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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I get sick in the middle of the night?

Our Health Center is open:

  • Weekdays from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
  • Sundays from 10 – 11 a.m.

When the health center is closed, a school nurse is on call for situations that require medical attention. Please call the Health Center at 860-404-4234 for assistance. If the situation is urgent, call 911. 

Where do I keep prescription medication?

All controlled medications and some prescription medications (prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder & Mood disorders) must be stored in and dispensed from our Health Center. Possession of any of these medications or certain cold and flu medications is a violation of our medication policy and will lead to disciplinary action.

View Which Medications Are Allowed in Dorms

How do I fill a prescription for my son?

All scripts should be filled through Arrow Pharmacy in Farmington, CT. This pharmacy delivers medications directly to the Health Center. Medications will not be sent home for breaks; please keep enough medication at home for you to use when your son is at home. You must fill out the Prescription Medication Authorization Form in Magnus if your son will have medication dispensed through the Health Center.

Prescriptions should be filled by Arrow Pharmacy mid August in order for your son’s medication to be delivered and ready for administration when he arrives on campus.

Arrow Pharmacy Contact Information:

  • Phone: 860-679-5262

Does the school offer any counseling services?

We partner with Dr. Dan Martin, Ph.D., a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist. He provides brief psychotherapy and other interventions directly to students utilizing motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral strategies. In addition to having expertise in general psychological practice, Dr. Martin specializes in substance use assessment and treatment. Dr. Martin’s services are included in a student’s tuition and fees.

The School also has a relationship with a local psychiatrist, who provides medication consultation and management on campus as needed. The cost of these services is the responsibility of the student's family.

Dr. Dan works to respond to and support students' ongoing individual development. He assists adolescents in working through normative developmental hurdles, fostering adaptive solutions, and developing a strong sense of self. In addition, he works very closely with parents. 

About Dr. Dan Martin

Dr. Dan received his Ph.D. from Ohio University and completed both a pre-doctoral fellowship and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine focusing on psychotherapy and assessment. Upon completion, he received a faculty appointment at Yale where he conducted studies that investigated pharmacological and psychological treatments for substance use disorders at their Substance Abuse Treatment Unit. In 2000 he published a widely-cited journal article that provides a meta-analysis of the literature on the importance of client/therapist relationship. Dr. Dan operated a successful private practice in New Haven and is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He previously worked with students at the Westminster School and will be starting his fourth year at AOF.

Is a PPD test required?

ALL international students, and any high-risk students MUST have a current (within the last two months) PPD skin test (for Tuberculosis) prior to coming to campus. Students, especially ones from high-risk countries, will not be allowed on campus at all if they have not fulfilled this requirement. For students from high-risk countries, many of them will require an additional blood test because their PPD will be positive due to prior exposure. A PPD skin test or a QuantiFERON Gold blood test will satisfy this requirement. A chest x-ray will not satisfy this requirement.

How recently should our son have his physical?

We require a CURRENT physical exam for all students. If a physical exam has not been done within one year of the start of school, students may be withheld from sports. Exams must be done and submitted yearly.

How should medical forms be submitted to Avon Old Farms?

All forms MUST be uploaded through the Magnus Health Portal by the parents and/or guardian. Hard copies can not be sent to the Health Center for uploading. The Magnus Help Desk number for parents to call is: 877-461-6831.

Does my son need health insurance?

All students are required to submit proof of adequate health insurance coverage in the state of Connecticut. International students must sign up for health insurance by going to the Clifford Allen Associates website: here. Please submit a copy of the student’s health insurance card (front and back) through the Magnus Health Portal.

What vaccines does the school require to attend?

AOF follows the CT State vaccine requirements and, in addition, also requires the Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra or Menveo) and the COVID-19 vaccine. Students are required to have submitted documentation of all vaccines prior to coming to campus. A complete list of required vaccines can be found on the Magnus Health Portal in the immunization requirement section. Students can obtain vaccines from their pediatrician's office or local health clinic. Make sure to call ahead to any clinic in order to confirm that they offer the vaccine(s) that your son needs.

At this time, COVID-19 booster vaccines are not required. However, this is subject to change at any time based on federal, state and/or local guidance.

What protocols are in place for concussions?

The ImPACT test will no longer be utilized at Avon Old Farms School. This change has come on the guidance and recommendation of Dr. Alessi-LaRosa, Sports Neurologist and our school’s preferred concussion specialist. The school works closely with Dr. Alessi-LaRosa to help diagnose and treat students with concussions.

You can view the school’s complete Concussion Policy and Procedures here:

CONCUSSION CARE

What sort of sex education will my child receive at Avon Old Farms?

Sex education is part of the curriculum at Avon Old Farms: students are taught by professionals as part of a developmentally appropriate curriculum for each grade.