Health & Wellbeing
The Hebron Hub contains our general policies, procedures, and school information, many of which were developed for a standard academic year.
To reference Hebron's COVID-19 planning and response policies for the 21-22 school year, please see below.
A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body that may result in improper brain functioning. Students who display signs and symptoms will be removed from participation and assessed by a licensed medical professional.
Following evaluation by the licensed medical professional, decisions will be made whether the athlete is transported to the local hospital for emergency care or assessment by a family health practitioner. Parents will be notified by the Health Center staff about the diagnosis and treatment.
- Concussion Guidelines for All Students
- ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing)
Any student diagnosed with a concussion is expected to follow these guidelines during their concussion recovery process. Students must check with the Health Center before they do anything beyond what this list outlines.
- Rest for 24 hours after injury
- No video games
- No computer, tablet or phone usage
- No texting
- No loud entertainment
- Boarding students must report to the Health Center daily for an assessment and SEAT scores.
- Day students must stay home for at least 24 hours after injury and report to the Health Center for SEAT scores and symptom assessment.
- The student, the Health Center and AGC will determine the ability to attend classes
- A physician will be seen for a full evaluation and diagnosis.
- Reevaluation by a physician is required for clearance and 5-day RTP for sports.
- Students must also get clearance from the AGC that their academics are in order before returning to full activity.
Hebron participates in an innovative program for evaluating and treating mild brain injuries, more commonly known as a concussion. In order to better manage concussions sustained by our student-athletes, Hebron has partnered with the Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) to acquire a software tool called ImPACT (Immediate Post- Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). Hebron is asking your child to take the computerized exam before beginning the sports season.
The test is set up in a video game format and takes about 20 - 25 minutes to complete. The ImPACT test is a preseason physical of the brain. It records information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. The ImPACT test is non-invasive and poses no risk to your child. Taking an ImPACT baseline test may help your child understand that range of cognitive problems that can happen from head injuries, and may also assist in the diagnosis of a concussion should a head injury occur and a follow-up test be taken.
When a concussion is suspected, the athlete is immediately removed from play and evaluated by a certified athletic trainer. School nurses and certified athletic trainers can administer the post-injury test. Although these individuals can administer the test, a licensed healthcare professional must make the return to play decision. The computer can then compare the results of the post-injury test to the original baseline. Hebron Academy strives to keep your child’s health and safety at the forefront of their athletic experience.
The Sturtevant Student Health Center is located on the first floor of Sturtevant Home. It is available for student use from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm Monday through Friday.
The Sturtevant Student Health Center nursing team will
- provide medication management services
- treatment for injuries
- scheduling of routine appointments
- patient health education
- treatment of illness involving non-COVID symptoms
Medical care is provided by the school physician through the group practice, Family Health Care Associates. Health Services utilizes the school physician, as well as specialists, for routine care, consultations, and emergencies. Sports-related injuries are followed by Hebron’s certified athletic trainer in consultation with the treating physician. Medical emergencies are handled in the most expeditious manner to insure student safety.
Parents/guardians are responsible for any medical expenses incurred on behalf of their child.
Hebron Academy utilizes Magnus Health, a web based student medical record system. Magnus Health is a secure and easy to use website for the collection and storage of student health information.
To complete Magnus Health forms you will need to access myHebron
- Sign in with parent username and password
- Resources button at the top of the page next to your child’s name.
- Parent Resources
- Student Health Records
- Medical Records
- Magnus Health Link: Follow the instructions and fill out all the forms on the Student Health Tracker. The annual physical exam form and immunization form will need to be printed and filled out by a physician.
Timely submission of health information is vital. Students whose forms are not received by the end of August may experience a lengthy registration process and/ or non-participation in school activities and athletics.
Hebron Academy requires all students to have health insurance coverage. All international students, excluding Canadians, are required to purchase the student insurance plan, United Healthcare Student Resources.
Domestic and Canadian families will be responsible to medical expenses not covered by their insurance plan. We recommend families determine and confirm adequate coverage under their existing plan prior to arrival.
Students who are sick or injured and are unable to attend class must report to the Health Center for evaluation and treatment. Students are expected to stay in the Health Center to rest and recover during the academic and athletic day. Students who are sick or injured can only be excused from the Health Center for athletic or after school obligations. Day students who become ill during the school day will be sent home or asked to rest in the Health Center until they have arranged transportation.
