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Health Services

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Supervisor of Nurses
Keith Center
Health Services 2nd Floor
175 Warren Avenue
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-580-7470 Fax: 508-580-7699

Southeast Regional Advisor/Computer Nurse
Computer Consultant
Phone: 508-580-7363

Nursing Case Manager
Phone: 508-894-4389

Brockton School Nurses are integral members of the educational team who assist children and youth to develop their full potential. Our school health program adjusts to the individual differences of each student. The cooperative effort of the parent, administrator, nurse, health care provider, teacher, support personnel and the student contribute to our successful program that promotes a healthy and safe school environment. Our challenges as professional nurses include the education, integration and coordination of the health needs of all the students.





Each student must have a physical examination within one year prior to trying out for any sport. It is recommended that a student-athlete have his/her physical examination administered by their family physician.

Physical Form Immunizations

Immunizations & Physicals: Kindergarten

Entry into

  • DTaP/DTP - 5 doses
  • Polio - 4 doses
  • MMR - 2 doses
  • Varicella - 2 doses
    OR physician certified history of chicken pox
  • Hepatitis - 3 doses - birth or first dose- 1 month after first dose- 6 months after first dose
  • Lead Screening
  • Physical exam done by primary care provider
  • Vision Screening - including stereopsis*All copies should be sent to School Nurse.
    To print out forms to bring to the physicians office

*Stereo E test plate with an array of dots that appear randomly oriented, but when viewed through the stereo glasses a large letter "E" will appear if the child has normal binocular vision.

Immunizations & Physicals: Grades 1-6

DTaP/DTP ≥ or 3 Td + 1 Tdap

  • Polio - 3 or more doses
  • MMR - 2 doses
  • Varicella - 2 doses
    OR physician certified history of chicken pox
  • Hepatitis - 3 doses - birth or first dose- 1 month after first dose- 6 months after first dose
  • Physical exam - Fourth grade - done by primary care provider
  • All copies should be sent to School Nurse.To print out forms to bring to the physicians office click here:

    Immunizations & Physicals: Grades 7-12

    DTaP/DTP - 4 doses or 3 doses Td plus 1 dose Tdap

  • Polio - 3 or more doses
  • MMR - 2 doses
  • Varicella - Grade 7: 2 doses
  • Hepatitis - 3 doses - birth
      - 1 month
    • - 6 months
  • TD/TDaP - 1 dose upon entry to 7th gr.
      Or if > 5 yrs since last dose DTP/DTaP
  • Physical exam - Seventh grade

    • Tenth grade
    • SPORTS physical each year of participation before tryouts
    • All copies should be sent to School Nurse.
      To print out forms to bring to the physicians office, click here:

    Screenings and Exams

    Required physicals: Preschool/kindergarten, Grades 4, 7, 9
    Vision: Grades K-5, 7, 9 & referrals as needed
    Hearing: Grades K-3, 4, 7, 9 & referrals as needed
    Postural screening in Grades 5 - 9
    Annual height and weight (Body Mass Index) in Grades 1, 4, 7, & 9
    Interval health histories


    • Communicable disease (doctor's note required)
    • Five day absences (doctor's note/school nurse clearance required for re-entry)
    • Follow up referrals
    • Student illness referrals

    Freshman Health Screening Day takes place in the spring, in the BHS locker rooms, during gym period. Screenings will include Massachusetts Mandated Vision screening, Hearing screening, Heights & Weights, and Postural Screening.

    Legislative Mandate: MGL c71 s57 "…Upon entering kindergarten or within 30 days of the start of the school year, the parent or guardian of each child shall present to school health personnel certification that the child within the previous 12 months has passed a vision screening conducted by personnel approved by the department of public health and trained in vision screening techniques to be developed by the department of public health in consultation with the department of education… "…For children who fail to pass the vision screening and for children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental delay, proof of a comprehensive eye examination performed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist chosen by the child's parent or guardian indicating any pertinent diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, recommendation and evidence of follow-up treatment, if necessary, shall be provided."


    We would like to inform you of the policies that have been put in place to ensure the health and safety of children needing medication during the school day.

    Our school district requires that the following forms must be on file in your child's health record before we begin to give any medicine at school:

    1. Signed consent by the parent or guardian to give the medicine. Please complete the enclosed consent form and give it to your school nurse.
    2. Signed medication order. The written medication order form should be taken to your child's licensed prescriber (your child's physician, nurse practitioner, etc.) for completion and returned to the school nurse. This order must be renewed as needed and at the beginning of each academic year.

    Medicines should be delivered to the school in a pharmacy or manufacturer-labeled container by you or a responsible adult whom you designate. Please ask your pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home. No more than a thirty-day supply of the medicine should be delivered to the school. To ensure positive identification of your child, it is required that you provide the school nurse with a picture of your child which will be attached to the medication log.

    When your child needs medication during the school day, please act quickly to follow these policies so we may begin to give the medication as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

    Medication is not dispensed in school on half days. If you have any questions, please contact the School Nurse. Thank you.

