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Important Health Reminders

Dear ISD Community,

As we move into our 2nd full week of on-campus learning, I would like to take a moment to speak about two things.

First, please kindly remember that any type of mask with an exhalation valve or vent is not permitted on campus. This includes reusable cloth masks with valves (even when a filter is placed inside the layers) as well as disposable valved masks. We wear masks as a method of source control, meaning we wear them to reduce possible disease transmission from the wearer of the mask to others. Any mask with a valve or vent is not a reliable method of source control:

Also, here is are 2 more resources for masks in Dakar:

Monique NDiaye’s masks for children and adults, contact

Minibap masks and lanyards, contact on Facebook

Second, please be reminded that students that are ill should remain home until fever and symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever or pain-reducing medications. This is also true for students who are dismissed from school due to illness. This means, for example, that if a student stays home on Monday because he/she has a sore throat and he/she feels better at 12 pm, the student would not return to school until at least 12 pm on Tuesday. If it is not possible to bring the student to school after 12 pm on Tuesday because of transportation issues, etc., then the student should stay home Tuesday and can return to school Wednesday. The student will not be allowed to return to school at any time before being symptom and fever-free for 24 hours. Teachers can work with students to continue assignments online if they are home ill.

Please alert the ISD Nurse Clinic at whenever your child is home ill. Given the times in which we are living, it is also recommended to consult a physician when your child is home ill.

Here again, is the Daily Home Screening for Students for you and your children to refer to each morning before coming to school.

We CAN work together to keep our ISD campus a HEALTHY campus for everybody!

Cheers to your Health,

Nurse Jen

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