Physicians from Family Health Associates are available on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings at the Health Center in Sturtevant Home. Any boarding student requiring medical care will be scheduled at this time. The physician may prescribe medications and refer students to specialists when needed.
Hebron Academy works with several dentists and orthodontists in the Lewiston/ Auburn area for emergency care.
The Health Center provides transportation to all scheduled appointments for a fee. A nurse or medical assistant will accompany the student to all off campus appointments and will communicate with parents after the appointment. The fees for Student Health Center Transportation are:
To/ from Norway, South Paris, Poland, Oxford: $18.50
To/ from Lewiston/Auburn: $28.50
To/ from Portland: $82.50
The Atwood COVID Health Center, is located on the first floor of the former Atwood dormitory. It is available for around the clock student care. The Atwood COVID Health Center nursing team will provide assessment, testing, and care for students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. They will also provide nursing support, monitoring, and care of students while they await their testing results in the adjacent isolation dorm rooms in the Atwood dormitory.
All Hebron students must carry current health insurance which will cover doctor’s visits and emergency care. All international students MUST subscribe to the United Health Care Plan, offered through the School; private International Healthcare Plans, such as AIG Travel Guard or Chartis, are not accepted by our physicians and hospitals.
The State of Maine and Hebron Academy have the following immunization requirements. All immunizations must be completed prior to student’s arrival on campus. If no vaccine records are available, please verify immunity by titers.
Four or more doses. One dose must be after the child’s fourth birthday.
Tetanus/Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (TDAP)
One time dose of TDAP after 11 years of age and 5 years since last tetanus- toxoid containing vaccine.
Three doses of OPV/IPV with the last doses after the child’s fourth birthday or 4 doses regardless of age at administration.
First dose on or after 1 year of age; second dose at least 30 days after the first.
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
One dose unless first dose administered after 13 years of age, then two doses required; or documented history of the disease.
One dose required if the first dose is administered after the student’s 16th birthday.
Tuberculin Skin Test
A tuberculin skin test (PPD) obtained within the last month is required annually for students who live in Asia (except Japan), Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Russia, Central and South America including Mexico and the Caribbean.
Other students are not required to have a PPD test unless their physician determines that they are at risk.
To demonstrate proper immunization against disease, a student must present Hebron Academy with one of the following:
- A copy of the original Immunization Certificate
- Documentation of the disease (e.g. varicella) with physician’s signature
- A copy of the School Immunization Record
- A laboratory titer report as proof of immunity
- A valid medical exemption from immunization with signature of parent/ guardian
Please note that Hebron Academy will no longer accept religious or philosophical exemptions beginning in the year 2021 in accordance with the Maine state immunization law.
- Provide all health information including severe allergies and ongoing medical and/or psychological conditions.
- Submit all requested health forms including any special circumstances. Students whose forms are not received by the end of August risk experiencing a lengthy registration process and/or non-participation in athletic and school activities.
- Providing full information about an illness or concern.
- Following recommendations made by the school nurse or physician.
- Communicating with the school nurse if their condition worsens or does not follow expected course. If the Health Center is closed please notify the dorm staff on duty of your illness.
- Notifying the Health Center if they are unable to keep an appointment.
- Arriving at the Health Center before 8:00 a.m. if ill. Students are not permitted to stay in their dorm during class time when ill.
- Coming to the Health Center to receive prescribed morning medications prior to 8:30 a.m. or during free time. Students will not receive a tardy excuse for class by coming late for medications.
- Providing a caring confidential environment for students to receive health advice, treatment, and accurate information regarding illnesses and well-being.
- Informing parents of physician visits and any significant health issue. This will be done by phone call in emergencies and by email in non-emergencies. Please note that calls are not routinely made regarding common illness or minor injuries.
- Forwarding insurance information to health care providers and pharmacies when needed.
- Hebron Academy reserves the right to require any student to submit to a substance test directed through the Administrator on Duty and Health Center staff. The student’s family will be notified and charged for this test.
Students with questions or concerns about any health issue, including adolescent growth and development and human sexuality, may seek consultation and advice from the Health Services team, at the Sturtevant Health Center, at any time. All discussions with nursing staff and school counselors are confidential, except where there is a concern about a student’s immediate safety.
It is important that Hebron students be able to function effectively and participate fully in the program of the School. Occasionally illness or injury requires that a student take time out from School obligations. There may be times during the academic year when a student’s health must take precedence over school responsibilities. When a physical or emotional illness appears to either render a student incapable of meeting commitments (i.e., academic classes, extracurricular activities, athletics, and dorm life) or impacts directly and detrimentally on others within the community, the School must intervene and place the student on a Health Leave of Absence in order to ensure that the student receives specialized help.
