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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.

Cartoon Illustration Of School Nurse and Children

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
Kathleen McNulty - RN, MSN, NCSN, AE-C (781) 477-7220 Extension 3342
Assistant Director of Nursing and SBIRT Coordinator
Deborah Tanzer - RN, MEd.
(781) 477-7220 Extension 3344
Accounts Clerk
Rupali Meimeteas (781) 477-7220 Extension 3341
   
Health Services Department School Personnel
Aborn  Atika Khemmich
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7320 Extension 2503
Breed Tiffany Cabral
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7219 Extension 2607
Breed Jennifer Swanson
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7219 Extension 2699
Brickett Heidy Hernandez
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7333 Extension 1553
Callahan Rachael Randall
RN, MSN
(781) 477-7338 Extension 1254
Classical June Blake
RN, BSN, NCSN
(781) 477-7196 Extension 2209
Classical Jennifer Wortman
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7196 Extension 2309
Cobbet  Jacqueline Westrin
RN, MSN
(781) 477-7341 Extension 2803
Connery Danielle Reardon
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7344 Extension 2903
Drewicz Christine Mancini
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7350 Extension 1203
English Val Tracy
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7368 Extension 3425
English Aimee Kouroubacalis
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7368 Extension 3425
Fallon Christine Palermo
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7470 Extension 1753
Fecteau-Leary  Beth Murphy
RN, MSN
(781) 268-3007 Extension 1805
Ford Serena Foley
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7375 Extension 2105
Harrington Debra Capano
RN
(781) 477-7149 Extension 2005
Hood Jennifer Pires
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7389 Extension 1953
Ingalls Carly Noonan
RN, BSN
(781) 599-5570 Extension 1305
Lincoln Thomson Maria Dunn
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7460 Extension 1503
Lynn Woods  Val Tracy
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7433 Extension 2553
LVTI Cubbies Den Jackie Murphy
RN, BSN, NCSN
(781) 477-7420 Extension 3009
LVTI Annex Teams
Lynn Woods
Deborah Suleyman
RN, MSN, MHA
(781) 477-7220  Extension 3364
LVTI Annex Teams
Lynn Woods
Samantha Paone
RN, M.Ed.
(781) 477-7220  Extension 3364
Marshall Lisa Dewan
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7360 Extension 3608
Marshall Rachel DeWolf
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7360 Extension 3609
Pickering Robin Erelli
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7438 Extension 1108
Sewell Anderson Ann Liberge
RN, BSN, NCSN
(781) 477-7444 Extension 2155
Shoemaker Kerry Molloy
RN, BSN
(781) 477-7450 Extension 1904
Sisson Dorine Bransfield
RN
(781) 477-7455 Extension 1603
Tracy Pat Chipman
RN, BSN, NCSN
(781) 477-7466 Extension 1653
Washington  Aurora Francis
RN, BSN
(339) 883-1414 Extension 1726
Nursing Assistant  Kathryn Olson (781) 477-7220 Extension 3343
Nursing Assistant  Joanne Connor (781) 477-7220 Extension 3344

COVID-19

For many families, back to school planning will look different this year than it has in previous years. Your school will have new policies in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may also be starting the school year with virtual learning components. Whatever the situation, these checklists are intended to help parents, guardians, and caregivers, plan and prepare for the upcoming school year.

Some of the changes in schools’ classroom attendance or structure may include:

  • Cohorts: Dividing students and teachers into distinct groups that stay together throughout an entire school day during in-person classroom instruction. Schools may allow minimal or no interaction between cohorts (also sometimes referred to as pods).

  • Hybrid: A mix of virtual learning and in-class learning. Hybrid options can apply a cohort approach to the in-class education provided.

  • Virtual/at-home only: Students and teachers engage in virtual-only classes, activities, and events.

Here are some resources:

PDF Icon Public Health Resources and Downloads (PDF)
  Lynn School Department - Reopening Schools Safely Website
  City of Lynn Covid-19 Resources Page
   
  Family Checklists for Going Back to School
  Massachusetts CV-19 Updates and Information
  Dept. Of Education Covid-19 Website
   
  COVID-19 Fact Sheet - English
  COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Spanish
   

 

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.

Checklist
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.

Environment
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
  English Creole Khmer Spanish    
  Lynn Public Schools Asthma Brochure
  English Arabic Creole Khmer Spanish  

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:
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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
www.mass.gov/flu www.cdc.gov/flu www.immunize.org
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

HEAD LICE (Pediculosis) FACT SHEET

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.
- DO NOT USE INSECTICIDE SPRAYS.

