For this new school year, we went to interview the Lycée Français de Singapour staff to provide you best the advices for your children.
What advice do you give to parents about their children’s health?
In Singapore, it is very hot and, the first advice we give, is to keep hydrated and do not wait until you are thirsty to do so. We also recommend wearing a cap or hat and applying a good sunscreen with a high UV protection factor.
What are newcomers to Singapore not thinking about when it comes to the health and safety of their children?
Because of the rains and humidity there are mosquitoes in Singapore, with mosquitos, comes the risk of disease such as Dengue or Zika. Parents can therefore protect their children with repellent sprays or patches.
As for vaccinations in Singapore, two of them are mandatories, those against diphtheria and measles. In addition, there may be other vaccinations recommended, depending of their travels in ASIA. We invite them to get in touch with their attending physician.
Lightning is a major risk in Singapore. We have a specific alarm within our establishment: it sounds when a storm is detected nearby. Students must then take shelter and leave high-risk areas such as the swimming pool, playground or sports field.
What is the first concern of parents when children arrive at the Lycée Français de Singapour?
The main concerns are heat, sun, tropical diseases and mosquitoes.
What are the Lycée Français de Singapour’s best practices in terms of student health?
In primary school, children bring their water bottles and cannot play sports or go to recess in the sun if they do not wear hats. Water fountains are also available throughout the facility.
Pestcontrol is carried out once a week to neutralize mosquito and other tropical insect outbreaks.
Vaccination records are checked by nurses.
Thanks to the CESC (Comité d’éducation à la santé et à la citoyenneté), external stakeholders or nurses from the high school carry out prevention sessions in the field of health education. These interventions are intended for students from kindergarten to high school.
In addition, road safety, in particular the use of bicycles, scooters and skateboards, is also the subject of prevention campaigns. We are vigilant about access to the establishment given the density of traffic, the presence of pedestrians, school and public transport to ensure an optimal level of safety.
Thank you to the security manager and the nurses team of the Lycée Français de Singapour for their answers to our questions. We also invite you to read our previous article for more information on the subject.