Medical Information

A student in the nurse's office

Below is a list of frequently asked questions.

What happens if my child gets sick?

If your child wakes up in the morning and is feeling ill, he/she will write their name in the sick list book.  The dean will check the book and go see anyone who is sick that day.  If the deans feels like the nurse should see this student he/she will call the nurse and the nurse will go see the student.  If a student gets sick during the day he or she will contact the dean on duty and the dean will call the nurse if necessary.
While sick in the dorm, students must stay in their rooms and rest. Food will be brought to their room.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Healdsburg has a hospital located only 15 minutes from the school and an Urgent Care Clinic about 20 minutes away in Windsor.  We also have a school doctor on call, Dr. James Carroll. He will see our students with no appointment necessary anytime during his office hours.  If a student gets hurt or becomes ill outside of Dr. Carroll’s office hours, and it is something that can not wait until morning, then the student will be taken to either the ER or the Urgent Care Clinic.  If it is something that can wait until morning, then the student will be taken to Dr. Carroll when his office opens the next day.  Dr. Carroll accepts all insurance and if a student does not have insurance, his fee is $80 per visit.

What insurance is provided by Rio?

Rio does not provide medical insurance for students. The student’s family health or international travel insurance plan is the primary coverage for school activity related injuries. Students are covered under a 24-hour accident insurance plan which provides secondary coverage, if needed, for school activity related injuries. This insurance does not cover things such as poison oak, the flu, or self-inflicted injuries. If you have not made arrangements for medical coverage for your student, you may want to consider obtaining appropriate coverage. You may visit for examples of the types of coverage for students studying abroad.

How do international students get insurance?

International students may purchase their own insurance through many difference agencies.  You can contact Rio’s business office for more information about where and how to go about this.