As our school nurses and health teachers tell us, the best way to deal with sickness is prevention—staying well rested, hydrated, eating a balanced, nutritious diet, and so on. With all the joys that come with exploring new places, we also know that our stomachs sometimes take a bit of time to adjust to the food/seasonings/oils used in different parts of the world. A certain level of illness is a natural response to a new environment, and something that most Microcampus students can expect to encounter at some point along the way.
When students are at school in Shanghai and they become sick, the solution is simple: send them home. Clearly, this is not the first option if it should happen while a student is at the Microcampus. Instead, the goal is to have some rest, keep well hydrated, and try to be back to full health as quickly as possible.
There is not a school nurse on the Microcampus trip. We do, however, have have a complete treatment station with the ability to treat scratches and scrapes and all the other common minor injuries and illnesses that occur during a typical month in the life of and 8th grader. Our SAS nurse is available for consultation during school hours, and Jeanee Linden (owner of the Linden Centre) is a nurse. On rare occasion, we need to call on her for advice.
Although it is unlikely to be needed, a detailed emergency plan is in place to deal with serious illness or injury. The nearest hospital is a short 30-minute drive away, and we have 24-hour contact with doctors through the usual I-SOS system used for all SAS trips.
Overall, though, it should be repeated: the best way to deal with illness and injury is through prevention. Outside of the “Bubble,” this is especially important, and will be one of many challenges that are a part of the Microcampus program.