To clarify, a health leave is a caring response by the School and is an attempt to help a student get well in order to return to full participation in our program. It is not intended as a punishment. Illnesses which may warrant a health leave can include attempted or threatened suicide, severe depression or mood disregulation, self-injurious behaviors, alcohol or drug addiction, eating disorders, emergency medical care, surgery or other serious illness, or any situation requiring extended medical care or more acute medical care than is available through our Health Services. Students who engage in any kind of physically or emotionally self-destructive behavior, including suicidal gestures or attempts, or other self-harming behaviors, require in-depth psychological or psychiatric treatment. Each situation will be individually assessed based on a particular student’s condition and situation, but based on whether Hebron Academy can provide necessary services and treatment to a student such that students in such circumstances may need to be separated from the School community in order to receive adequate treatment, and in some cases the separation will be permanent. Self-destructive behavior is defined as including, but is not limited to, suicide attempts, direct written or oral threats, and/or self-inflicted physical harm (e.g., intentional cuts, ingestion of toxic substances, burns, etc.).
- Health Leave of Absence Procedure
- While on Health Leave
- Re-Entry Procedure
- Return to School and Participation in Activities
- Extended Health Leave
- Health Leave Policy and Academic Credit
- All health leaves of a physical nature are coordinated by the Director of Health Services.
- All health leaves of a psychological nature are coordinated by the Director of Mental Health and Wellness.
- A health leave is typically granted for up to two weeks.
- The recommendation to place a student on health leave is made by the Student Support Team, who will consult with the Head of School in order to formally accept the health leave of absence.
- Failure of the student to meet with the appropriate personnel before leaving School may result in the student’s required withdrawal.
- Failure of the parents or guardians to respond in a timely fashion to the School’s requirement of a health leave may result in referral of the student to a medical or psychological facility that is equipped to handle the specific needs of the student at that time.
- In all cases, the safety of the student and the community will guide the decisions of School personnel.
- During a student’s absence, the student/family is required to arrange for a medical and/or psychological evaluation in order to assess the student’s condition and readiness to return to Hebron. The Director of Health Services and/or the Director of Mental Health and Wellness will provide guidance and direction to families regarding details of medical and/or psychological evaluation.
- Specific requirements for the assessment(s) will be provided by Director of Health Services and/or the Director of Mental Health and Wellness, in collaboration with the Student Support Team, to the parents at the time of the health leave.
- Families should expect to sign release of information forms with off-campus practitioners in order to facilitate communication between treatment providers and the School.
- While on health leave, students are still members of the Hebron community. If a student wishes to come to campus or participate in a school event while on health leave, they must contact the Dean of Student Life to seek permission for their return. This request will be reviewed by the Student Support Team to determine the impact for both the individual student and the larger school community. If granted, students on health leave must be accompanied by an adult.
- The results of any medical or psychological evaluations will be presented to either the Director of Health Services or the Director of Mental Health and Wellness, as appropriate, as well as the Student Support Team, which will make a recommendation to the Head of School about whether the student should return to School, and under what conditions.
- In addition, the student and parents may also be asked to meet with either the Director of Health Services (for physical health leaves) or the Director of Mental Health and Wellness (for psychological health leaves) for reevaluation before a determination is made about the student’s return to School.
- The Head of School and/or Dean of Student Life will communicate the outcome of the decision to the student and family.
- Upon receiving permission to return to the School, the student and family is required to meet with the Head of School and/or other relevant School personnel to review the conditions and expectations moving forward.
- School personnel including the Director of Mental Health and Wellness, the Director of Health Services, and school Athletic Trainer have the responsibility to make decisions regarding return to School or to activities; such determinations regardless of a student’s age are made using professional judgment and practice guidelines, based on the student’s present symptoms.
- School personnel may require consultation with or a written report from the treating physician or mental health facility or practitioner for the current condition and/or may consult the school physician or school consulting psychiatrist.
A student who requires a health leave of more than two weeks, or who requires more than one two-week health leave in an academic year, will in all likelihood be asked to return home for the duration of the academic year. The student may be asked to seek support and treatment at home, and to sign release forms that allow the Director of Health Services and/or the Director of Mental Health and Wellness to share information with off-campus practitioners as treatment is undertaken.