    If you have a child that will be taking medication in school, please print, and complete the following forms and return to the school nurse:

    Medication parent permission | Medication physician letter

    Medication change protocol | Medication policy | Medication count

    School Health Issues

    Health Services Resource Links

    Code for Nurses

    1. The nurse provides services with respect for human dignity and uniqueness of the client unrestricted by consideration of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.
    2.The nurse safeguards the client's right to privacy by judiciously protecting information of a confidential nature.
    3.The nurse acts to safeguard the client and the public when healthcare and safety are affected by the incompetent, unethical or illegal practice of any person.
    4.The nurse assumes responsibility and accountability for individual nursing judgments and actions.
    5.The nurse maintains competence in nursing.
    6.The nurse exercises informed judgment and uses individual competence and qualifications as criteria in seeking consultation, accepting responsibilities and delegating nursing activities to others.
    7.The nurse participates in activities that contribute to the on-going development of the profession's body of knowledge.
    8.The nurse participates in the profession's efforts to implement and improve standards of nursing.
    9.The nurse participates in the profession's efforts to establish and maintain conditions of employment conductive to high quality nursing care.
    10.The nurse participates in the profession's efforts to protect the public from misinformation and misrepresentation and to maintain the integrity of nursing.
    11.The nurse collaborates with members of the health professions and other citizens in promoting community and national efforts to meet the health needs of the public.


    Comprehensive School Health Services Program Grant

    The Department of Public Health has promoted a Comprehensive School Health Services (CSHS) Program that utilizes the best practices in delivering care to the students of the Commonwealth.  Currently there are 351 cities and towns. Brockton is the sixth largest city in the state of Massachusetts. Currently Brockton Public Schools system serves 16,000 students. The goal of this grant is to provide services that are community based and are culturally and linguistically appropriate meaning that services address racial inequities and health disparities.

    Case management will be instituted to ensure that students with complex health needs can access services and attend school safely.  Data driven Quality improvement projects will identify gaps in the various health disparities.  Connecting families with needed services is the priority goal of the health services department.


    Brockton High School
    Obiajulu Cheretakis, MSN, RN
    Rachel Nazon, BSN, RN
    Ann Nardelli, BA, BSN, RN
    Jennifer Golden, BSN, RN
    Fax 508-894-4271

    Keith Center, Frederick Douglass, Champion High School
    Astride Jeune, BSN, RN
    Fax 508-580-7983

    Huntington Therapeutic Day School
    Melissa Hughes, BSN, RN
    Fax 508-580-7981

    Ashfield Middle School
    Mary Reid, BSN, MPA, CAGS, RN
    Fax 508-580-7969

    East Middle School
    Margaret O'Brien, BSN, M. Ed., RN
    Fax 508-580-7965

    North Middle School
    Patricia Cook, BSN, M. Ed., RN
    Fax 508-580-7964

    West Middle School
    Lisa Jezard, MSN, RN
    Fax 508-580-7967

    South Middle School
    Crystal Condon, BSN, RN
    Fax 508-580-7966

    Plouffe Academy
    Francisca Andrade, BSN, M. Ed., RN
    Fax 508-894-4535

    Angelo School
    Lisa Fahey, BSN, RN
    Regina Papp, BSN, RN
    Fax 508-894-4534

    Arnone School
    Tracy Politano, MSN, RN
    Cynthia Darrer, MA, BSN, RN
    Amelia Falavinha, BSN, M. Ed., RN
    Fax 508-894-4466

    Baker School
    Amelia Falavinha, BSN, RN
    Kimberly Baldi, BSN, RN
    Fax 508-894-4474

    Barrett Russell Early Childhood Center
    Mary Ellen Divine, BSN, RN
    Fax 508-894-4578

    Brookfield School
    Kathleen Dwyer, BSN, RN
    Fax 508-580-7971

    Davis School
    Mary Jane Ritchie, RN
    Maura Van Wagenen, BSN, M. Ed., RN
    Fax 508-580-7972

    Downey School
    Doreen Allen, MSN, RN
    Fax 508-580-7973

    George School
    Kimberly Baldi, BSN, RN
    Denice Lewis, BSN, RN
    Fax 508-580-7919

    Gilmore Elementary School
    Diane Sloane, BSN, M. Ed., RN
    Fax 508-580 7978

    Hancock School
    Margaret Mason, BSN, M. Ed., RN
    Fax 508-580-7977

    Kennedy School
    Denise Gillis, BSN, M. Ed., RN
    Fax 508-580-7980

    Raymond School
    Margaret Duffy, BSN, CDE, RN
    Sophia Lapsley, BSN, RN
    Fax 508-580-7982

    Nursing Supervisor
    Linda Cahill, MSN, RN
    Fax 508-580-7699

    Southeast Regional Advisor
    Ann M. Klaver, MSN, RN
    Fax 508-580-7699