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

LPS HEAD LICE POLICY
LYNN PUBLIC SCHOOLS SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES
HEAD LICE POLICY
(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
FILE: JLCCB

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. 

PDF Icon Lynn Public Schools Emergency Medical Forms - Updated September 16, 2020
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  Lynn Public Schools Parent Consent To Administer Medication Forms
  English Spanish  
   
  Lynn Public Schools Medication Form - Updated August 2020
  English Spanish  

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.

NEW – Influenza Requirement - See Details, FAQ's and Full List

NEW
Influenza

1 dose; seasonal influenza vaccine for the current flu season (July-June) must be received annually for anyone 6 months of age or older by December 31st.  New students entering between January 1st and March 31st must have received a dose of vaccine for the current flu season for entry. Depending on the child’s flu vaccination history, ACIP may recommend a second dose of flu vaccine in the same season.  In these cases, the second dose is recommended but is not required for entry.

Influenza Vaccine Requirement for School Attendance:
Kindergarten through Grade 12

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, influenza vaccine will be required for all students. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system.

Which students need to receive influenza vaccine?
Students in Kindergarten – Grade 12 will be required to receive influenza vaccine for the current influenza season for school attendance unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

When do students need to receive influenza vaccine?
Students must receive influenza vaccine for the current season by December 31, 2020.

Are there any exemptions to receiving influenza vaccine?
Medical and religious exemptions are allowable in the state of Massachusetts.

What type of influenza vaccine can students receive?
Any age-appropriate licensed influenza vaccine for the current season fulfills the requirement. This includes injectable and nasal spray vaccine types.

Should students without a documented dose of seasonal influenza vaccine be excluded from school on January 1st?
Enforcement of school immunization requirements is determined at the local level. We encourage school communities to work with families and healthcare providers to satisfy the requirements for students who are not compliant on January 1st.

What about students who enroll after December 31?
Newly enrolling students between January 1 and March 31 must have a documented dose of influenza vaccine for the current influenza season (along with all other required
vaccinations) when they start school.

What about students who enroll later in the spring?
Students enrolling after March 31 are not required to have a dose of influenza vaccine for the current school year.

Will my school have to report on influenza vaccine in the Kindergarten and Grade 7 school immunization surveys?
Yes—the surveys will be open as usual during the fall to input information on other vaccines. By January 2021, a new section of the survey may be completed to report influenza vaccination rates for students enrolled in Kindergarten and Grade 7. We anticipate both parts of the survey, the traditional school immunization survey and the influenza component, will be due by the end of January 2021.

Will my school have to report the number of students who received influenza vaccine in the Grade 11 school immunization survey?
Yes—the Grade 11 survey will open in early 2021 and will include the influenza question with the survey. More information on the timeline for the Grade 11 survey will be available in the future.

Will my school have to report the number of students who received influenza vaccine for students in all grades?

While the influenza vaccine requirement exists for every grade, you will be asked to complete school immunization surveys for Kindergarten, Grade 7, and Grade 11.

Will influenza vaccine be required every year or just for the 2020-2021 school year?
Influenza vaccine is now a required vaccine for school attendance and will be required as of December 31 for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 each school year.

Do younger students require 2 doses according to ACIP guidelines?

Children younger than 9 may need two doses of influenza vaccine depending on the number of influenza vaccines they have received in the past. Children should be vaccinated according to ACIP recommendations but only one dose of influenza vaccine is required for school attendance.

If my school will be providing instruction remotely, will students still need to meet immunization requirements?
The school immunization requirements, including the requirement for seasonal influenza vaccine, apply to all Massachusetts students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12, regardless of whether the district is providing instruction in-person, or using a hybrid or remote learning model.

Do the flu immunization requirements apply to students that are home schooled?
Immunization requirements, including the flu immunization requirement, do not apply to home schooled students unless the student will ever need to access the school building for sports, after school activities or any other reason

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Influenza Vaccine Requirement for Childcare Attendance:
Children 6 Months of Age or Older

Beginning in the fall of 2020, influenza vaccine will be required for all children attending childcare who are 6 months of age or older. Influenza vaccine is always important to receive to reduce the risk of getting sick with the influenza, reduce the severity of disease if one does get sick (including the risk of hospitalization) due to influenza, as well as preventing the spread of influenza to others. During the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza vaccine will be especially critical to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on the population, protect vulnerable populations from severe illness, and decrease the overall burden on the healthcare system.

Which children need to receive influenza vaccine?
All children attending childcare who are 6 months of age or older will be required to receive influenza vaccine for the current influenza season for childcare attendance unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

When do children need to receive influenza vaccine?

