For all health issues that arise during the school day ARIS students are sent to the trained school nurse. The school nurse handles all administering of medicine to students.

The risk of communicable disease is present in every group and ARIS is no exception. Parents must make other arrangements for the care of their children when they show symptoms of any deviation from normal health. If a child becomes ill at ARIS the school nurse will immediately notify the parents. The student will be kept separated from the class until taken home.

ARIS students may not be sent to school with any of the following conditions:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher under arm (auxiliary), and one or more of the following: diarrhea, earache, signs of irritability or confusion, sore throat, rash.
  • Vomiting on two or more occasions within the past 24 hours.
  • Diarrhea – three or more watery stools in a 24-hour period.
  • Draining rash or undiagnosed rash lasting over a 24-hour period.
  • Eye discharge or pink eye. Students may return to school after medical diagnosis has ruled out bacterial or viral infection, or after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.
  • Fatigue that prevents participation in regular activities.
  • Open, oozing sores and scabs, unless properly covered and 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.
  • Head lice – until treatment is effective and a follow-up check has been made by school personnel.

In case of minor injury or accident, ARIS staff will administer basic first aid. ARIS has more than 30 West African Rescue Association (WARA)  trained staff members and many students. All injuries or illnesses not requiring immediate parental notification will be documented and reported to parents when the student is picked up at the end of the day.

In case of medical injury or illness requiring immediate professional care (emergency), the staff will call WARA, in which the student had already registered, giving location and the nature of the emergency. As appropriate, the staff will administer basic first aid measures. Parents will be notified immediately. If parents are unavailable, those individuals designated as emergency phone contacts will be notified.

All students must have an emergency medical release form on file in case of such an emergency.


All ARIS students must show an Immunization Certificate completed and signed by a health care provider or a medical records official. ARIS immunization requirements are strict and may differ significantly in countries other than Ghana. All students enrolling in ARIS must provide proof that they have had all the following immunizations before entering ARIS: -Tuberculosis PPD Test or BCG Vaccination -Oral Polio I, II, III, and IV -Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP I, II, and III) -Measles -Yellow Fever-Poliomyelitis (OPV 0r IPV) 1 2 3 4 5 MMR 1 & 2 1 2 Measles 1 2 Confirmation of Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunity. For more information please see the Admissions Manager.