A student wishing to return to School after an extended health leave (one that is longer than two weeks) or after the second two-week health leave in a year will be required to make a formal request to the Dean of Student Life. The Student Support Team, in conjunction with either the Director of Health Services or Director of Mental Health and Wellness, as appropriate, will review the details of the case and make a recommendation to the Head of School about whether the student should return to School, and under what conditions. If the Head of School determines a student’s physical and/or emotional state is such that the student may pose a danger to him/herself or to others, or the School feels incapable of supporting the student’s particular medical and/ or psychological needs, the student may be required to withdraw for health reasons.
If the Head of School determines that the student may return to the School, the student and family will be required to meet with the Head of School and other relevant School personnel to determine the best way to support the student moving forward. Given the unique nature of returns to School after extended (longer than two weeks) or multiple health leaves of absence, the student and family should assume that academic accommodations including, but not limited to, repeating a course or repeating a grade could be required in order for the student to return to Hebron. The student may be required to withdraw based on health reasons if he/she does not consent to the School’s specific conditions of return after an extended leave of absence or multiple leaves of absence. A student returning to Hebron after an extended health leave needs to comply with the re-entry procedures before returning to campus.
During a health leave of absence, students and families must make arrangements for the completion of required course work with the Dean of Academics and the advisor, who will coordinate with the teachers. In those rare cases when a student is granted a leave longer than two weeks and thus will miss many major assessments, families will need to identify a responsible third party to administer tests and exams. Students are eligible for academic credit and Hebron grades when they have completed all the required assignments in each class. Students with Incompletes will not be allowed to matriculate to the next grade, so it is in the best interest of the student to complete academic work as quickly as reasonably possible after a health leave.
When a student requires a leave that exceeds two weeks, the Student Support Team will convene to determine whether it is appropriate for the student to remain enrolled in the School, and they will make a recommendation to the Head of School. The Head of School and/or Dean of Student Life will communicate the outcome of the decision to the student and family. Should the student be invited to return to School, he/she will be required to work with the Dean of Academics to determine the specific details and conditions of academic work that must be satisfied in order for the student to receive credit for the work that was missed during the extended health leave. A student’s failure to complete the agreed upon academic work will likely negatively impact academic credit and grades, and may lead to a request that the student withdraw from School.
Before the School can accept responsibility for any student, all required health forms and permissions must have been received by Health Services. Such heath forms and permissions must be updated yearly prior to a student’s arrival on campus.
The major components of the Student Health Record include:
- the Vital Health Record Form,
- An updated and complete immunization record,
- a current physical exam, signed and dates by the student’s health care provider
- a copy of the student’s insurance and prescription cards
- In addition, if a student is taking any medications, a Medication Order Form for each medication, including prescription medication, vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medication, must be completed by the prescribing physician.
The Health Record Form must be completed and signed by the student’s parent or guardian, and returned to Hebron Academy Health Services as soon as possible. The immunization record must meet the requirements of the State of Maine. A complete record includes month and year of immunization. The physical exam is considered current when completed within one year of the start of any School activity, i.e., early arrivals, early sports participants, registration. Valid insurance and prescription cards include copies of both sides of the cards, delivered to Health Services. Insurance must be through a U.S.-based company. Application and payment for any school insurance may be made to the Business Office.
A parent or guardian must report an absence to Health Services before 8:00 a.m. If a student is absent for multiple days, a call must be made daily.
- The student must check in to the Sturtevant Student Health Center upon return to School.
- Prior to return to school following COVID related absence, a student must be cleared for return to campus by the Director of Health Services.
- Following an extended absence of five or more days, the student must provide Health Services with a statement from the treating physician stating a diagnosis and a plan for return to full activity at School.
- After 12 days or partial days missed because of illness in the year, the School also may require written documentation from a physician for each subsequent absence.
The following policy protects the students and the general community from the possible impact of an infectious disease epidemic. The School follows recommendations of the Maine CDC and the US Centers for Disease Control and may require that students exhibiting symptoms of infectious disease be asked to leave campus and isolate per CDC guidelines until cleared by the Maine CDC and the School’s consulting physician, or that students or visitors coming from areas seriously affected by an epidemic spend a minimum number of days outside those areas before coming to campus. Areas affected by an infectious disease epidemic are detailed by either a notice or an alert from the Centers for Disease Control. Such notices can be found at www.cdc.org.
