The medical department consists of several licensed professionals who care for all students. The Medical Director is a practicing local pediatrician. Together with his nurse practitioners they are responsible for the student’s overall medical care. This includes annual and periodic examinations as well as assessment of symptoms and specialist referral when necessary. The psychiatrist examines all students on a regular basis. They receive feedback from the interdepartmental team and assess the need for medications or changes as well as consult with other members of the health care team. Nurses are available throughout the daytime hours and oncall during the night. The nursing staff oversees the general health of all students, dispenses medication, and provides treatment during illness or accident. They also guide students in understanding their individual health and well being. In addition, there is a nutritionist on staff who consults with the agency to provide assessment and assistance as needed. This includes specialized individual guidance as well as menu planning for well-balanced daily intake. The medical department works collaboratively to ensure the general welfare of each student.
If you receive medications while at Housatonic Academy, a nurse or trained and certified staff member, following all applicable laws, regulations and guidelines established for the administration of medications by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Education, must administer them. Any medications you need must be given to the nursing department upon arrival at school. All medications must be in the original container and be clearly and appropriately labeled by a licensed pharmacy. Students should never be in possession of their medication. All medication must be passed from one adult to another.