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

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. Pertinent family history of hereditary illness, diabetes, or immune disorders can be added under 'Additional Information'. Failure to disclose important information may lead to serious consequences.

IMMUNIZATIONS

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. A consent for flu shot immunizations will be made available electronically.

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 addition, 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-eleventh graders (third-fifth formers).

If there is doubt about prior Chickenpox disease a varicella Ig G titer must be obtained.

ANAPHYLAXIS (Life-threatening allergic reactions)

Students who have experienced anaphylactic reactions are required to have two (2) Epinephrine auto injectors prescribed for them. If these are not brought to school, they will be ordered through the Health Center. The student must carry one at all times. One will also be carried by their coach and one will be kept in the dormitory. The physician performing the physical examination must approve the use of an “Epipen” in the Doctor Medication Permission form.

ASTHMA

If students have inhalers ordered, they must bring two to school or they will be ordered through the Health Center. The physician performing the physical exam must complete an Asthma Action Plan form.

MEDICATIONS

Authorization to administer both prescription and non-prescription/over the counter medication is now required for all students. A practitioner qualified to prescribe medications shall sign the prescription medication form and a parent/guardian shall sign for a non-prescription medication. All medications brought to school are to be dispensed by the Health Center except as noted below and at the discretion of the Health Center staff. Since many physicians are not aware of the school’s daily schedule, the School Physician may adjust the dose and schedule for the benefit of the student. Medications mailed to the school should be addressed to the Health Center and not to the student.
 

Matt’s local pharmacy will provide prescription medication in individually labeled bubble packed containers. Matt’s will receive all prescriptions.

MEDICATIONS IN STUDENTS’ ROOMS

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, before keeping it in their room. 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.

SCHEDULE II MEDICATIONS

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.

CONFIDENTIALITY

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.

DRUG TESTING

Students who are suspected of using alcohol or other illegal drugs may be subject to drug testing at the request of the Dean of Students, a parent, the Health Group, or as required as part of any disciplinary action or a medical evaluation. A Health Center charge will be applied.

OVERSEAS TRAVEL

Students who are contemplating overseas travel are urged to consult with their own physician well in advance so that recommended immunizations and health precautions can be discussed. Return travel plans should take into consideration the time needed to adjust to “jet lag” and permit resuming classes on schedule.

ImPACT TESTING (concussion program)

The school utilizes the ImPACT program to help assess a student’s return to classes and sports after a concussion. While the advice of other physicians is welcomed, the final decision is made by the School Nurse Practitioner.

HEALTH CENTER

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. Our Nurse Practitioner is available to evaluate and treat patients on a daily basis.

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.