Any health-related appointment scheduled by a parent must be cleared through Health Services at least 24 hours prior to the appointment. Health Services must approve any appointment made during the academic day. Health Services must be notified at least 48 hours in advance if transportation is needed. The cost of this transportation will be charged to the student’s business office account. Students must check out from Health Services when leaving campus and check in to Health Services upon return to campus on appointment days.
The Health Center Staff must be notified of all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications for all boarding and day students and all such medications must be checked in at the health center. A Medication Order Form, signed by the prescribing physician, must accompany all prescription medications. This is both a health and safety issue. Authorized prescribers are limited to licensed physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants.
Students may not possess, deliver, or self-administer prescription medication unless authorized by a school nurse. Prescription or OTC medication, including cold medication and nutritional supplements, may not be mailed to students. If medication is mailed, please mail to Health Center:
Student Health Center
339 Paris Road Hebron ME 04238
Students will be allowed to keep the following prescription medications in their dorm rooms after consulting with Health Services: Epi-Pens, inhalers, asthma medications, birth control pills, and acne treatments.
As for CBD (cannabidiol), the clinical indications, benefits and side effects of CBD oil and products are still largely unknown and the potential for abuse among children and young adults is of concern. Accordingly, we only permit their use by Hebron students with a prescription and physician order, and they must be kept in the health center and administered there.
We expect students to be compliant with taking prescribed medications as per their prescriber’s instructions. It is the responsibility of the student to come to Health Services for the administration of medication according to these instructions. Any parent with concerns about their child’s ability to comply with medication usage, within the boundaries of this policy, should contact Health Services directly. If a dose is missed, Health Services staff may send the student an email or text message reminder. In cases of repeated missed doses, Health Services will notify the student’s parent/guardian, as well as the Dean of Student Life and the School Counselor.
Students are responsible to take their prescribed medication only as directed and are never permitted to share medication with another student.
When the Health Center is closed or when a student is off-campus for a school activity, medication will be administered by the dorm faculty, teacher or coach responsible for their care, under the direction of the nursing staff. All faculty undergo annual medication administration training.
All prescribed medications are filled by the school pharmacy and should only be mailed to the School Health Center when absolutely necessary and with permission of Health Services nursing staff. In such authorized cases, prescribed medications should be mailed directly to the Health Center at the following address (NOT to the student):
Student Health Center
339 Paris Road Hebron ME 04238
Parents must make arrangements to keep a supply of their child’s prescription medications at home for the vacation breaks. If a parent chooses, they may pick-up the entire supply of medications to take home over vacation. Parents are responsible for re-supplying Health Services with the needed medications following the break. Medications not checked-in with Health Services will be considered contraband and will result in disciplinary consequences.
In order to maintain a safe environment for those with nut allergies, all foods that are made by the dining hall staff are without nuts, nut oils, or other nut products, with the exception of coconut, which is used by our dining services team. Signage will be provided by our food service for daily menu items indicating the presence of the major allergens other than nuts—fish, eggs, dairy, gluten and soy. We also ask for parents’ help when bringing food for special events that they do not contain peanuts or other nut products and that they list all ingredients or that they provide the packaging labels with ingredients listed. All food allergy information must be indicated on our required health forms submitted by parents.
Food allergy information will be shared with advisors, house heads, and with our food service. Students are also expected to be their own advocates for food safety. They are responsible for seeking out resources in the dining hall, asking appropriate questions and, when in doubt, avoiding questionable food items.
- Privacy of Health Information
- Policy Statement on Confidentiality - Student Pregnancy and Sexual Health
Health Services, the School Counselors, and the Athletic Trainer maintain student personal health information. Consistent with the operations of a residential community, this information is shared on a need-to-know basis with Hebron’s faculty and outside medical service providers. While Hebron Academy is not a covered entity under HIPAA, every effort is made to maintain the privacy of student health information. Questions or concerns about this issue can be addressed to the Director of Mental Health and Wellness or to the Director of Health Services.
Maine State Law establishes a confidential relationship between a person and their health care provider, certain counselors and ordained clergy in the area of communications concerning pregnancy, birth control and sexually transmitted diseases. Even if the individual is a minor, the health care provider is prohibited by law from obtaining parental consent for treatment or disclosure of information without permission of the patient.
The health care providers, board-certified counselors and social workers and ordained clergy who are members of the Hebron Academy staff and employees of Hebron Academy will honor the law that minors receive safe and effective care within the limits of confidentiality imposed by the statute. Hebron Academy recognizes that these issues have potentially life-long effects and feel that mature assistance, preferably from the family, should be provided for young persons faced with making decisions in these areas.
