Frequently Asked Questions
- When can a student visit the infirmary?
- Is a student ever required to stay in the infirmary?
- What happens if a student gets sick in the middle of the night?
- Will the infirmary automatically notify me if my child is sick and needs treatment?
- What should I do if my child is sick at home?
- What should I do if my child's physician recommends medication and/or other treatment at school?
- What do I do if my child is sick or injured and cannot participate in regular activities?
- My child wants to play sports, but the infirmary staff or athletic trainer won't give clearance. Can my own doctor give clearance?
- How can I arrange for my child to see a dentist or orthodontist off campus?
- Can a student get a referral to talk to a psychologist or therapist?
- Is a student permitted to keep medication in his/her room?
- When can a student see the athletic trainer?
- How does the infirmary staff interface with the school's other health-care personnel?
- How does the infirmary interface with other faculty?
- Will teachers be informed if my child is sick in the infirmary?
- How can I be helpful?
The Infirmary is open 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. & 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8:30-10:30 a.m. & 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Sundays when school is in session. Students should make every effort to visit the Infirmary prior to meals or during a free period so as not to miss class, school meetings, assembly, or other required activity. In an emergency, of course, a student may visit the Infirmary any time.
Students are asked to keep their parents updated on all health issues. Parents are always notified if a student is admitted to the Infirmary or if he or she needs treatment in the emergency room. For non-emergent issues an email will be sent. We encourage parents to call or email any time they have questions or concerns about student health issues.
We are happy to coordinate care with your child's physician. Written orders from the physician are needed in order for any treatment and/or medication to be administered through the Infirmary. Have the doctor fill out our medication form and FAX it to the Infirmary at 860-963-7571. This form can be printed from the forms menu. Written orders for other treatments may also be faxed to this number.
Please keep in mind that the Infirmary staff and athletic trainer put your child's health and wellbeing above all else. Years of experience have taught us that an ill or injured student is at a much higher risk for severe injury if allowed to participate in sports or activities. It is our hope that parents will support our decisions concerning sports participation. We would encourage your child's physician to call us. If a physician examines your child and clearance is given, it must be provided in writing.
No, not without specific permission from the Director of Nursing. All medications must be reported to the Infirmary Staff. Mr. Newman will allow certain medications to be kept in a student's room. Contact him for specific details related to your child. Under no conditions will students be allowed to have controlled or psychotropic medications in their rooms. We do not dispense herbal, homeopathic, supplements, vitamins or non U.S. Formulary Medications. (See medication administration policy.)
The Athletic Trainer is available on sports days for evaluation and treatment of injuries. This service is free of charge. There are fees, however, for protective equipment provided by the Athletic Trainer. This includes, but is not limited to splints and braces. The Athletic Trainer works closely with the Infirmary staff. All doctors' orders for treatment for athletic injuries need to be in writing.
The director of the Infirmary, the athletic trainer and school counselors take a team approach to coordinating the care of every student. There is frequent communication between all three offices in an effort to comprehensively monitor treatment and recovery from illness, injuries and mental-health issues.
All medical records are kept confidential. However, medical information may be shared, on a need-to-know basis, with the Director of Residential Life, dorm parent, advisor, coach, headmaster and any other faculty deemed necessary. Sensitive communication with all those who support your child is a Rectory hallmark.
Encourage your child to get enough sleep and to eat well. See that they get a yearly flu shot. If they are sick at home, keep us informed and please do not return them to school until they are better. Be sure to fill out appropriate health forms completely and promptly. Inform us of any pertinent changes including medical insurance. If on medication, please make sure to provide us with refills or new Rx’s in a timely manner so as to prevent any lapse in treatment. And lastly please call or email us any time you have a question or concern about your child.