Salisbury School Health Services’ mission is to provide quality, comprehensive health care to all students of the School community. Our goal is to provide patient care and health education pertaining to the “whole health” of our students, in a manner that is integrated into the daily life and community spirit of the School. Health Services strives to meet this goal by focusing valuable resources on health promotion and disease prevention, while at the same time meeting a high standard of health care provision.
Salisbury School Health Services includes a health center (licensed by the State of Connecticut, housing both a primary care clinic and a four-bed infirmary), mental health support services, and athletic training.
Health Center Hours
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
An on-call provider is available during times when the health center is closed. The on-call provider can be reached by contacting the dean on duty.
Contacting the Health Center
The clinic is staffed by several nurses, a full-time nurse practitioner and a physician available to provide clinical consultation and care. Students are always welcome to be seen in the clinic on a walk-in and/or appointment basis. Clinic visits are free-of-charge. Assistance includes first aid, routine primary care for common illnesses and various other services including but not limited to: blood draws, asthma treatment, strep throat and mono testing, wound care, vaccinations/immunizations and physical exams. Common over-the-counter health-related products are also for sale in the Health Center.
Admission to the infirmary is at the discretion of the Health Center staff and the director of health services.
In addition to the clinic and infirmary, the Health Center also houses a medication dispensary, providing prescription medications to students. See the "Medication" section below for more information regarding the medication policy.
The Health Center maintains the ability to refer students to subspecialty care in the local community when indicated. This includes referral to the local emergency room and hospital if necessary. Appointment times and transportation to such care is arranged by the Health Center. Transportation fees are charged to the student’s debit account.
The athletic training staff works in collaboration with both the Athletic Department and Health Services. The athletic trainers evaluate all athletic injuries and determine athletic status using consultation with the school physician when necessary.
Mental Health Support
Salisbury School Health Services works in close collaboration with a consulting counselor and a psychiatrist who see students on the School campus. Individual counseling is available for students who indicate a desire or need for such support related to emotional, behavioral or adjustment concerns. The Mental Health Services staff also offers non-individual services such as group counseling services, group support services and health and wellness seminars.
Privacy and Confidentiality
Salisbury School believes that the relationship among students, parents, and healthcare providers is strengthened by a mutual understanding of the basic rights and responsibilities of each of the parties. Please click here for a copy of Salisbury School’s Confidentiality and Limited Information Sharing Policy.
For more information regarding Health Services, please refer to the Student Handbook.
Required Health Forms and Student Medical Records
The Salisbury School Health Center contracts with Magnus Health for the collection and maintenance of student medical records. Magnus Health is a secure and easy-to-use Web site for online submission and storage of your child’s medical information. The Magnus Health account contains all of the pertinent medical forms (physical exam and immunization forms, permission to treat, insurance, etc.) as well as information regarding prescription medications.
Upon enrollment, parents are automatically assigned a Magnus Health account, which can be accessed through Salisbury School’s Parent Portal. New parents will be provided login information to access the Parent Portal in late June.
Each year, returning parents must access their child’s Magnus Health account in order to obtain and submit the required health forms. The Magnus Health account can be accessed via the Parent Portal under the "Magnus Health" tab.
Physical exams are required yearly and all immunizations must comply with State of Connecticut regulations. Requirements must be completed prior to registration. Please contact the health center at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Salisbury School Medication Policy
Salisbury School has a clear and firm policy regarding the handling and administration of prescription and nonprescription medications. Noncompliance with this medication policy is a violation of a major School rule and is subject to disciplinary action.
- Do not send pills from home. They will not be accepted.
- All prescription medications (whether episodic or long-term) will be managed and supplied by Salisbury Pharmacy and dispensed by the health center.
- Do not fill prescriptions at home within 1 month of registration, as this may delay/prevent the arrival of your student’s medication at school. Please send all prescriptions to Salisbury Pharmacy. If medication is needed for home use, Salisbury Pharmacy is happy to mail a supply to you.
- Prescriber completes one medication order form for each medication ordered (form available for download from Magnus Health website). Medication order forms must be sent to the Salisbury School Health Center.
- Prescriptions must be sent directly to Salisbury Pharmacy (see medication order form for instructions).
- All prescription medications kept in a student’s room must be authorized and dispensed by the health center.
- Discontinued medications will be destroyed in compliance with State of Connecticut regulations.
