LINDA CAHILL, DNP, RN
Supervisor of Nurses
Health Services 2nd Floor
175 Warren Avenue
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-580-7470 Fax: 508-580-7699
ANN M. LINEHAN, DNP, RN
Southeast Regional Advisor/Computer Nurse
LINDA CLEGG, MS, RN
Nursing Case Manager
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.
- FOOD ALLERGIES
- Immunizations & Physicals: Kindergarten
- Immunizations & Physicals: Grades 1-6
- Immunizations & Physicals: Grades 7-12
- Screenings and Exams
- School Health Issues
- Health Services Resource Links
- Code for Nurses
- 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
- IMMUNIZATION FORM
- PHYSICAL FORM
*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.
DTaP/DTP ≥ or 3 Td + 1 Tdap
OR physician certified history of chicken pox
All copies should be sent to School Nurse.To print out forms to bring to the physicians office click here:
DTaP/DTP - 4 doses or 3 doses Td plus 1 dose Tdap
- - 1 month
- - 6 months
- Or if > 5 yrs since last dose DTP/DTaP
Physical exam - Seventh grade
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:
- Signed consent by the parent or guardian to give the medicine. Please complete the enclosed consent form and give it to your school nurse.
- 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:
Sickle Cell Disease
- Caritas Good Samaritan
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health- School Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control
- Massachusetts Department of Education
- Kids Health
- Brockton Hospital
- Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
- Brockton Board of Health
- City of Brockton
- MA Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA)
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.
CONTACT A STAFF MEMBER
Brockton High School
Obiajulu Cheretakis, MSN, RN
Rachel Nazon, BSN, RN
Ann Nardelli, BA, BSN, RN
Jennifer Golden, BSN, RN
Keith Center, Frederick Douglass, Champion High School
Astride Jeune, BSN, RN
Huntington Therapeutic Day School
Melissa Hughes, BSN, RN
Ashfield Middle School
Mary Reid, BSN, MPA, CAGS, RN
East Middle School
Margaret O'Brien, BSN, M. Ed., RN
North Middle School
Patricia Cook, BSN, M. Ed., RN
West Middle School
Lisa Jezard, MSN, RN
South Middle School
Crystal Condon, BSN, RN
Francisca Andrade, BSN, M. Ed., RN
Lisa Fahey, BSN, RN
Regina Papp, BSN, RN
Tracy Politano, MSN, RN
Cynthia Darrer, MA, BSN, RN
Amelia Falavinha, BSN, M. Ed., RN
Amelia Falavinha, BSN, RN
Kimberly Baldi, BSN, RN
Barrett Russell Early Childhood Center
Mary Ellen Divine, BSN, RN
Kathleen Dwyer, BSN, RN
Mary Jane Ritchie, RN
Maura Van Wagenen, BSN, M. Ed., RN
Doreen Allen, MSN, RN
Kimberly Baldi, BSN, RN
Denice Lewis, BSN, RN
Gilmore Elementary School
Diane Sloane, BSN, M. Ed., RN
Fax 508-580 7978
Margaret Mason, BSN, M. Ed., RN
Denise Gillis, BSN, M. Ed., RN
Margaret Duffy, BSN, CDE, RN
Sophia Lapsley, BSN, RN
Linda Cahill, MSN, RN
Southeast Regional Advisor
Ann M. Klaver, MSN, RN