Accident insurance is available at a small cost to each student at the start of the school year. The student protection plan offers 24 hour or at-school-only coverage. This individually purchased insurance does not cover interscholastic injuries. All interscholastic athletes are covered by a policy purchased by the Newtown School District. However, in case of an accident, the student must collect first on his/her family health insurance plan. The excess can then be claimed from the school's purchased insurance.
The nurse's office is open school days from 7:30 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. To see the nurse, the student must get a pass signed by a teacher. All student visits to the nurse's office will be entered into the SNAP program.
This information needs to be updated annually at the beginning of the school year by the parent or guardian in the Info SNAP program. Parents will receive an email at the end of the summer each year, reminding them to complete the Student Registration Verification form. The medical update is part of this online form. Remember that it is important to keep the school informed of any changes in your child's health or in emergency contact information during the school year.
Physical examinations are mandated by the state of CT for ninth grade students. The State of CT Health Assessment Record is a three page form. Page one is to be completed by the parent. Page two and three are to be completed by a legally qualified practitioner of medicine. The ninth grade physical forms are to be completed and returned to the nurse's office by June of the freshman year. Students will not be allowed to enter for their tenth grade year until a physical is on file.
Students participating in interscholastic sports are also required to have a physical on file to document that they are fully able to participate in athletics. A current physical must be on file before try outs. Sports physicals are recorded on the same form as other school physicals. Sport physicals are good for 13 months from the date of exam.
All physical exam forms should be sent directly to the nurse's office (fax, email, snail mail, student delivery). DO NOT give physicals to coaches!
Excuses should be brought to the nurse's office by the student or parent. The excuse will be recorded in the student's health record. The student's name will be added to the Student Injury List. This list is shared with PE teachers and the athletic trainer. An Individualized Health Care Plan will be emailed to teachers if indicated. If medically excused from P.E., a student is required by state law to complete a physical education assignment issued by the assigned semester P.E. teacher.
If a student is injured during the school day, the student should report to the nurse's office. He/She should not wait until the following day to discover that the small bruise did amount to something. If a student is injured or has been medically excused from gym or a sport, a written doctor's note is required, stating any activity limitations and recommended accommodations at school. A release from the medical provider is required in order for the student to return to the gym or sport. School policy states that students must be in good academic standing before returning to a sport after an illness or injury.
The nurses/trained school personnel may only administer medication during school hours with the written permission of a parent/guardian, and a written order by a physician. Medication forms can be obtained from the nurse's office or on this website under Frequently Used Forms. Medication to be given should be brought to the school by the parent/guardian and must be identified and labeled with the following: the prescription number, the student's name, the doctor's name, the medication name, the dosage, and directions for administration (all medications must be in a pharmacy container). Students may not carry medications on their person with the exception of Epipens and asthma inhalers.
The parent or the person indicated as an emergency contact at the beginning of the school year should provide transportation for the ill child. When the parent or person indicated as the emergency contact cannot pick up the ill child, the parent must find another person to provide transportation.
The CHR or Cumulative Health Record follows a student from school to school within Connecticut. Graduating students may need immunization records before acceptance into colleges, technical schools, and places of employment. Please keep this in mind before graduation and obtain copies of your records if necessary. Cumulative Health Records are only kept for a period of seven years. Immunization records are kept for forty years, but are stored off site.
There are many staff members available to offer support of all kinds to students - both academic and emotional. Support staff work as a team to provide for student needs. Parents are always welcome to contact staff regarding any concerns that they have for their children. Support staff at the high school include: nurses, guidance counselors, special education staff, school psychologists and social workers.
MRSA or "methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus" is a potentially dangerous bacteria that can cause serious skin and other infections. Staphylococcus or "staph" is commonly found on the skin or in the nose of healthy, as well as ill people. At any time 25% to 30% of the population is carrying staph bacteria, while about 1% of the population is carrying MRSA. Most people carry staph on their skin without symptoms or infection, but if it gets into cuts or abrasions, it can cause
a nasty infection. See the link below for information on MRSA management from the CDC