Student Life

Health Services

The healthcare staff at KES are very well trained and have many years of combined experience.

This allows us to anticipate many of the year's activities and have a sound understanding of the needs of the students. We work 7:30 am-7:30 pm five days a week with 24-hour call, and our office is located in Richardson Hall, which also includes two four-bed infirmaries.
If students are ill, they are expected to come see us and we will decide if it is necessary for them to be admitted. For students who spend the night in the Infirmary, the houseparent in Richardson Hall will be available and will contact us should the need arise. When appropriate, we will dispense over-the-counter preparations such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, cold/allergy preparations, antacids, antidiarrheal and anti-nausea medications. We do not dispense any over-the-counter sleep preparations or similar sleep medications. A record is kept of all medications given to students. This allows us to monitor use. Any medication, prescriptions, or medical supplies dispensed to a student will be billed on his/her monthly bill. If your child takes medication on a daily basis, it is imperative that you inform us upon arrival at the School. For the safety of the student population, it is expected that most medications will be kept in our office. Students are not permitted to keep any medication in their room unless approved by the nurses.
 
Please do not send your son/daughter to School with a plethora of remedies. If they require medication, the School physician will assess and advise what the appropriate treatment should be. It is not safe to keep medications in students' rooms and should they require anything, we can provide it from our office.

Promotion and Prevention

List of 3 items.

  • The Doctor's Office


    For those students who require medical attention, Dr. Nova Zhao, has a clinic at the school three to four times per week. In addition, Hants Community Hospital is less than five minutes from the School and provides emergency care to students, when needed. Occasionally, students may require medical appointments with specialists in Halifax or Kentville. It is expected that parents/guardians within a reasonable driving distance make the appropriate transportation arrangements for their son/daughter and accompany them to these appointments. For the benefit of our students from afar we, or an appropriate staff member, will accompany the student to his or her appointment when necessary. In this instance you may be billed for transportation and time costs. The School also has a shuttle service, at a cost, for students who are able to attend appointments on their own.
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  • Health Promotion

    As health promoters, we organize seminars for the student population a few times per year. We also have a wealth of information readily available in our office for students to browse or take with them and are always willing to offer a listening ear to students with health concerns.  We have contacts throughout the community should students require eye examinations, dental examinations, physiotherapy, massage therapy or chiropractic care. For these non-urgent appointments, students often attend on their own, via school shuttle service or taxi, unless our accompaniment is deemed necessary. The School has access to a counsellor who is available by appointment for individual student counseling (professional fees apply), as well as contacts with the Mental Health Clinic and Nova Scotia Drug Dependency Services at the Hants Community Hospital.
  • Illness Prevention


    On the side of Illness Prevention, we cooperate with Nova Scotia Public Health Services in their Immunization Programmes. During October and November, Influenza Vaccines will be administered. Day students who fall into the “at risk” category as defined by Public Health Services, may receive this vaccine. Please read and complete the enclosed consent form. If your child should not receive this vaccine, please let us know. For the boarding population, we prefer to have the returned consent but, if we have not heard from you, we will assume consent and proceed with the influenza vaccination. Dr. Kazimirski, ourselves and NS Public Health Services, recognize the boarding population as that of one “at risk” and, therefore, highly recommend having your son or daughter vaccinated for influenza due to the nature of the close boarding community and diverse population. After the Christmas Break, the Tetanus Diphtheria and Pertussis (Adacel) Vaccine as well as a meningitis vaccine (Menjugate), will be administered to those students who are in Grade Ten and who have received their primary series of Td-P. The consents for these vaccines will be sent to you at a later date.

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
7:30 am-7:30 pm

On-call 24 hours a day

Health Services Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Susan Cole RN, BN

    Susan Cole RN, BN 

    School Nurse
    902-798-2278 x 2235
  • Photo of Laureen Allen LPN

    Laureen Allen LPN 

    School Nurse
    902-798-2278 ext 2235
  • Photo of Dawn Klein

    Dawn Klein 

    Registered Nurse
    902-798-2278 ext 2235
King’s-Edgehill School is located in Mi'kma'ki, the unceded ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People.