Children must receive influenza vaccine for the current flu season by December 31, 2020.

Are there any exemptions to receiving influenza vaccine?
Medical and religious exemptions are allowable in the state of Massachusetts.

What type of influenza vaccine can children receive?
Any age-appropriate licensed influenza vaccine for the current season fulfills the requirement. Influenza vaccine is not recommended or licensed for children less than 6 months of age.

Should children without a documented dose of seasonal influenza vaccine be excluded from childcare on January 1st?
Address questions about enforcement of immunization requirements with your legal counsel. We encourage childcare providers to work with families and healthcare providers to satisfy the requirements for children who are not compliant on January 1st.

What about children who enroll after December 31?

Newly enrolling children between January 1 and March 31 must have a documented dose of influenza vaccine for the current influenza season (along with all other required vaccinations) when they start childcare.

What about children who enroll later in the spring?
Children enrolling after March 31 are not required to have a dose of influenza vaccine for enrollment.

Will my program have to report the number of children who received influenza vaccine in the preschool/childcare immunization survey?
Yes, there will be a survey to report influenza vaccination rates for children in childcare. The timing and details of the survey are still being developed. More information will be available soon.

Will influenza vaccine be required every year?
Influenza vaccine is now a required vaccine for childcare attendance and will be required as of December 31 for all children 6 months of age or older attending childcare each year.

Are 2 doses of influenza vaccine required for some children, according to ACIP guidelines?

Children younger than 9 may need two doses of influenza vaccine depending on the number of influenza vaccines they’ve received in the past. Children should be vaccinated according to ACIP recommendations but only one dose of influenza vaccine is required for childcare attendance.

PDF Icon Immunization Requirements - Full List Updated August 2020
  Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements 2020-2021
  Download Our FAQ Document (From Above) For All Grades
  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

Lead
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

Vision
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
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

Dental
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
Health Services Department Personnel
Director of Nursing
Kathleen McNulty - RN, MSN, NCSN, AE-C (781) 477-7220 ext.3342
Assistant Director of Nursing and SBIRT Coordinator
Deborah Tanzer - RN, MEd.
(781) 477-7220 ext.3344

PDF Icon Information and ResourcesDocument Downloads (PDF Format)
Letter to Parents About SBIRT
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The Crafft II Screening Interview
English Arabic Spanish      
Lynn Treatment Resource Directory
English          
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
English Spanish        
Preventing Substance Abuse Starts at Home Safeguarding Your Children
English Spanish        
Youth and Young Adult Substance Abuse Services Directory
English Spanish        
Helpful Links For Youth - Choose to Keep Your Freedom
English Spanish        
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. 

Find out more on the Lynn Community Heath Center Website!

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  LCHC School Based Heath Center Proposal

 

Guidelines For Keeping Your Child Home From School

Fever - For a temperature by mouth of 100.4° or higher, please keep your child home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil).

Vomiting - Keep your child home for 24 hours after last episode and until child can keep down food and fluids.

Diarrhea - Keep home until symptom free for 24 hours.

Rash - Rashes can have many different causes. If rash is unusual or accompanied by a fever, have your health care provider make a diagnosis and provide a note for return to school.

Colds, Cough, Runny Nose - If your child does not have a fever, is coughing or sneezing infrequently, and is able to manage secretions, they may attend school. Please keep your child home, if they have a congested or uncontrollable cough or excessive secretions.

Asthma - If your child has wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath or chest tightness that doesn’t improve after taking a quick relief medication, please keep your child home and contact their health care provider.

Sore Throat - If sore throat is accompanied by fever, swollen glands, pain or swallowing difficulties, please have your child checked by your health care provider.

Stomachache - Please keep your child home if they have pain lasting more than 2 hours and/or fever, vomiting or diarrhea.

Headache, Earache, Toothache - Your child can attend school if pain can be managed by over the counter medications while awaiting an appointment with dentist or doctor. Child should be kept home for severe pain.

Red Eyes or Discharge from Eyes - If the white part of the eye is red or itchy and there is a yellow, green or crusty discharge, your child should be evaluated by their health care provider.

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Concussion, Zika Virus and Other Resources

CONCUSSION
Concussion Chart
Download the complete Concussion Guide For Parents
 
ZIKA VIRUS

Zikas Virus Chart

Download the complete Zika Virus Fact Sheet Below
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OTHER RESOURCES
Center for Disease Control (CDC) | Healthy Schools
Massachusetts Department of Public Health| School Health Services


 


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