Vaccination and Health Policies
In order to meet the physical and emotional needs of our students, Long Trail provides support and educational services for our community. This includes coordinating with outside healthcare professionals.
If a student becomes ill or injured while at school, s/he must go to he Dean of Students or, during athletics, a coach. S/he may not leave campus without an adult’s knowledge and permission. A parent or guardian will be contacted if it is necessary for a student to go home.
Vaccination and Immunization Policy
Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, students from new families must be fully vaccinated according to the State of Vermont, unless one of the following criteria is met:
- Medical Exemption: A reason for a medical exemption must be set forth in writing by a board-certified physician explaining that a particular immunization is detrimental to a child’s health. Such a medical exemption waives the requirement for that particular immunization until the immunization is no longer detrimental to the child’s health.
- Religious Exemption: New families may not rely upon a religious exemption. Returning families may continue to assert a religious exemption, with a letter from an official religious leader on stationery from the family’s established church setting forth the religious exemption. A church will qualify under this policy only if it has qualified for tax-exempt status under section 501c of the Internal Revenue Code. Vermont no longer allows a “personal belief” exemption.
A schedule of required vaccinations under Vermont state law is available from the school or your pediatrician.
General Medication Policy
A student may require some type of medication while at school. This may be a medication taken only for a few days, or one taken every day. Therefore, it is essential that students and parents follow these guidelines:
- School policy prohibits students from self-administering any medication, prescription or over-the-counter.
- Parents are required to provide the school with a list of all medications a student currently takes, including prescription and non-prescription medications.
- If a student requires over-the-counter medications not routinely stocked by the school, a parent may send this medication in for personal use. The medication will be held and dispensed by the Dean of Students in accordance with standard package dosing instructions.
- All prescription medications must be submitted to the Dean of Students in the original pharmacy-prepared containers, labeled by a United States licensed pharmacist. The label must provide the name of the student, name of the medication, dosage, frequency, healthcare provider’s name and date of the original prescription. The medication will be held and dispensed by the Dean of Students in accordance with the dosing instructions.
- Students who require asthma inhalers, diabetic medications, or an Epi-Pen should carry these medications with them at all times.
Health Insurance, Medical Records and Medical Information Discloser
All students are required to have health insurance coverage.
All medical information is maintained by the Dean of Students and is separate from other school records.
In general, all information in a student’s medical file is confidential. However, there may be times when the school must release information from the student’s medical file in order to facilitate proper medical care. We may also need to call medical providers to discuss the student’s care. It may also be necessary to discuss confidential information about the health and well-being of a student with appropriate adult members of the community or specialists.
Health information is completed online through TADS as part of the annual enrollment process. A hard copy of the student’s immunization record must be on file. Parents are expected to accurately complete all information. It is expected that the school will be notified in writing of any changes that arise during the year.
Long Trail does not employ a behavioral health professional or on-site counselor. The Dean of Students may discuss options for counselling with parents and/or students.
Athletic Participation Policy
Beginning with the Class of 2023, each student must participate in at least one activity per year from the following list to maintain progress toward graduation:
- A LTS physical education class for one semester; or
- A LTS interscholastic team for a season; or
- The lead student manager for an LTS interscholastic team; or
A LTS-sponsored intramural activity for a season; or
- An off-campus sport not offered by LTS; or
- A national-caliber physical activity.
Approval of credit for options 3, 5 and 6 is within the Athletic Director’s discretion. Credit for any activity is conditioned upon the student’s satisfactory participation for the full length of the season or semester, as applicable.
The only exception to these requirements is a medical exemption set forth by a licensed physician in writing and granted by the Athletic Director. The Athletic Director, in consultation with the physician, will work with the student and family to develop an alternative physical activity to the extent feasible.