The Support Services department at Friends incorporates health and physical wellbeing through intentional teamwork to tailor the care of students from a whole-child perspective. Health Services provide careful attention to children’s medical needs, from prevention and safety to intervention and emergency treatment.
Friends Seminary employs one Registered Nurse and one Athletic Trainer to provide health services at School. The Nurse provides comprehensive daily health care for all students, collects health forms, maintains a student health database, and ensures compliance with state health care laws and audits. The Trainer provides on-site recognition, evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries, advising referrals to physicians as necessary. She runs a rehabilitation program for injured athletes and determines their readiness to return to sports. Both the Nurse and Trainer communicate with faculty, family, and treating physicians to maintain healthy school-wide practices, and they are certified by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.
Health Services at Friends accommodates children with special physical needs by providing appropriate facilities and staff training. For immobile students, Friends arranges scheduling and class locations for full accessibility, also providing specific staff training and equipment for evacuating immobile students in emergencies.
Health and Wellness (H&W) courses are taught in each division focused on five recurring themes: Human Sexuality, Physical Health, Mental Health, Healthy Relationships and Identity. The program also fosters increased connection with related school programs, including advisory, global education, and service learning. Students learn about themselves and others and are prepared at a developmentally appropriate level with accurate information and tools for making healthy decisions and leading healthy lives. Topics addressed include puberty, identity, relationships, conflict resolution, communication, emotions, growth and development, self-care and hygiene, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, healthy relationships, internet safety, feelings, and anger management, beauty ideals, self-esteem, media literacy, cultural identity and gender roles, mental health, street smarts, substance abuse and addiction, sexual orientation, chronic diseases, physical fitness, safety, consent and boundaries, romantic/sexual relationships, stress management, brain-based research, and healthy living.