Healthy nutrition is vital to your student’s success. Please send them to school with healthy foods and drinks. Please limit the amount of sugar your child is taking in. Sodas, lollipops, candies, etc. should not be a normal part of their diet, especially first thing in the morning.
Lunch and Snack Expectations
It is expected that every student at KICS has a healthy and nutritious lunch.
- Third-Party caterer – you can make arrangements directly with our third party caterer. The lunches provided by the caterer are expected to adhere to nutritional standards which include a balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit, vegetables, and dairy; and feature limited amounts of salt, sugar, and trans-fats. Click here to see the nutritional standards.
- Lunches delivered – you can have lunches delivered by your house staff.
- Lunches brought – students can also bring lunches with them.
- If a student does not have a lunch, they will be given a school lunch. Parents will be charged for this and expected to make payment to the school by the start of the next school day.
- Snacks – it is expected that if students bring a snack to school, that the snack is healthy for their body and not harmful.
- Healthy snacks include fresh fruits, nuts, yogurt, vegetables, etc.
Please ensure your child is coming to school having had a nutritious breakfast. Please do not have your child skip breakfast, or eat a sugary substitute instead.
After School Expectations
If students are involved in after school activities, regardless of the age, please ensure your child has a health snack to eat before engaging in this activity.
All medication, including prescription or over the counter, must be checked in at the front desk by a parent.
No medication of any kind is to be brought to school by a student.
If a student has been out sick, and has seen a doctor, please send a doctor’s note along with your child to school when s/he returns.
Due to Rwanda’s close proximity to the equator it is advisable that all students take the necessary precautions to protect their skin and eyes from damage caused by sun exposure. During the course of the day students are outside during recess, lunch and P.E. Parents are encouraged to send their students to school with the necessary protection to avoid sun exposure. Students may bring hats, and sunglasses to school. Sun blockers/creams must be applied at home before the start of the school day.
The health of every child at KICS is important and thus all measures should be taken to ensure the well being of the student body through limiting the spread of communicable diseases. A communicable disease is an infectious disease transmissible (as from person to person) by direct contact with an affected individual or the individual’s discharges or by indirect means (as by a vector)—compare contagious disease.
Infectious diseases are unpleasant and in the worst case scenario can lead to lasting harm and even death. We therefore have a responsibility to protect our own children and other children in our community. KICS recommends that all children be immunized according to the child’s national vaccination schedule. There are also additional vaccinations for countries such as Rwanda that you as a parent may wish to discuss with your health professional.
Students who exhibit signs of a communicable disease will be sent to the School Office for evaluation. Parents will be advised of the situation and advised to come to school and pick the student up if exclusion is required.
Children with a fever (≥38°C), should not be brought to school and should not be allowed to school until 24 hours after the fever has stopped. Due to the nature of infectious illnesses (e.g. malaria) in Rwanda, we recommend that children with a fever should consult a health-professional.
If your child is unwell then they should only return to school when they are recovered to the degree that they can positively engage in learning activities. In order to protect other children there are certain minimum time periods to minimize the spread of infection (see below). A doctor’s note may be expected. Other health concerns (i.e. malaria) should follow the same protocols.
- Athlete’s foot – No exclusion. Athlete’s foot is not a serious condition. Treatment is recommended
- Chickenpox – Exclusion until all vesicles are crusted and dry.
- Cold sores, (Herpes simplex) – None. Avoid kissing and contact with the sores. Cold sores are generally mild and self-limiting
- Conjunctivitis – No exclusion required.
- Diarrhea – Exclusion until 48 hours from last episode of diarrhea.
- Hand, foot and mouth (coxsackie virus) – No exclusion required.
- Glandular fever – No exclusion required.
- Head lice – No exclusion required. Treatment is recommended only in cases where live lice have been seen. Consult your physician for treatment.
- Impetigo – Until lesions are crusted and healed, OR 48 hours after starting antibiotic treatment
- Influenza or “viral cold” – No exclusion required. Exclusion until recovered and fit to attend class.
- Malaria – No school exclusion required. The child should be IMMEDIATELY treated and can return to school when recovered to the degree that they can positively engage in learning activities
- Molluscum contagiosum – No exclusion required. This is a self-limiting condition
- Ringworm – Exclusion not usually required. Treatment is required.
- Productive cough (cough producing blood) – Exclusion until a physician certifies in writing the student is not contagious.
- Scabies – Child can return after first treatment. Household and close contacts require treatment
- Scarlet fever – Child can return 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment. Antibiotic treatment is recommended for all affected children
- Slapped cheek/fifth disease. Parvovirus – No exclusion required (once rash has developed)
- Shingles – Exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered. Can cause chickenpox in those who are not immune, i.e. have not had chickenpox. It is spread by very close contact and touch. If further information is required, contact your local physician.
- Unidentified rash – Exclusion until a physician certifies in writing that the child may return to school. Heat rash and allergic reactions are not contagious.
- Vomiting – Exclusion until 48 hours from last episode of vomiting.
- Warts and verrucae – No exclusion required. Verrucae should be covered in swimming pools, gymnasiums and changing rooms
- Whooping cough – Five days from starting antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment. Preventable by vaccination. After treatment, non-infectious coughing may continue for many weeks.
- Typhoid – Should be excluded for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea. Further exclusion may be required for some children until they are no longer “excreting” the infection. Further exclusion is required for children aged five years or younger and those who have difficulty in adhering to independent hygiene practices. Children in these categories should be excluded until there is evidence of microbiological clearance.
- Sore throat / pharyngitis / tonsillitis – No exclusion required. There are many causes, but most cases are due to viruses and do not need an antibiotic. Consult your physician if you require advice