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Welcome to the Health Services Department

School Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that fosters the growth, development, and educational achievement of students by promoting their health and wellness.

School Nursing has evolved over the years to include complex medical, social and behavioral needs requiring an expertise level of care and collaboration.

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The Lynn Public School Nurses are registered nurses who must complete the certification requirements set by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The goal of the Lynn Public School Nurses is for every student to be healthy, safe and ready to learn!  

Please call your school nurse for any questions or concerns but specifically for the following reasons:

  • New or change in medications*
  • New health concern or diagnosis*
  • Hospitalization, serious injury or illness*
  • Any health condition or injury that may need accommodations in school or treatment by the school nurse*
  • Diagnosis of a contagious disease such as chicken pox, whooping cough (pertussis), flu, etc.*
  • Major life events or issues that may impact your child in school
  • Need for health insurance or a primary care provider

*A doctor’s note may be required

Reference: National Association of School Nursing

Our Department Information and Nursing Assignments

Health Services Department Information
Our Phone (781) 477-7220
Our Fax (781) 268-4096
Our Address 100 Bennett Street
Lynn, MA 01905
Health Services Department Personnel
Director of Nursing
Deborah Tanzer - RN, MEd. (781) 477-7220 Extension 3344
Assistant Director of Nursing
Jacqueline Westrin - RN, MSN (781) 477-7220 Extension 3342
Accounts Clerk
Rupali Meimeteas (781) 477-7220 Extension 3341
Health Services Department School Personnel - Updated August 2021
Aborn  Leonelkys Rivas
(781) 477-7320 Extension 2503
Breed Jennifer Swanson
(781) 477-7219 Extension 2699
Brickett Aimee Kouroubacalis
(781) 477-7333 Extension 1553
Callahan Amanda Donovan
(781) 477-7338 Extension 1254
Classical June Blake
(781) 477-7196 Extension 2209
Cobbet  Juliana Grillo
(781) 477-7341 Extension 2803
Connery Danielle Reardon
(781) 477-7344 Extension 2903
Drewicz Christine Mancini
(781) 477-7350 Extension 1203
English Heidy Hernandez
(781) 477-7368 Extension 3425
English Caitlin Catania
(781) 477-7368 Extension 3425
Fallon Christine Palermo
(781) 477-7470 Extension 1753
Fecteau-Leary  Beth Murphy
(781) 268-3007 Extension 1805
Ford Serena Foley
(781) 477-7375 Extension 2105
Harrington Debra Capano
(781) 477-7149 Extension 2005
Hood Jennifer Pires
(781) 477-7389 Extension 1953
Ingalls Shannon Whitney
(781) 599-5570 Extension 1305
Lincoln Thomson Kelly Proulx
(781) 477-7460 Extension 1503
Lynn Woods Val Tracy
(781) 477-7433 Extension 2553
LVTI Annex Mary Smith
(781) 477-7220 Extension 3142
LVTI Annex Teams Deborah Suleyman
(781) 477-7220 Extension 3364
LVTI Annex Teams Samantha Paone
RN, M.Ed.
(781) 477-7220 Extension 3364
LVTI/Cubbie's Den Misselly Grullon de Martinez
(781) 477-7420 Extension 3009
Marshall Lisa Dewan
(781) 477-7360 Extension 3608
Marshall Rachel DeWolf (781) 477-7360 Extension 3609
Pickering Robin Erelli
(781) 477-7438 Extension 1108
Sewell Anderson Ann Liberge
(781) 477-7444 Extension 2155
Shoemaker Kerry Molloy
(781) 477-7450 Extension 1904
Sisson Dorine Bransfield
(781) 477-7455 Extension 1603
Tracy Pat Chipman
(781) 477-7466 Extension 1653
Washington  Aurora Francis
(339) 883-1414 Extension 1726
Nursing Assistant  Kathryn Olson (781) 477-7220 Extension 3343
Nursing Assistant  Joanne Connor (781) 477-7220 Extension 3343
Nursing Assistant  Yanely Rosario  
Nursing Assistant  Patricia Gomez  
Nursing Assistant  Jessica Caceres  
Nursing Assistant  Aileen Francisco  
Nursing Assistant  Madelyn Solano Rodriguez

Asthma and School

Children spend a large part of their day at school. Parents, children, school personnel and physicians must work together to keep asthma from interfering with normal school activities. In order to provide the best care to your child, the school nurse will need information from you and your child’s health care provider at the beginning of each school year or whenever there are changes in the treatment plan.

