Required Health Forms 2017-2018
Pratt Health Center
The Pratt Health Center hosts our medical and mental health services. The first floor has clinical examination rooms and a ten-bed infirmary. Four consultation rooms for mental health services are on the second floor. Our medical and mental health professionals keep liberal office hours Monday through Friday and, in special circumstances, see students outside of office hours.
When school is in session, the Pratt Health Center is staffed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week by at least a registered nurse and supported by one of our medical clinicians on-call. A student who feels sick at night should inform a prefect, an adult in the dormitory, the dean on duty, or contact Community Safety to bring the student to the Health Center. Students need to be accompanied by an adult after curfew. When students are admitted to the Health Center overnight, their adviser and the dean on duty are notified.
The Health Center is also a place where students may rest and receive needed care when they have a short term issue, like a headache. Our goal is for students to return to class and be ready to learn as soon as they are able. Rarely, and only if granted special permission by the Health Center staff or their form dean, boarding students may be allowed to rest in their dorm rooms during class time. Day students who fall ill during the school day are expected to go to the Health Center for evaluation, unless picked up by a parent who is then asked to contact the Health Center.
Absences for day students due to medical reasons, should be reported to the Health Center at (203) 697-2203 by their parent or guardian by 8:45 a.m. A list of students who are missing class for medical reasons is updated daily to keep teachers informed as needed. No specific health information other than the student’s name is provided on these lists.
We encourage our students to develop a sense of ownership and a better understanding of their own health information. Therefore, you may first receive a call from your child describing a visit and treatment plan before we contact you about the student’s visit to the Health Center.
Medical Policies & Procedures
Allergies and Medical History
Providing a complete medical history, including information about allergies, is essential for the health services team to provide appropriate medical care. If your child has severe reactions, we ask that you send an action plan completed by the student’s primary care provider or specialist. Also, all students should know their allergies, reactions, and treatments. We cannot guarantee that a student will never be exposed to conditions that cause an allergic reaction, but we make every effort to be prepared to respond quickly and appropriately.
Up-To-Date Medication List
Please make sure that Health Services is notified of all medications prescribed for your child and call us with any changes. Students in possession of prescription medications unknown to the Health Center risk violating the school rule on drugs (see the Student Handbook).
All prescription medications, including antibiotics and ADD medicine, must be accompanied by written instructions, indications, and any recommended monitoring from your child’s prescriber. The health services team will maintain ongoing communications with the prescriber to monitor compliance and progress. Students are forbidden from providing their medications to another student or to take a medication not prescribed for them. Any violation of these rules or other misuse of prescription or over the counter drugs will be addressed as a violation of school rules. Students with prescriptions for controlled and/or psychiatric medications and their guardians will need to sign an Agreement form at the beginning of each term. All boarding students are required to bring their prescription medicines to the Health Center when arriving at school. Medications given to students during vacations must be presented by the student to the Health Center within 48 hours of arrival on campus. Students will schedule regular times to pick up their medicines and will receive them either in a labeled pill organizer or in blister packs. Medications are not allowed in a student’s possession outside of the labeled pill organizer or blister pack. Unless they are supplied in blister packs, we ask that no more than a month’s supply be initially supplied so that refills are provided in blister pack, which allow better medication management. All refills are to be processed through a pharmacy selected by Choate. The Director of Health Services may require daily dispensing in certain situations.
No medications may be mailed directly to your child (see the Student Handbook), but, by agreement with the Director of Health Services or designee, can be mailed directly to the Health Center.
If you have questions or special requests, please contact Christopher Diamond, MD, Director of Health Services.
Medical Leave of Absence
A medical leave of absence will be granted to or required for a student who, due to a serious medical or mental health issue, is unable to engage constructively in school life for medical reasons. A medical leave of absence will be required when the School determines that having the student remain on campus would compromise that student’s safety or wellbeing or the safety or wellbeing of other students.
For those students who have engaged in suicidal behavior, are deemed at risk for suicidal behavior, or persist in self-harming behavior, the School will require a medical leave of absence until no earlier than September of the next academic year. However, if the decision to require the medical leave is made during the spring term, the School will likely require that the student remain on leave for no less than the next full academic year. It is our experience that a clearly defined and extended period of time away from Choate permits students to focus, with their families and with the support of on-going therapy, on the steps to be taken that will enable them to return and thrive at Choate.
The length of time for other medical leaves of absences shall be determined on an individual, case-by-case basis. The student on leave is expected to continue an active academic program, preferably in a formal school setting. The details of this program are to be worked out as early in the leave as possible between the family and the form dean in consultation with the Director of Studies.
Terms of the medical leave agreement require that while the student is on leave he or she have minimal connection to Choate Rosemary Hall. A medical leave agreement will be drafted by the Dean of Students and the Director of Health Services and must be signed by all appropriate parties. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the applicable form dean, the Director of Health Services, and the Director of Studies, grants approval for return from medical leave. The Director of Studies determines academic placement of the student upon return based on submitted documentation of work completed while on leave, the student’s previous record at Choate, and placement testing as needed. A student returning to campus following a medical leave of absence will be asked to meet with the form dean, adviser, and appropriate member of the Choate medical staff during the first few days following the leave of absence to assist in the transition back to successful campus life.