The school nurse is at OIS on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (at 11:30-12:30 without appointment) and nurse works for pre-scheduled health check-ups. For urgent medical attention students are advised to go to their nearest health care centre (Kontinkankaan hyvinvointikeskus, Kajaanintie 46A, ground floor). If a parent has to stay away from work to look after a child under the age of 10-12 (depends on the guardian's employer), our school nurse can provide a certificate about it for their employer.
New families moving to Oulu are asked to submit their child's immunization documents to school nurse as soon as possible. The school health care is responsible for administering vaccinations according to the national immunization program.
Health check-ups are provided annually during the student's entire school career, in which their condition and development are followed. Extensive health check-ups are offered for students in grades 1, 5 and 8 by the School Nurse and Doctor. Studens of other grades have a shorter health check-up. Guardians are notified by the School Nurse through Wilma about booking and the contents of the health check-up. Additional check-ups can be administered if necessary.
The school has an emergency first aid kit to provide immediate care for bruises and cuts. Only the nurse is allowed to give painkillers to students. In case of a more serious accident or injury, parents are contacted as soon as possible and student is taken straight to nearest health care center if necessary. The class/homeroom teacher must be informed of any medication, illness or condition which may have an effect on the student's school work.
OIS students are insured by Fennia insurance company during school times including P.E. lessons, educational visits etc. and during the trip between home and school. All injuries occurred during these times are reported reported to staff member who is present in the situation. Treatment for injuries which happen at school or on journeys between home and school is free of charge.
Our insurance does not cover accidents which happen during school days if the student is outside school premises without permission. Therefore, students and parents are expected to understand that leaving the school premises e.g. during breaks or lunchtime without notice is strictly forbidden.
It is the responsibility of the parents to seek treatment for injuries occurred after school hours (e.g. sports training). These injuries are usually covered by the sports associations' licences. The school´s insurance does not cover the expenses if the injury occurred outside school time.
If the services of a private GP are required because of an injury which occurred at school, parents should pay the doctor's bill first and then claim compensation from insurance company Fennia. Please refer to these instructions as to how to claim compensation from Fennia. Instructions in Finnish on the right column of this page.
OIS students are mainly treated at Dentopolis in Kontinkangas, address Aapistie 3. The telephone number for appointments is (08) 5584 6430. Students are invited to dental check-up in grade 1, 5 and 8. Newly arrived families with children in other classes than these should make the first dental appointment themselves. The frequency of further check-ups depends on each students’ individual dental health plan.
Now non-Oulu residents may also have a dental check-up in Oulu. If it turns out that the student needs further treatment (e.g. filling or orthodontic treatment), parents will have to ask the home municipality's dental health care centre for permission first. If the permission is granted, the care will continue in Oulu. If the home municipality denies dental care in Oulu, the care will continue in the home municipality.
To keep teeth in good condition, remember the following:
- Eat regularly and avoid extra, esp. sweet snacks
- Drink water if you are thirsty
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day
- After meal, take a xylitol pastille or chewing gum
We allow OIS students to have a xylitol chewing gum after lunch and the afternoon snack so long as the gum is disposed of in the litter bin before the next lesson.