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Our Department Information and Nursing Assignments | 2017-2018

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
Program Specialist and SBIRT Coordinator
Deborah Tanzer - RN, MEd.
(781) 477-7220 ext.3344
Accounts Clerk
Brenda Rogato (781) 477-7220 ext.3341
Health Services Department School Personnel
Aborn Elementary School
Lisa Dewan - RN, BSN (781) 477-7320 ext.2503
Breed Middle School
Marietta Collins - RN, BSN, MBA (781) 477-7219 ext.2607
Jennifer Swanson - RN, BSN (781) 477-7219 ext.2699
Brickett Elementary School
Nensi Salamurovic Cirkic - RN, BSN (781) 477-7333 ext.1553
Callahan Elementary School
Rachael Randall - RN, MSN (781) 477-7338 ext.1254
Classical High School
June Blake - RN, BSN, NCSN (781) 477-7196 ext.2209
Jennifer Wortman - RN, BSN (781) 477-7196 ext.2309
Cobbet Elementary School
Jacqueline Westrin - RN, MSN (781) 477-7341 ext.2803
Connery Elementary School
Pauline Coulon - RN, BSN, NCSN (781) 477-7344 ext.2903
District Float
Drewicz Elementary School
Christine Mancini - RN, BSN (781) 477-7350 ext.1203
Early Childhood Center - Commercial Street
Nancy Smith - RN, BSN (781) 477-7220 ext.3303
Early Childhood Center - Curwin Circle
Rachael Randall - RN, MSN (781) 477-7460 ext.1254
Early Childhood Center - TEAMS
Kerry Molloy - RN, BSN (781) 477-7220 ext.3364
English High School
Deb McManus- RN, BSN (781) 477-7368 ext.3425
English High School
Dorine Bransfield (781) 477-7368 ext.3425
Fallon Elementary School
Christine Palermo- RN, BSN (781) 477-7470 ext.1753
Fecteau-Leary Junior - Senior High School
Beth Murphy | RN, MSN (781) 268-3007 ext.1805
Ford Elementary School
Meghan Paul - RN, BSN (781) 477-7375 ext.2105
Harrington Elementary School
Deb Capano - RN (781) 477-7380 ext.2005
Hood Elementary School
Jennifer Pires - RN, BSN (781) 7389 or 7390 ext.7390
Ingalls Elementary School
Elizabeth Leclerc - RN, MSN, NCSN (781) 599-5570 ext.1305
Vicki Kennedy - RN, MEd, NCSN (781) 477-7460 ext.1503
Lynn Woods Elementary School
Val Lozzi - RN, BSN, NCSN (781) 477-477-7433 ext.2553
LVTI High School - Cubbies Den
Jacqueline Murphy - RN, BSN, NCSN (781) 477-7420 ext.3009
Deborah Suleyman - RN, MSN, MHA (781) 477-7220 ext.3364
Marshall Middle School
Renee Domegan - RN, BSN (781) 477-7360 ext.3609
Vonette Rich - RN, BSN (781) 477-7360 ext.3608
Parent Information Center
Denise Ferrari (781) 477-7220 ext.3208
Pickering Middle School
Robin Erelli - RN, BSN, NCSN (781) 477-7438 ext.1108
Sewell-Anderson Elementary School
Ann Liberge - RN, BSN, NCSN (781) 477-7444 ext.2155
Shoemaker Elementary School
Mary Ann Frazier - RN (781) 477-7450 ext.1904
Sisson Elementary School
Susan Bonavita - RN, BSN (781) 477-7455 ext.1603
Tracy Elementary School
Pat Chipman - RN, BSN, NCSN (781) 477-7466 ext.1653
Washington S.T.E.M School
Cheryl Foss - RN, BSN (339) 883-1414 ext.1726
Vision and Hearing - District
Joanne Connor (781) 477-7220 ext.3343
Kathy Olson (781) 477-7220 ext.3343

