Health Information & Resources
Parents, please take the time to read this information, as it is important to the health and welfare of each student. It is also a guide to understanding our concerns and the services we provide.
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- HEALTH FORMS ARE MANDATORY
- ANAPHYLAXIS (Life-threatening allergic reactions)
- MEDICATIONS IN STUDENTS’ ROOMS
- SCHEDULE II MEDICATIONS
- DRUG TESTING
- OVERSEAS TRAVEL
- ImPACT TESTING (concussion program)
- HEALTH CENTER
Students will not be allowed to enroll or participate in all activities until all health forms have been completed and returned to the Magnus Health. An annual physical exam is required and examination by a physician parent is not acceptable. An eye exam is required for all third-form students. Reports from your own physician and consultants are particularly valuable for follow-up care and should include pertinent results of laboratory and X-ray studies, recommendations for further testing, physiotherapy or rehabilitation programs. Documentation that a student has received vision, scoliosis and LEAD level screening must be documented on the physical examination form. Failure to disclose important information may lead to serious consequences.
If the student received any immunizations during vacation, please have your doctor document this in the Health and Immunization form. Students whose immunization status does not comply with the regulations will be required to have the necessary immunizations before attending classes.
A flu immunization clinic will be held in October. The flu shot will be required for all students traveling on school programs.
All students are required to have had one dose of a quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine and a recent Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine before entering school. In additional all sixth-formers who received a dose of meningococcal vaccine at or before the age of 15 are now required to have received a booster dose given on or after 16 years of age. HPV is now required for all ninth graders (third-formers).
If there is doubt about prior Chickenpox disease a varicella Ig G titer must be obtained.
Upon receipt of the appropriate form (Parent Request to Allow Self-Administration of Medication) signed by a parent, and at the discretion of the Health Center staff, certain over-the-counter medications may be dispensed in small amounts and may be kept in students’ rooms. Students must bring all approved, over the counter medication, in its original container, to the Health Center for a sticker. All prescription medications must be brought to the Health center in the original container and dispensed by the Health Center, unless there is a special exception approved by the Director. Matt’s local pharmacy will provide prescription medication in individually labeled bubble packed containers. Matt’s will receive all prescriptions.
Because of the potential for abuse or illegal handling, all Schedule II medications such as RITALIN, CONCERTA, FOCALIN, ADDERALL, DEXEDRINE, VYVANSE, or their generic equivalents must be kept in the Health Center. Stimulant medications delivered by transdermal patch systems are not permitted at St. George’s School. Failure to observe this school rule or attempting to conceal or divert these medications may lead to disciplinary action.
In order to ensure compliance, STRATTERA and all psychotropic medications must be kept in the Health Center. Imprecise orders such as “one or two tablets”, “two or three times a day”, “as needed” are not acceptable. Repeated non-compliance will be handled according to the policy detailed in “The Shield”.
State regulations require documentation of all medication prescribed for a student. Please complete and return the various forms related to the administration of medications at school.
When a student’s illness interferes with academics and recovery requires planning outside of the Health Center, parents will be asked to sign a release of medical information for multi disciplinary planning.
While recognizing that parents have concerns about all aspects of student health, we are also faced with the issue of medical confidentiality between patient and health care providers. To this end, the Health Center staff is required to act with the utmost discretion in dealing with student health issues in addition to complying with HIPAA regulations. Knowing that students are often unaware of the risks and consequences of substance abuse or sexual activity, the Health Center staff will provide information, counseling, examination, and treatment of any student requesting help. Please be assured, however, that students will be encouraged to discuss these matters with their parents and to act in a responsible manner to avoid such serious consequences as alcoholism, drug addiction, pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases. On occasion, however, a student may wish to maintain complete confidentiality about a health issue and we will abide by Rhode Island law in this regard.
When a student attains the age of 18 years, he/she is considered to be legally competent to make health care decisions. Federal and State laws do not permit disclosure of confidential health information to anyone, including parents, without the student signing the appropriate release form.
The Health Center has eight beds. Registered nurses are on duty 24 hours a day and sick call is usually at 7:45 a.m. Monday through Saturday and by arrangement on Sundays.
There is no charge for a student to use the Health Center.
Parents may expect to be notified if a student remains in the Health Center with any significant illness or for a prolonged stay, and every effort will be made to contact parents to obtain specific permission for any emergency surgery.