If a student requests assistance from the Health Center or counseling department, they will be given a copy of this policy and it will be reviewed with them. They will be strongly encouraged to make contact with their family. If the student elects to exercise their right to confidentiality, the qualified professionals are required to honor the student’s wishes without notifications of any other person, other than as may be required by law in the case of a report of communicable disease.
No Hebron Academy employees other than a physician, nurse, psychiatrist/psychologist, certified guidance counselor or certified social worker are bound by the confidentiality requirements in the law. Any other employees of Hebron Academy are not acting as agents of the Academy if they become involved in these issues and accept full liability for their actions.
Hebron Academy recognizes that student pregnancy is a medical and counseling issue. In the event of a student pregnancy, the Academy will treat each case individually, the student’s welfare being the paramount concern.
In accordance with Maine State Law, the above-stated qualified professionals at Hebron Academy who are employees of Hebron Academy may not notify the parents or legal guardians in the event of
a student pregnancy without the student’s consent. If a student suspects that they may be pregnant, they will be encouraged to come to the Health Center and inform one of the nurses or speak with the counselors.
This policy, including confidentiality, will be reviewed with them. An appointment will be made for them with a local office of the Family Planning Association of Maine. It is with this agency that the student will receive testing and appropriate professional counseling. Throughout this entire process, Hebron Academy will continue to encourage the student to inform their parents regarding this matter.
At no time will the Academy become involved financially nor will the Academy attempt to unduly influence the decision-making process of the student. The qualified professionals who serve on Hebron Academy’s staff will, however, support the Family Planning Association in their endeavors to provide a safe, caring, and educational network for the student. If the student decides to terminate the pregnancy and there are medical complications, the Academy will follow the usual procedures for medical emergencies regarding informing parents.
If the student decides to carry the baby to term and their condition becomes known to Hebron Academy employees not covered by the confidentiality requirement, notification will be given to the parent or guardian of that student. The school will be supportive of the student in their educational program but will not provide child care. If the father is a Hebron student, they may likewise utilize the full range of counseling alternatives available to them from the qualified professional members of the school staff.
The qualified professional members of Hebron’s staff will preserve all confidences of those students seeking their advice within the requirements of the law. Pregnancy counseling will be made available to the student during all phases of their decision to maintain or terminate a pregnancy. Maine Law preserves their right to confidentiality and provides for certification of abortion counseling in lieu of parental consent to obtain an abortion.
It shall be the policy of this school that no qualified professional on its staff will supply a certification of abortion counseling to any student for the purpose of facilitating the compliance with the Maine statute permitting abortion without parental consent, as it is the stated policy preference of Hebron Academy that the student is encouraged to involve a parent or adult family member in the decision-making process. If the student wishes to preserve confidentiality, they shall be referred to an outside agency for the purpose of obtaining the required counseling and certification.
The cornerstone of the relationship between Hebron Academy and its students are making qualified professionals available to the students to assist them with the health, emotional and spiritual issues that may face them during their enrollment. The students’ right to confidentiality in their communications with these professionals is one of the keys to encouraging them to utilize these services.
A summary of the Parental Consent Law of Maine is available in the Student Health Center.
Hebron’s position is that the use of alcohol, tobacco/nicotine products, including e-cigarettes or vapes, or other illicit drugs (hereafter referred to as “substance use”) is detrimental to the health and well-being of the individual and incompatible with the purposes and objectives of the school.
We believe this for many reasons. The first is that substances are detrimental to the developing adolescent mind and place a buffer between adolescents and the very feelings of uncertainty, boredom and self-doubt which they need to learn to deal with in healthy ways. Secondly, the process of addiction takes place more rapidly among younger people. Finally, in the state of Maine, it is illegal for people under 21 to use alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs, such as marijuana.
The specific rules are set out elsewhere in this bulletin. These rules pertain to student behavior when on campus, while traveling to or from school, and in association with any school-sponsored activity.
The school hopes that parents and students will read and discuss these and all the other rules before signing the Statement of Expectations. Hebron hopes that parents will support our stand on substance use and will think carefully about their own attitudes toward alcohol and drug use by their children.
- Hebron reserves the right to require any student to submit to a substance test, directed by the Health Center staff through the Administrator on Duty (AOD), at any time throughout the school year. The student’s family will be notified.
- It is possible that a substance use violation will result in dismissal.