Health needs in a day school tend to fall into four major categories. The following explains Pingree’s support for and response to student health needs.
1.Illness. In general, students who are too ill to attend school stay home and receive assignments from their teachers through email or classmates.When a student becomes ill during school the nurse will: assess the student’s condition, provide appropriate medical care, andinitiate communication with parents and school personnel.The nurse may, at any time, require a student to go home if, in the nurse’s judgment, it is in the best interest of the student’s health and/or the health of the rest of the community.
2.Athletic Injuries. One of the standards for membership in the Eastern Independent Athletic League, of which Pingree is a member, is that each school has a NATA certified athletic trainer on staff and in attendance at games. Thus, Pingree athletes are assured of proper care before and during games and practices. We also rely on Hamilton’s public safety personnel (Police and Fire). Our athletic trainers also conduct training sessions for coaches at the start of each season, advising them of appropriate procedures in the event of injury and/or while waiting for treatment.
3.Medical Emergencies. In the event that a student is seriously hurt and needs immediate medical attention during the course of the day, the school nurse, trained in emergency medical care, will be promptly called to the scene (or another member of the emergency response team) to assess, intervene and transport the student to the nearest healthcare facility.Parents will be notified as soon as possible of such an occurrence.
4.Mental Health. In the normal course of working with adolescents, we frequently need to respond to emotional crises or provide support to students who are wrestling with longer-term issues and problems. Students are referred to the director of counseling and advising for support. If necessary, referrals are made to outside counselors or clinicians.
Parents Away From Home
If parents are to be away from home, they must inform the advisor how to reach them in case of emergency and give the advisor the name, address, and telephone number of the person who will be responsible for their child.
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