A high performing K-12 American Curriculum school, situated in the city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The School Clinic

The health and safety of students at Al Dhafra Private Schools are of paramount importance. The school has 3 clinics: a main clinic which caters a primary and female secondary students, a male clinic for Grade 6-12 male students, and a KG clinic for students in KG1 and KG2. The school clinic is well staffed with registered nurses and a visiting medical doctor licensed with the Department of Health (DOH) – Abu Dhabi.

The school nurse provides first aid and emergency care to students during school hours and after-school activity. The nurse administers medicines and refers students to follow-up with medical practitioners or to emergency services if needed. If students are unwell while at school, they will be cared for at the clinic until collected by a parent or guardian.

The clinic is well-equipped with an automated defibrillator, oxygen apparatus and nebulizers which all help provide appropriate medical first-aid response.

In addition, the school also focuses on preventative healthcare by participating in various health campaigns in collaboration with the contracting hospital giving regular health talks and advice students in promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Student Health Record

Prior to your child’s admission to the school, you will be required to complete the students health record available during registration and on the school website. It is important that the school is made aware of any medical condition that your child has or if they are receiving any medication.

For conditions that require emergency care (asthma, allergy, diabetes, epilepsy etc.), emergency medication administration consent form are available in the school clinic. Please update the clinic of any change in your child’s medical/surgical history and of any change in your contact details.

-Download Student Health Record Form (English)
-Download Student Health Record Form (Arabic)

Physical Examination

As part of the DOH regulations, the visiting doctor is required to conduct a non-invasive medical examination that includes height and weight assessment, screening of vision, ear nose and throat, skin, chest, heart, abdomen, and musculoskeletal systems of students in the following grade levels: 1, 5 and 9.

The results of the examinations are documented in the School Health Record. Any findings requiring additional follow up or referrals will be reported to the parents.

Accidents and Emergency

In case your child requires emergency treatment, efforts will be made to contact the parents. If contact is not possible, the school nurse will administer appropriate emergency treatment and if needed an ambulance will be called to transfer your child to the hospital.

Policy on Administration of Medication

Prior to school admission, parents are required to submit a signed consent form stating which medicines can be administered by the school clinic staff. The form can be acquired from the clinic.

The school follows the DOH standard school medication policy for prescription and non-prescription medication.

  • Emergency medicines: Students are NOT allowed to carry medicines with them except asthma inhalers, insulin pen and Epi-pens (Middle School and High School students only). Students who need to carry these medicines are permitted only after the clinic receives a written statement from the student’s physician and parent or guardian verifying the necessity of and student’s ability to self-administer the medicine.
  • Prescription medicines: A written order for prescription medicines which need to be administered during school hours shall be obtained from the student’s physician. This order must include a diagnosis requiring medicine, dosage, and route of administration. Medication must be brought to the school in original packaging and labeled appropriately by the pharmacist.
  • Over the Counter medicines: shall be brought in with the manufacturer’s original label with the student’s name affixed to the container.

Medicine will then be administered by the school nurse after the parents sign the request form available in the school clinic.


Parents are required to submit copies of updated vaccination record to the clinic prior to the start of school. In collaboration with School Health (SEHA), vaccinations are provided in the school clinic, Grade 1: DTaP, MMR, OPV and Varicella, Grade 11: TDap (Male & Female) and HPV (Female only).

Infection Control Policy

A sick child is not able to function effectively in school and should rest at home until fully recovered. If a child develops a fever during school hours, parents will be contacted and requested to take the child home. A student with a temperature of 100° F (37.8° C) should remain at home until free of fever for 24 hours.

Children with conditions that require exclusion from the school such as chicken pox, measles, mumps, conjunctivitis, or any other contagious disease should be rested and cared for at home and may only return to school when they are no longer contagious. The infectivity period for each condition varies. Upon returning to school a medical certificate from the attending physician must be provided.

To further reduce the spread of infection please do not send your child to school if they have:

  1. A suspected contagious rash
  2. Heavy nasal discharge
  3. Red, sticky eyes
  4. Persistent cough
  5. Vomiting and diarrhea (return to school only when symptom free for at least 24 hours)

Nutrition Policy

We believe that the school has an important role in establishing lifelong, healthy eating habits that benefits children.

  1. Send healthy snacks (include more fruits and vegetables).
  2. Encourage to drink water instead of juice and other fizzy drinks.
  3. Junk foods such as fast food, chips, chocolates etc. are not allowed.
  4. Don’t send nuts and nut products as we have a Free Nuts Policy.

Personal Hygiene and Grooming

Good personal hygiene habits will help your child to stay healthy, avoid getting sick and boost his self-esteem and confidence. The basics of good personal hygiene are:

  • Take a bath or shower every day.
  • Brush teeth at least twice a day especially before coming to school.
  • Wash your hair and keep it tidy (short hair for boys and tied-up hair for girls).
  • Wash hands regularly before eating, after toilet and after coughing or sneezing.
  • Practice cough etiquette by covering mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep your nails clean and short (nail polish is not allowed).
  • Wear clean and tidy uniform, undergarments, socks and shoes.
  • For teens, body odor can be particularly uncomfortable. Practice good personal hygiene routine:
    • Take a shower every day and pay extra attention to your armpits and feet where bacteria grow quickly.
    • Wear clean clothes every day – especially socks, underwear and anything tight fitting.
    • If you sweat a lot, use deodorant on your underarms and feet to mask the body odor.
    • Have a spare shirt if you are going to play or stay outdoor.

Head lice Policy

Getting head lice or nits can happen to any child and is not a reason for panic or embarrassment. Since head lice screening is not recommended by ADEK, we encourage the parents to have regular checks of your child’s hair. Please inform the school nurse, if head lice or nits are detected, it will help us to do the screening on that particular class. Treat your child’s hair immediately with pediculicide (lice-killing product) and comb hair using special lice comb. Follow up will be done by the school nurse for the head lice positive cases until they become head lice free.

Your cooperation is an important part of the efforts being made to completely control the spread of head lice in the school.

  • Please feel free to contact the school nurse if you need any further information at the following extension numbers:

  •     0097126108417 - Elementary (Grade 1-5) & Female Secondary (Grade 6-12)
  •     0097126108436 - Male Secondary (Grade 6-12)
  •     0097126108429 - Kindergarten (KG 1-2)