Health Services at Pathways
Pathways has a full time nurse present in the building during regular school hours.
The nurse will see students for an assessment of illness or injuries. Parents will be called if the nurse determines that the student needs to be at home, referred to a doctor, or if an emergency health related issue occurs at school.
Students are required by Connecticut State Law and Hartford Public Schools Policy to have a 10th grade physical examination done by January 1st of the child's 9th grade year and must be received prior to the end of 10th grade. If students do not have a doctor, they may be able to receive a physical examination, immunizations including flu vaccination, and sports physicals at one of Hartford’s School Based Clinics. Parents will need to call one of the School Based Clinics to schedule an appointment and complete clinic registration papers before the student will be seen.
Students participating in the high school sports programs will need to have a physical examination every 12 months before they may participate in the sports program.
Physical examination forms, also known as ”Blue Forms”, are available on our website or from the school nurse. Parents will need to complete the parent information page of the form before their child’s appointment with the doctor. Original physical examination forms must be given to the nurse.
Medications may be administered to students during the school day with the written order of the student’s doctor and written consent by the parent/guardian. Students may carry asthma inhaler medication, or, Epipen autoinjector medication for severe allergy symptoms. The child’s doctor and parent must complete a medication authorization form for these medications. The doctor and parent must sign the form and indicate that the student may carry and self-administer the medication. This is especially important for students who ride the bus to school, participate in after school programs, sports programs, or attend field trips. Forms must be given to the nurse at the start of each school year and are valid for one school year. The nurse cannot take verbal requests to administer medication without written orders from the doctor and parent.
Physical Education is a requirement for all students in high school. If a student has a medical reason why they may not participate, a doctor’s note is required with a diagnosis and length of excuse from physical education. The nurse does not excuse students from physical education.
Please feel free to contact our school nurse for any questions or concerns about your child’s health.
Please visit the Health Services at HPS website as it has the State of Connecticut Health Assessment Forms and other great information.