Our Goals
- Keep Students healthy and ready to learn
- Provide a basic understanding of asthma, symptoms and treatments
- Educate school personnel, students and families on asthma, medication management and environmental triggers

Medications at School
Children should be able to take medications when needed. An individual health care plan along with a medication administration plan will be created based on your child’s specific needs.

Each school year, you should provide the school nurse with the following by the first day of school:
- Physician’s order for each medication (even if the student self-administers medication)
- ASTHMA ACTION PLAN from your health care provider
- Written Parent Consent Form (available from your school nurse)
- Medication in original packaging with pharmacy label

School Attendance
Children can be managed in school with minor asthma symptoms. As long as usual daily activities can be carried out, all attempts should be made to keep the child in school.

Physical Education and Sports
There should be no restrictions on children’s ability to play, take gym class, or compete in sports just because they have asthma. If the child needs to take medication prior to physical activity, this can be arranged by the school nurse. Rest periods can also be allowed.

Classrooms may contain allergens. Irritants such as chemicals for art or science projects should be avoided. Some children with asthma have allergies to food. Please discuss specifics with the school nurse.

PDF Icon Asthma Information and Resources - PDF Format Documents
  Massachusetts Asthma Action Plan
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  Lynn Public Schools Asthma Brochure
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Important Flu Information For Families

Flu season in Massachusetts usually starts in the fall and runs through the spring. The main symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever in combination with a cough and/or sore throat. Some people may also have a runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and feel tired. Some people (especially young children) may also have diarrhea and vomiting. To keep flu from spreading in the community it is important to keep your sick child at home when he or she has the flu.  

Please Keep Your Child Home For Any Of The Following:
A Fever of 100.4 Degrees F or Higher in the Past 24 hours 
- A Fever of 100.4 Degrees or Higher with a Cough or Sore Throat   
- Medication Given to Reduce a Fever in the Past 24 Hours
- Diarrhea or Vomiting in the Past 24 Hours

Flu Information For Families
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More Information On Flu
Call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 or your local Board of Health for further assistance.

Flu Guide

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Head Lice Information and Resources


What are lice?
Lice (singular louse) are tiny, wingless insects that survive by feeding on human blood. They cannot jump or fly, and they do not burrow under the skin. Adult head lice or their eggs (nits) are found in the hair and are most often found behind the ears and at the base of the neck. Head lice usually lay their eggs on strands of hair about 4 mm or ¼ of an inch from the scalp.

Who gets head lice?
Anyone can get head lice, but in the United States, head lice are most common in children 3-12 years of age. Having lice is referred to as an “infestation.” An infestation with head lice does not mean someone is dirty. Head lice have special “claws” on their legs to help them cling to the hair. Washing with plain soap and water does little to disturb them.

How are head lice spread?
Head lice are most commonly spread by direct head-to-head contact with hair of other people who have head lice. Head lice are less commonly spread through contact with an infested person’s personal items, such as hair brushes and combs, hats, unwashed clothing, bedding or towels. Head lice are commonly spread within households. Children often spread head lice to each other during close contact while playing. Head lice can crawl from an infested person or object to a non-infested person. People with head lice can continue to spread head lice to other people until they complete a course of treatment that kills all of the head lice and their eggs. Pets cannot spread head lice.

What are the symptoms of head lice?

A person who has head lice may feel itching caused by a reaction to the louse’s saliva and feces, but many children have no symptoms. Head lice are not known to spread infectious diseases from person to person and should not be thought of as a medical problem. However, there is some risk of skin infection from scratching. Head lice are certainly a nuisance, but they are not generally considered a health hazard.

