At OVS, we support the physical, social and emotional health and wellness of our students. Academic, peer, family, and social pressures are prevalent all around our students and it is imperative, now more than ever, that we help address these pressures with our students. The primary method of support for students is the school’s Health Center. Depending on the issue, the school nurses will handle it directly or refer the student to outside resources, doctors, or counselors, to address the student’s needs. Independent of the treatment of students, health professionals provide professional development training sessions for faculty/staff regarding social and emotional issues.
The Student Health Center maintains a team of highly qualified and compassionate nurses who care for students on both campuses. During off hours, the nurse on duty can be reached by cell phone for emergencies only. If a resident is ill and needs to be isolated, because of communicability or safety, the nurse on duty will remain overnight in the Health Center.
Ojai Valley Community Hospital is located three blocks from the Lower Campus. A physician is on duty in the Emergency Room 24 hours a day. The hospital can be reached at (805) 646-1401 and the fax number is (805) 640-2239. Drs. Gross, Dial and Halverson are local physicians who attend to the needs of the OVS students. These physicians provide the school with standing orders for emergency procedures, including first aid and treatment of illnesses. The Ojai Valley Family Medicine Group can be reached at (805) 646-7246 and the fax number is (805) 646-5536.
Student Health Screening
All new and returning students must have a current physical exam on file prior to the start of school; therefore, any physical limitations, allergies, treatment, medication or medical conditions should be clearly defined by the medical staff that performed the examination. The Health Center will generate and distribute a Confidential List containing those students with medical concerns to appropriate staff.
Health Record Requirements
Active student health histories, record of health examinations, medical releases, immunization records or waivers, and health insurance and credit card information are kept on file in the Health Center. There is a logbook of all daily Health Center visits related to injury, illness and medication administration to both students and staff. Medical Releases are sent out on all trips off-campus.
The Health Center collects all student medication, including vitamins and herbal remedies, with the exception of asthma rescue inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors, which can be kept with students if parents/guardians and nurses approve. On Lower Campus, these medications are stored in the Health Center and administered by the Health Center staff or dorm parents. At Upper Campus, it is the dorm parents’ responsibility to store and administer medications to their assigned students. The Health Center facilitates medication prescriptions and refills. All medication must be labeled in English with the student’s name, the dose, frequency, expiration date, and name of prescribing physician. All changes in medication administration must be submitted to the Health Center in writing by the prescribing physician.
Throughout the year, various opportunities to explore mindful behaviors are presented to students. For example, students are offered meditation, yoga, test taking strategies, breathing exercises, and coaching on stress management and self-care. OVS will continue to work to help improve the student experience and to minimize and mitigate social/emotional issues