The health, wellness and safety of Tower Hill’s students is the school’s highest priority. Tower Hill has been recognized as a Shield of Protection Partner by the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.
Tower Hill has a dedicated space, the Wellness Center, where students can access our two licensed clinical psychologists. Dr. Amy Cuddy and Dr. Lauren Lineback have extensive backgrounds in human development, student learning, family dynamics, psychoeducational testing, mental health and best practices for supporting and guiding students. Our psychologists aim to engender the growth of highly functioning, confident adults, who are self-directed and able to self-regulate and self-advocate.
The psychologists provide therapeutic support and resources to various constituencies within the school. Be that one-on-one consultations with students, engagements with parents during times of challenge or change, or conversations with faculty to inform the needs of an individual student or a larger cohort, their work is geared to advance the wellbeing of all members of the THS community. Through forums such as Peer Leadership, Freshman Seminar, Lunch Bunch, or Health and Wellness classes, they provide students with specific knowledge that will contribute to their ability to thrive. The psychologists are a steady presence in the lives of students, sometimes operating in the immediate foreground and other times working quietly in the background. In short, they are collaborators in all aspects of wellness.
Andrea Sarko is Tower Hill’s Director of Service Learning and of Mindfulness, Lower School wellness teacher and Middle School health teacher. Research supports the importance of mindfulness in schools and enhances cognitive abilities relevant to academic achievement, including reading comprehension and working memory capacity. Additionally, research has documented the value of mindfulness-based interventions for enhancing social–emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness practices give students ownership over recognizing their emotions and making choices that increase ease and joy; offering a calming effect on the nervous system and allowing the brain to function optimally. Mindfulness is a component of our Lower School wellness program, a year long, comprehensive physical, mental and social health program.
The Tower Hill Health Office is staffed daily from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. by Nurse Lexy Herbein and the health team. Offering solace and support, our Health Office is a haven where wellbeing takes center stage. With a blend of professionalism and warmth, our dedicated health professionals stand ready to address the diverse needs of our students. The Health Office is a space where every ache, concern and worry is met with expertise and empathy, ensuring a seamless balance between academic pursuit and physical wellness. Rooted in a commitment to fostering a healthy learning environment, the Health Office exemplifies our school's dedication to cultivating not only bright minds, but also strong spirits. Our team embraces a holistic approach ensuring that students are healthy so that they can be educated and educated to be healthy.
In consideration of others, children should not be sent to camp when ill. A child should remain home with a fever (100.0 degrees or higher), suspected strep throat, rash of unknown origin, vomiting or diarrhea, or two or more COVID-19 symptoms. Children are not to return to camp until they are without fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for at least 24 hours without medication. If exhibiting 2 or more symptoms of COVID-19, campers should be COVID tested (at home tests are acceptable) and results should be communicated to the school nurse via email (email@example.com) before returning to camp. Students with suspected strep throat should remain at home until the throat culture results are obtained or until the student has been on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours.
Any household exposure to COVID-19 should be reported to the school nurse via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately. A decision will be made on a case-by-case basis to determine exposure risk and if masking and additional testing will be