- Parent authorizes communication between prescriber and health center staff necessary for the safe administration of the medication and the management of the condition for which it was prescribed.
Witnessed Self-Administration of Medications:
As outlined above, prescription medications must be dispensed by a health center nurse. Exceptions to this may be necessary when the health center is closed or the student is off campus. All such exceptions will be approved by the director of the health services on a case-by-case basis. The procedure for a student to be able to take such medications outside of the health center is outlined below.
- Medications are dispensed in individual doses and labeled with the student’s name, date, medication, dosage, administration time, and any other pertinent information.
- At the designated time of dosing, the student must have a faculty member witness medication administration. Faculty must sign the package documenting the student’s self-administration.
- The student is then required to return the empty package with the faculty signature to the health center at the next available health center medication dispensing time.
- Unused medication must be returned to the health center in an untampered package.
- The health center staff reserves the right to revoke the privilege of witnessed self-administration if a student fails to comply with the above procedure.
- Any misuse of medication is subject to revocation of the privilege of witnessed self-administration, and possible disciplinary action by the School.
Non-prescription/over-the-counter medications and supplements:
Certain over-the-counter medications may be kept in a student’s dorm room and self-administered by the student. Examples of such medications include topical creams, analgesics (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naprosyn), cough/cold medications (must be alcohol and dextromethorphan-free), vitamins, and supplements. Medications must be in their original containers with pharmacy label indicating medication, strength, and dosing instructions. Parents must be sure the instructions and possible side effects of all medications are clear to the student; School staff cannot be responsible for this.
If there are any questions about a medication, it is the responsibility of the student/parent/prescribing physician to inquire at the health center about the requirements for the handling of that medication.
Salisbury School students are expected to be responsible for their medication compliance. The Health Center staff and faculty will not hand-deliver medications, nor will they routinely locate students when they have missed their medications. However, the Health Center staff maintains a strong interest in students’ success and well-being and will work closely with the student, parents, and advisor to address medication-related issues. Parents interested in knowing their student’s medication compliance may access this information via their student’s Magnus Health account.
Salisbury School and Concussion Management
Salisbury School seeks to provide a safe return to activity for all athletes after injury, particularly after a concussion. In order to effectively and consistently manage these injuries, procedures have been developed to aid in insuring that concussed athletes are identified, treated, and fully recovered prior to returning to sports. Additionally, our policy seeks to provide academic support for students as they recover from their injuries.
All Salisbury School students are required to complete a baseline neurocognitive test prior to participation in athletics. Salisbury School utilizes a program called ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), a research-based software tool utilized to objectively evaluate the injured student and track recovery for a safe return-to-play. ImPACT evaluates multiple aspects of neurocognitive function, including memory, attention, brain processing speed, reaction time, and post-concussion symptoms.
The athletic trainers and the health center staff work collaboratively in evaluating, diagnosing, and managing concussions. Most concussions can be managed on campus. Students who remain stable and whose symptoms improve will be managed at School and discharged back to their dorm rooms when deemed appropriate by the trainers or health center staff. However, any student who suffers a loss of consciousness, exhibits deteriorating neurologic function, or has an associated injury will be transported to the nearest emergency room. Referrals to the hospital or concussion specialists are at the discretion of the medical staff, but may also be initiated by the student or family. While the opinion of the outside provider is considered, the ultimate decision regarding clearance for academics and athletics is made after consultation among the Salisbury School medical staff and athletic trainers.
Once a diagnosis of concussion is made, the student’s parent, advisor, teachers, and dean are notified and periodic updates regarding the student’s progress are provided. A referral to the Rudd Learning Center is also initiated, in order to provide additional academic support.
Students are expected to follow up with the health center staff on a daily basis. At each visit, students are placed in one of four academic/athletic stages, depending on their symptoms. Academic responsibilities are increased as students’ symptoms improve.
Students are restricted from sports until cleared by the Salisbury School health center or athletic training staff. Students must be asymptomatic and within normal range of baseline on post-concussion ImPACT testing in order to begin return-to-play. Students will be progressed to full activity following a stepwise approach, under the supervision of the athletic trainers. Progression through the steps is individualized and is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Please feel free to contact the health center at 860-435-5748 or the athletic trainers at 860-435-5891 with any questions.
For more information on concussions, please visit the CDC’s Concussion page at https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/index.html