HLA Policies

It is our goal to make HLA a positive learning environment for your child. To ensure that we provide the best possible support for your child during the school day, we ask that you help us by supporting school policies, including those described below.


School Nurse

A school nurse is available at posted hours. These hours are typically posted on the school nurse’s office door (or are available from the director of school operations). If a student is injured, the faculty member in charge must bring him or her to the school nurse. In a medical emergency in school, the School Nurse should be notified immediately.

Only the school nurse may determine if a child must go home for medical reasons. In the event that a school nurse is not present, the school must receive permission from a child’s parent or legal guardian to allow the child to go home for medical reasons.

Medication Administration

Except as expressly permitted by the School, School employees, including faculty, are not to administer medication of any kind (including Tylenol and cough medicine) to students. Only registered nurses and doctors who have proper authorization are permitted to do so, except in the event of a true emergency. Students may not have prescription or non-prescription medication in their possession without the express written consent of the school nurse.

In the absence of a school nurse, only a principal, dean, teacher, coach, physical therapist, or occupational therapist, who is authorized and has received training in safely administering medications from a school nurse or licensed physician, may administer oral, topical, inhalant, or injectable medications. No medication (prescription or non-prescription), however, should be administered to any student without the written order of a licensed physician, licensed dentist, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant, and the written authorization of a parent or guardian.

The administration of medications as prescribed shall be recorded on an Individual Student Medication Form. As each form is completed, the school nurse will file it in the student’s cumulative health record.

CPR and Defibrillation

The School has access to an Automatic External Defibrillators (“AED”) for emergency purposes. An AED is a portable, lightweight, automatic external defibrillator that is used to shock the heart of a person who is undergoing sudden cardiac arrest. The use of this piece of equipment requires training and is an essential part of administering emergency first aid immediately to a heart attack victim. The AED enables a trained individual to provide potentially lifesaving assistance in an emergency. Since sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone at anytime, it is vital to know what to do and who to call to perform CPR and defibrillation.

H1N1 Policies and Procedures

HLA follows the New York City Department of Educations policies and procedures for addressing the current H1N1 virus. To read current updates on HLA and NYC DOE’s plans for addressing the H1N1 virus, please visit our H1N1 Notice page.

School Safety Policies

The maintenance of safety and good order is the collective responsibility of all school staff, parents, students and agencies such as the NYPD/NYCDOE Division of Safety. To help ensure safety, HLA has the following policies:


To maintain safety and security, only authorized visitors are allowed in HLA. No visitors (children, parents, spouse, partners, or friends) may come to HLA without official prior approval from the Head of School or the Head of School’s designee. All visitors must sign in at the security desk and show a legal identification. All visitors must enter the main office and express the purpose of their visit for approval by the Head of School or the Head of School’s designee. Unless staff has planned visits in their schedules, the presence of visitors may negatively impact classroom activities causing unwarranted disruption and possibly diminish productivity.

Personal Belongings

In the interest of safety and security, the School reserves the right to search all bags and containers brought onto the School premises, at any time.

Fire Drill/Evacuation Procedures

The School conducts fire and other emergency drills in accordance with applicable state and local laws. All staff and students are expected to participate in such drills, as building and safety personnel require.


HLA does not guarantee busing nor facilitate the transportation process. Each student is entered into the Department of Education (DOE), Office of Pupil Transportation, database system. The DOE determines who is eligible for transportation assistance, and the DOE will notify parents directly about pupil transportation.