At Westtown, we encourage students to actively engage in tending to their physical, mental, social-emotional, intellectual, and spiritual care. The Integrated Wellness and Learning staff at the Wellness Center and the Learning Center work closely together to ensure that students develop self awareness regarding their health needs holistically and that they also have the support, tools, and resources to nurture their physical, mental, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual selves. When one of these dimensions is not attended to, the other dimensions are negatively impacted. For this reason, our medical, counseling, and learning support staff collaborate every day with one another and other Upper School staff members to support your child’s health and wellness in a holistic manner.
Westtown’s Integrated Wellness and Learning department includes staff from both the Wellness Center and the Learning Center. Students from all three Westtown divisions are served by the Wellness and Learning Center. There are satellite offices for medical, counseling, and learning support staff in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.
The Wellness Center
The Wellness Center is dedicated to meeting the physical and social-emotional needs of students. The Wellness Center is staffed by a pediatric nurse practitioner under the supervision of a collaborating physician as well as nurses with RN and LPN licensure. Additionally, the Wellness Center has full-time clinical psychologists, school counselors, and doctoral-level psychology externs to serve the mental health needs of your child.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center supports neurodiverse learners across the three divisions. There are learning specialists available in all three divisions under the supervision of a psychologist.
Pennsylvania State law requires appropriate management of medication in the school setting.
Boarding Students: Both prescription and certain non-prescription medications are dispensed by an RN from the Health Center daily. Morning and evening timeframes, inclusive of weekends are in place for US boarding students.
The Westtown Wellness Center maintains a long standing relationship with a local pharmacy. Most all of our students ‘ prescriptions and requests for over-the -counter medications are filled here and delivered the same day to our office.
Westtown School takes the health and safety of your child seriously. With increased awareness of concussions and guided by evidence based best practice, we have protocols in place both preventive and in response to a suspected concussion.
We also have a Concussion Management Team with representation from LRC, athletics and the health center in place to discuss specific concussed students and their needs ‘as well as awareness of new research and protocols so we may best care for our students. Other personnel may be brought in as consultants .
Concussion awareness and CDC guidelines are reviewed annually with our coaching staff.
Westtown School requires every student to have valid PA health insurance coverage during the school year.
Boarding Students only: All international students not covered with valid health insurance may be enrolled in the school’s student health insurance plan UnitedHealthcare at your discretion.
This plan is specially designed for students in Pennsylvania private boarding schools, and ensures your child will receive prompt and effective medical care in the case of illness, accident or medication needs during the school year. Any costs incurred as part of your insurance coverage for medical care are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Parents may be assured that the medical information provided to us is confidential and will remain within the health service. It is extremely important that up-to-date comprehensive health information pertaining to your child’s physical and emotional health be provided in detail. Health information will only be shared on a need-to-know basis, as there are times when the safety, health, and welfare of a child and/or the community necessitate this type of communication.
The Wellness Center works closely with our transportation department and will assist with transportation arrangements to off-site appointments. A minor fee is associated with this transportation. Options and cost will be discussed at the time of scheduling through the health center Office manager.
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches students and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies. Learn more.