How are head lice diagnosed?
The best way to determine if someone is infested with head lice is to find a living adult louse. However, adult head lice are rarely seen because they are fast and hide well. Identification of a head lice infestation is usually made by detecting nits attached to the hair close to the scalp. Nits are tiny, grey, oval specks that do not come off of the hair easily like a speck of dandruff would. Behind the ears and near the hairline at the base of the neck are common places to find nits. Nits found within ¼ of an inch from the scalp usually mean the nits are alive and treatment is needed. If the nits are more than ¼ of an inch from the scalp, you should ask your doctor if treatment is necessary.

How do you prevent head lice?
Children should be checked regularly and treated when head lice are found. Parents should learn to recognize head lice and teach their children not to share hats and scarves or personal hair care items, such as brushes, combs and hair ties.

What is the treatment for head lice?
There are a number of effective treatments for head lice. Treatment for head lice usually consists of shampooing the hair with a medicated shampoo or cream rinse containing one of the following ingredients: permethrin, pyrethrin, malathion, benzyl alcohol, spinosad, or ivermectin. Shampoos containing lindane are no longer recommended.

Safety is a major concern and these products should be used with care, under the supervision of a health care provider (even though some of them do not need a prescription) and always according to the instructions on the label. This is especially important for women who are pregnant or nursing, and for infants with head lice. Be sure to follow the package or label instructions very carefully.

Permethrin and pyrethrin-based products have a good safety record but resistance has been documented in the United States. For treatment failures, malathion, benzyl alcohol lotion, or spinosad suspension can be used. Hair should be checked daily for the 10 days following treatment for newly hatched head lice. If these are present, an additional treatment may be necessary. Many of these agents require a reapplication of the treatment 7-10 days later to kill immature lice that may have hatched from eggs that were not inactivated during the initial treatment.

Data are lacking to determine whether suffocation of lice by application of products such as petroleum jelly, olive oil, butter, or fat-containing mayonnaise, are effective methods of treatment of head lice. Manual removal of nits after successful treatment is a difficult and time-consuming process. It is sometimes desired, though, for aesthetic reasons, to avoid diagnostic confusion, or to satisfy “no-nits” policies at some schools and daycare centers (see below).

Additional Precautions:
Household and other close contacts should be examined and treated if head lice are found. Remember, head lice do not survive for long periods of time off of the scalp. Even though head lice are not commonly spread by contact with personal belongings, the following steps can be taken as added precautions to avoid re-infestation by lice that have recently fallen off of the head of an infested person.

- Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
- Soak combs and brushes in hot (128.3°F/53.5°C) water for 5 minutes.
- Thoroughly vacuum rugs, upholstered furniture, and mattresses.

What is a “no nits” policy?
Many school departments and child care sites require that children be free of nits before returning to school and parents should be familiar with their own school’s or day care’s head lice policy. However, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses advocate that "no-nit" policies should be abandoned. Head lice are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. No healthy child should be excluded from or miss school because of head lice.

Where can I find more information?
- Your doctor, nurse, health clinic, or local board of health (listed in the phone book under “local government”)
- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Division of Epidemiology and Immunization, (617) 983-6800
- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website
- American Academy of Pediatrics Website

(Policy Committee Review-4/11/2013)

The Lynn Public Schools has revised its head lice policy to conform to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), the American School Health Association (ASHA), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Goals of this policy include the following:
* identifying and containing cases
* preventing unnecessary absenteeism
* monitoring for signs of re-infestation
* protecting confidentiality
* educating and supporting students, parents and staff in the detection, treatment and prevention of .head lice.

Students with live head lice visualized by the school nurse will be referred for treatment by contacting the parent/guardian by phone, if possible, or in writing before the end of the school day. They may stay in class for the remainder of the day. The student must be treated that evening and present to the school nurse with their parent or guardian to be re-examined the next school day. If there is no longer evidence of live lice, the child may attend school. If the treatment fails, they will be referred to their primary care provider. At the school nurse's discretion the child may be re-checked within 7-10 days of the initial treatment.

