Health FAQs

How does my child schedule an appointment with the school physician?

The school physician is on campus weekly for in-clinic visits for our boarding students and any day students who require concussion clearance to return to athletic play. The nursing staff will determine if a student requires further assessment from our physician and an appointment will be scheduled.  The school physician treats students on a fee-for-service basis and they will bill to the students’ health insurance.  If your insurance is part of an HMO or another group that requires referrals, you will be required to obtain an insurance referral from your child’s primary care physician.  If your child should need medical attention outside of the in-clinic hours here on campus, the Health Center will arrange to have your child transported to the Children’s Hospital Boston offices to see our physician in their office.

What if my child takes a prescription medication while at school?

Boarding students taking prescription medication must bring their prescriptions to the Health Center for review by the medical staff. We ask that students only keep a limited amount of over-the-counter medications in their rooms.  We prefer students to obtain over-the-counter medications (i.e., Tylenol or Ibuprofen) from the Health Center.  Boarding students taking psychotropic medications must be prescribed by the School’s consulting psychiatrist (on a fee-for-service basis), and they must meet regularly with a counselor from the Health Center.

What is the medication policy?

Prescription Medication
Boarding students taking prescription medication must bring their prescriptions to the Health & Counseling Center for review by the medical staff. We ask that students only keep a limited amount of over-the-counter medications in their rooms.  We prefer students to obtain over the counter medications (i.e., Tylenol or Ibuprofen) from the Health & Counseling Center.

Psychotropic Medication (mind-altering, stimulants and anti-depressants, anti-anxiety)
All boarding students taking psychotropic medications must be prescribed by the School’s consulting psychiatrist (at the parents’ expense) and dispensed through the Health & Counseling Center daily.  Boarding students taking psychotropic medication must also meet regularly with a counselor in the Health & Counseling Center. All psychotropic medications must be stored in the Health & Counseling Center.  Students are never allowed to keep any psychotropic medications in their dorm.  If a student is going to be off campus and the Health & Counseling Center has been properly notified by a staff member from the dorm, the medical staff will provide the student with packaged doses.  If a student is already taking a psychotropic medication upon arrival at Milton, our school psychiatrist will then become the students’ prescriber of these medications.

International students may not keep unlabeled packets of medication in their rooms.  If parents do send pre-packaged medication, they must be properly labeled in English so that the medical staff can easily identify the contents.

What if my child is ill when the Health Center is closed?

We have a nurse on call available during all the hours the Health Center is not staffed.  If a student needs care during this time, they should seek out assistance from the house staff on duty, who will contact the on-call nurse.

How does a day student get dismissed home sick during the school day?

If a day student falls ill during the school day, they should attempt to come to the health center to be evaluated by the nurse and the nurse will release the student to the parent.  In the case that the student has his/her personal vehicle on campus, the nurse will need to speak directly to the student’s parent before releasing the student from the Health Center.

What if my child requires a prescription medication for an illness?

The Health Center will take care of filling prescription medications subscribed by our school physician for all boarding students.  The student’s IA account will be charged for the co-pay.  In order for the Pharmacy to fill these prescriptions we must provide them with the pharmacy codes from your insurance card.  It is imperative that you provide the Health Center with your Rx Bin #, your PCN number and your RxGroup #.  If the Health Center is not provided with accurate information the pharmacy will charge full price for the medication and subsequently charged to your child’s IA account.

What is the policy on my child returning the athletic play after sustaining a concussion?

All boarding students who sustain a concussion will be seen by the school physician for clearance.  All in-season day students who sustain a concussion will also be required to be seen by the school physician for clearance.  If your health insurance requires a referral to see a physician, other than the students’ primary care, it is the responsibility of the parent to obtain a referral from the students’ primary care physician for this appointment.