Vaccination and Health Procedures

Vaccination and Health Procedures

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 the School Nurse 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.

Emergency & Health Information

Family emergency information is completed at the time of registration through TADS. Parents are asked to make the school aware of any health issues at that time. If changes occur during the year, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to update their TADS/Educate account or notify the school in writing, by phone, or over email.

Health Officer & School Nurse

Long Trail School has a full-time Health Officer and a part-time nurse on staff.

School Counselor

Long Trail employs a full-time licensed school counselor.  Students may see the counselor when referred by a teacher, requested by a parent or deemed necessary by the individual.

Health Insurance and Medical Records

All students are required to have health insurance coverage.

All medical information is maintained by the School Nurse 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.

First Aid, Illness or Injury

If a student needs first aid or becomes ill or injured while at school, s/he must go to the Health Officer or School Nurse or, during athletics, a coach. S/he may not leave campus without a LTS employee’s knowledge and permission. A parent or guardian will be contacted if it is necessary for a student to go home. If a medical emergency arises during school hours and the parent cannot be reached, 911 will be called.

Medication Administration

Medications should be taken at home if possible. Except as otherwise covered by law, when a student under age 18 is required to take medication during the school day, the administration and storage of the medication must be in accordance with the following stipulations:

  • LTS prohibits students from self-administering any over-the-counter or prescription medication.  The Health Officer or School Nurse will administer or supervise the administration of prescribed medications.  All medications are stored in a locked cabinet or drawer on campus.
  • Parents are required to provide the School with a list of all medications a student currently takes, including prescription and non-prescription medications. This list should be updated at any time throughout the school year as a student’s medicinal needs may change.
  • If a student requires over-the-counter medications, a parent may send in this medication for personal use. The medication will be held and dispensed by the Health Officer or School Nurse.  
  • All prescription medications must be submitted to the School Nurse in the original pharmacy-prepared containers, labeled by a United States licensed pharmacist. The label must include the student’s name, medication name, dosage, frequency, healthcare provider’s name and date of the original prescription. The medication will be held and dispensed by the School Nurse in accordance with the dosing instructions.
  • Students who require asthma inhalers, diabetic medications, or an Epi-Pen should carry these medications on their person at all times and must have on file in their health record written consent from the parent and physician to carry the medication.
  • Vaccination and Immunization Policy: A schedule of required vaccinations under Vermont state law is available from the school or your pediatrician. Students from new families must be fully vaccinated according to the State of Vermont, unless this 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.

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.

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Long Trail School

Dorset, Vermont

Long Trail School

Dorset, Vermont