If a student has nits with no evidence of live lice they will be rechecked in one week for live lice and/or more frequently at the discretion of the school nurse.

Routine classroom or school-wide screening will not be done in the classroom setting with the exception of preschool and kindergarten at the school nurse's discretion. Siblings and known playmates may be checked in the privacy of the school nurse's office. Students who have symptoms may be referred to the school nurse as needed for examination.

Written information will be given to the parent/guardian to assist in treatment and prevention. The school nurse will provide education to the faculty. Resources will also be available on the school health services section of the LPS website.

In the event of persistent head lice, defined as three or more findings of live lice within a period of 6 weeks; the parent will be advised to contact their doctor for other treatment options. The school nurse will offer to make a home visit when all other treatments have failed.

ADOPTED S.C. - 4/11/13

Download The Lynn Public Schools Head Lice Policy
Download The Mass Department of Health Fact Sheet

Welcome To Our Health Forms Webpage

These Emergency Forms can be filled out electronically with the use of your computer and emailed directly to your child's school. Please send directly to your child's teacher, Principal, and nurse. 

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  Lynn Public Schools Medication Form - Updated August 2020
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  Lynn Public Schools Allergy Action Plan - New Posting August 2021
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Immunization Requirements

Lynn Public Schools require compliance with current Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommended immunization schedules for school entry and attendance. Students who are not in compliance with these regulations will be excluded until the necessary immunizations are obtained and documentation is provided, unless there is a medical or religious exemption.

PDF Icon Immunization Requirements - Full List Updated June 10, 2021
  Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements 2021-2022
  Code of Massachusetts Regulations # 105 CMR 220.000

Physicals and Screenings

Healthy Children Learn Better!

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Physical Exams
Massachusetts state law requires physical examinations of school children within one year prior to entrance to school or within 30 days after school entry and at intervals of 3 or 4 years thereafter. In Lynn, all kindergarten, 4th, 7th, and 10th grade students and new entrants must have a copy of an updated physical exam in their health record. Pre-sports physicals are required annually prior to a student’s participation in competitive athletics.

We encourage students to see their own primary care provider and send documentation. If you need help finding a physician or obtaining health insurance, please let your school nurse know.

Code of Massachusetts Regulations # 105 CMR 200.100

All pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students shall be screened for lead poisoning at least once prior to entering school. Parent must provide proof of screening to the school nurse.

Code of Massachusetts Regulations # 105 CMR 460.050

Height and Weight Measurement
All 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th grade students will have their height and weight measured. The student’s height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) will be recorded in the student’s health record. If parents/guardians do not want their child’s measurement taken, they should send a written request to the school nurse at the start of school year.

Code of Massachusetts Regulations # 105 CMR 200.500

Upon entering kindergarten or within 30 days after school entry, the parent or guardian shall present a certificate that the student has passed a vision screening within the previous 12 months. If the student has failed or has a neuro-developmental delay, evidence of a comprehensive eye exam must be provided to the school nurse.

In school vision, screening will be conducted in the year of school entry and annually through grade 5, then in grade 7 and grade 10. Parents will be notified by school health personnel if follow-up of vision screening is required. If your child is referred for further evaluation, you will be given a referral form to be completed by your child’s health care provider. The completed referral form must be returned to the school nurse.

Code of Massachusetts Regulations # 105 CMR 200.400

Hearing screening will be conducted in the year of school entry and annually through grade 3, then in grade 7, and grade 10. Parents will be notified by school health personnel if follow-up of hearing screening is required. If your child is referred for further evaluation, you will be given a referral form to be completed by your child’s health care provider. The completed referral form must be returned to the school nurse.

