated with any health issues regarding their child(ren). Pupils with a potentially infectious disease should not attend school, in order to avoid cross infection. Pupils suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting or a fever of 37.5° C or above need to be kept at home for an additional 48 hours after their last episode. Otherwise, a doctor’s certification that rules out the possibility of infectious diseases will be required. Please make sure you notify the school about any infectious disease in time.
Nurse’s office: 5185 3889
Nurse’s mobile: 137 0198 1931
Nurse’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child has medication (including OTC medication) that needs to be administered during the school day, you must send it into school, clearly labelled in English with your child’s name, class, time, dosage and what the medication is for. This should be marked for the attention of the school nurse – your child’s teacher will pass this on to the healthcare centre. A signed “Authorisation for Administering Medication form” is needed as well.
If your child requires access to medical items such as an Epipen or Ventolin inhalers, then at least two sets must be available in the school at all times, one in the care of the child or their class teacher, and one in the healthcare centre. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure their child and the school has the medication they need, and the medication must be within its expiration date.
If your child requires urgent medical attention while under the care of the College, we will attempt to obtain your prior consent. However, should we be unable to contact you in the event of an emergency, parents have authorised (in the College Terms & Conditions) the Principal to consent on their behalf to the pupil receiving emergency medical treatment as recommended by a doctor (including general or local anaesthetic, an operation or blood transfusion (unless you have previously notified us that you object to blood transfusions)). In addition, should it be necessary for the College to arrange for your child to see a doctor, it will be the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their child(ren) has adequate insurance or that they can cover any associated medical costs.
We wish to make you aware of the over the counter, non-prescription medications that are administered from the healthcare centre at Wellington College. The following medications are given to pupils at the discretion of the nurse on duty as indicated by the pupil’s condition. However, if your child is under 16 years of age we, will first contact you to obtain permission before administering this medication:
- Ibuprofen 300/400mg: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, fever, pain relief
- Loratadine 10mg: Antihistamine/allergy
- Tylenol cold 325mg: Muscular aches, cold, flu
- Paracetamol 650mg: Headaches, fever, pain relief
- Robitussin syrup: Cough
- Imodium 2mg: Mild diarrhoeawith no other symptoms
- Talcid500mg: Stomachache, acid reflux, heartburn
- Rehydration salt: rehydration
The College recognises that although most food intolerances produce symptoms that are uncomfortable, some people can suffer a severe food allergy with more serious consequences and in some instances these may even be life-threatening. A number of pupils in the school have severe or moderate allergies to a range of foods and substances. The school therefore strives to maintain a nut-free environment and aims to ensure that none of the food provided, served or purchased within the school contain nuts. The school kitchen does not serve nut-based foods or use nut oils in any of its food preparations.
If parents are sending food into school, they should read the ingredient labels fully before sending in any item. If this requires Mandarin to English translation – we ask that the parents do this to avoid bringing nut traces onto the school premises.
As with any large institution, it is impossible to monitor 100% of foods on site at any time; at special events attended by pupils or with foods potentially served on school trips this becomes increasingly difficult. Therefore, discretion is advised to all pupils and families to monitor what they eat in circumstances on the occasions where the school cannot guarantee 100% food safety.
There are occasions when we experience poor air quality in Shanghai. At Wellington College International Shanghai, we make every effort to ensure we provide a safe learning environment for our children and therefore we have put the following systems and procedures in place.
Wellington College International Shanghai provides Honeywell brand air purification systems in classrooms and offices. These are electronic air cleaners, rather than the less effective, lower cost filter machines.
We monitor pollution levels on a regular basis throughout each school day, using the information provided by the local authority. The AQI index is measured at several sites across Shanghai, and we combine the average readings for the three sites closest to the school, which are the Shanghai Normal College Primary Division, Shanghai Normal University and the Shanghai US Consulate, to provide the most appropriate reading for the College. We review the AQI at the beginning of the day, before morning break time, before lunch and before the start of after school activities. The readings are then e-mailed to all college staff, so that the appropriate measures in the table below can be implemented. Please also note that we take a reading at 7:30am each Saturday morning and email our relevant staff. If the AQI is over 175 on a Saturday morning, parents may be contacted with further instructions regarding their child’s Academy session.
Coloured indicators will be placed at all main entrances to indicate which measures are in force.
|Level||AQI||Colour||Air Quality||Pupil Activities||Procedures|
|1||0-100||Green||Good||Normal||No additional procedures|
|2||101-149||Yellow||Mild/ Moderate Pollution||Normal||Doors and windows closed. All air purifiers on.|
|3||150-174||Orange||Mild/ Moderate Pollution||Pupils with respiratory problems excused from outdoor activities||Doors and windows closed. All air purifiers on.|
|4||≥175||Red||Moderate/ Heavy Pollution||No outdoor activites||Doors and windows closed. All air purifiers on.|
All classroom teachers are responsible for ensuring that windows and doors in their classrooms are closed when the air quality is poor.
The school nurse or bursar is responsible for monitoring the latest information and ensuring that all staff are kept informed.
PMC are responsible for placing the correct coloured signs at all main entrances to the College. They are also responsible for ensuring all external doors, and corridor windows are kept closed when the air quality is poor.