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
Program Specialist and SBIRT Coordinator
Deborah Tanzer - RN, MEd.
(781) 477-7220 ext.3344

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LPS Information and Resources
Letter to Parents About SBIRT Updated July 2017 English Spanish Arabic
  Creole Khmer  
The Crafft II Screening Interview English Spanish Arabic
Lynn Treatment Resource Directory English    
Helpful Links For Parents and Guardians

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment
(SBIRT) Information

Talking to Your Middle School-Aged Child about Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs
10 Step Guide for Parents
English Spanish
7 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Alcohol & Other Drugs English Spanish
Preventing Substance Abuse Starts at Home
Safeguarding Your Children
English Spanish
Youth & 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 English  

About Translation:
Please try our webpage translator available on the bottom of every LPS website page. Please notify the school if you need any of the above information translated into any other language.

Important Flu Season Information and Updates

Over the past few weeks the Lynn Public Schools, as in many other districts in Massachusetts, have seen an increase in flu and flu-like illnesses. The health of our students is a priority, and we are working hard to prevent the spread of illness in all schools.

The building principals are working with the City of Lynn’s Inspectional Service Department (ISD) to assure that all possible affected areas are thoroughly disinfected.  We are also supplying each school with hand sanitizers.

Our teachers and nurses have been teaching and reinforcing good hand washing, as well as healthy techniques such as coughing and sneezing into your elbow or sleeve to prevent droplet spread.  Please continue these practices at home.

Hopefully, the timing of February school vacation will help break this flu cycle. Please make sure your children get plenty of fresh air and adequate rest during school vacation. It is not too late to receive a flu vaccination.  Please contact your health care provider or check with your local pharmacy for vaccine availability.

Upon returning to school after February vacation, nurses and principals will continue to monitor student attendance very closely looking for any clusters of illness.  Please let us know if your child is out with flu-like illness.

One of the most important ways to stop the spread of illnesses is to keep your child home when sick. Signs and symptoms of the flu are as follows:  cough, sore throat, fever, muscle aches, tiredness, stuffy or runny nose, and headache.  Some children may also experience vomiting and diarrhea. Your child should not return to school for at least 24 hours after their fever has subsided without using fever reducing drugs like Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

Additional information about the flu can be found on these websites:

Download The Memo In English and Spanish Here (PDF Format)

The 2017-2018 flu season has hit Massachusetts early this year. There is currently widespread influenza activity in the state. To avoid spreading the flu, please use the attached checklist from the MA Department of Public Health to decide when to keep your child home from school.
Flu Symptom Check List for Families, Schools and Child Care Programs
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. Use this form during flu season to determine whether your child should attend school or child care.
Flu-Like Illness: Should I keep my child home? | Yes or No
1) Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher in the past 24
hours? Note: 100.4° F is the same as 38° C.
If you answered Yes to the question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms.
2) Does your child have a cough OR sore throat?
If you answered YES to both questions above, keep your child home. Your child
has an influenza-like illness (fever and cough or sore throat). If your child has a cough or sore throat without fever, he or she may be well enough to go to school or child care. Your child’s school or child care program may have additional guidance.
After The Flu: Can my child return to school or child care? | Yes or No
1) Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher in the past 24
hours? Note: 100.4° F is the same as 38° C.
If you answered Yes to the question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms.
2) Has your child had acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil)
to reduce fever in the past 24 hours?
If you answered YES to either question above, keep your child home for at least
another day to observe for additional symptoms. Then use the check list questions again to decide whether you should continue to keep your child home.
If you answered NO to both questions above, and your child appears well,
your child can return to school or child care.
Where can I find more information about influenza?
- Call the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at (617) 983-6800 or your local board of health.

Updated - December 2017

Flu Guide

Click To Download the Flu Guide For Parents

Important Health Updates - Head Lice, Concussion and Zika Virus
Updated February 2018


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
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