Code of Massachusetts Regulations # 105 CMR 200.400

Postural Screening Exams
All 5th through 9th grade students will be screened yearly by the school nurse for scoliosis. Information and opt out notices will be sent home prior to screening. If a parent/guardian opts out of postural screening by the school, they must submit written documentation of a scoliosis exam by their primary care provider to the school nurse which includes the date and results. Parents will be notified by school health personnel if follow-up of postural screening is required. If your child is referred for further evaluation, you will be given a referral form to be completed by your child’s health care provider. The completed referral form must be returned to the school nurse.

Massachusetts General Laws # M.G.L. c. 71 § 57

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral for Treatment
SBIRT is a confidential screening for the use of alcohol, marijuana and other substances. The goal is to let students know that we are available to reinforce healthy decisions and to assist them in obtaining support if needed for substance use. All 7th and 9th grade students will be screened using the CRAFFT-II tool. Information and opt out notices will be sent home prior to screening. Students can also opt out on the day of screening.

Massachusetts General Laws # M.G.L. c. 71 § 97

Screenings are not required but may be offered at your child’s school through Forsyth or Polished Dental. Information with permission slips to participate will be sent home during the school year or you can contact the school nurse for more information.

Public Heath Notices
Updated February 2020

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Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

The Lynn Public Schools will be conducting an annual state mandated program that focuses on screening for the use of alcohol, marijuana and other substances. Our goal is to let students know that we are available to reinforce healthy decisions and to assist them in obtaining support if needed for substance use.

This year, we will screen 7th and 9th grade students. All screenings will be conducted by either a guidance counselor, school nurse, social worker or health teacher confidentially in private one-to-one sessions. We will utilize the CRAFFT-II screening tool.

Students who are not using substances will have their healthy choices reinforced by the screener. The screener will provide brief feedback to any student who reports using substances, or who is at risk for future substance use. If needed, we will refer students to our guidance staff or social worker for further evaluation. This program focuses on harm prevention and does not generate disciplinary action. Results of the screening will not be included in your student’s school record. Every student will be given educational materials on substance use that includes resource information.

As with any school screening, you have the right to opt your child out of this screening. Please notify the school in writing. Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all of the screening questions.
We encourage all parents/guardians to talk with their child about substance use.

More information and resources are available here and at your child’s school.

Together, schools and parents/guardians CAN make a difference for our youth.
For questions on the program, please contact your child’s school nurse, the district SBIRT Coordinator or Director of Nursing:

Health Services Department Information
Our Phone (781) 477-7220
Our Fax (781) 268-4096
Our Address 100 Bennett Street
Lynn, MA 01905

PDF Icon Information and Resources Document Downloads (PDF Format)
Letter to Parents About SBIRT
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The Crafft II Screening Interview
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Lynn Treatment Resource Directory
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment
(SBIRT) Information Website
Talking to Your Middle School-Aged Child About Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs A 10 Step Guide For Parents
English Spanish        
7 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Alcohol and Other Drugs
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Preventing Substance Abuse Starts at Home Safeguarding Your Children
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Youth and Young Adult Substance Abuse Services Directory
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Helpful Links For Youth - Choose to Keep Your Freedom
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Even If You Know About Drinking or Drugs

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School Based Health Centers

The School-Based Health Center program is a collaborative effort between the Lynn Community Health Center and Lynn Public Schools. This program is designed to improve the health status of the elementary, middle, and secondary school students of Lynn by increasing access to health care through school-based services.

All services provided are designed to meet the special developmental, socio-emotional and access needs of adolescents and youth. The SBHCs are satellite clinics of the Lynn Community Health Center which provides 24 hour, 7 day a week, year round back-up and access to a broad range of specialty services, health promotion and health education services. 

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Locations: Behavioral Health Only:
Connery Elementary School
Harrington Elementary School
Ingalls Elementary School
Breed Middle School
Thurgood Marshall Middle School
Lynn Classical High School
Lynn English High School
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
Brickett Elementary School
Callahan Elementary School
Cobbet Elementary School
Drewicz Elementary School
Ford Elementary School
Tracy Elementary School
Washington Elementary School
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