Health Services

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Parents/Guardians reach out to your School Nurse to schedule a time to pick up medical supplies and/or medications.

Resources from Health Services
Nursing Staff
Medical Requirements
State Mandated Health Screenings
When to Contact Your School Nurse
Students With Special Health Care Needs
When to Keep Your Child Home From School
Health & Wellness Information and Updates


Mission Statement
The mission of Attleboro Public Schools Health Services is to provide a program that
enables each student to reach their full educational and physical potential. The program is dedicated to the promotion and maintenance of the health and wellness of the school community. In order to achieve this mission, the program strives to:

    • Improve access to health care service for all students
    • Address both the mental and physical needs of students and faculty
    • Advocate for students and families
    • Collaborate with Health Care Providers and families in the community
    • Assess health care needs and implement appropriate interventions
    • Build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self advocacy and lifelong learning
    • Continue the professional growth of nurses through continuing education
    • Use computer technology to optimize efficiency of the health program


Nursing Staff

Nurse Coordinator
Deborah Ebert, RN
100 Rathbun Willard Dr.
508-222-5150 ext 1386
Fax: 508-222-7813

Attleboro High School
Lee Ann Carroll, RN

Katie Gately, RN 

Lisa Wood, RN

100 Rathbun Willard Dr.
508-222-5150 ext 1250
Fax: 508-222-0673


Brennan Middle School
Christine Cerrone, RN
320 Rathbun Willard Dr.

Coelho Middle School
Shelley Fisher, RN
99 Brown Street
Fax: 508-399-7612

Wamsutta Middle School
Robin Deshowitz, RN
300 Locust Street
Fax: 508-223-2087

Hill-Roberts Elem. School
Sherri Knight-Cloud, RN
80 Roy Avenue
Fax: 508-399-7284

Hyman Fine Elem. School
Karen Mages, RN
790 Oak Avenue
Fax: 508-226-0255

Studley Elem. School
Marie McLaughlin, RN
299 Rathbun Willard Drive
Fax: 508-226-0419

Thacher Elem. School
Lisa Kilfoyle, RN
160 James Street
Fax: 508-226-4165

Willett Elem. School
Vicky O'Malley, RN
46 Watson Avenue
Fax: 508-223-1536


Maintaining communication with your child's nurse is very important.
Please make sure your child's health information, your contact information, and addresses are accurate.

  Medical Requirements


Preparing for school means gathering supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines. Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health.

Children age 4 to 6 are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and polio.

Older children – like preteens and teens – need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccines. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older. 

Immunization Requirements

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Childhood immunization plays an invaluable role in protecting public health. School immunization requirements are an important safety net to ensure that as many children as possible are immunized. The school immunization regulations, 105 CMR 220.000: Immunization of Students Before Admission to School reflects the latest recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

The following table summarizes the immunizations required by the State of Massachusetts before admission to school.


Required Immunizations

Entry to Kindergarten 
Entry to Attleboro School District (prior to Grade 7)

5   Doses of DPT                              

4   Doses of Polio                                  

2   Doses of MMR

2   Doses of Varicella Vaccine or history of Chicken Pox Disease

3   Doses of Hepatitis B

1   Lead Test (required for Kindergarten only)

Entry to Grade 7

1   Dose of  Tdap vaccine

1   Dose of MenACWY (meningococcal)             

Entry to Grade 11

2   Doses of MenACWY (meningococcal)
     (1 or more doses of MenACWY are acceptable as long as 1 dose was         received on or after 16 years of age.)
  • Plan your physician appointments accordingly as it may be difficult to make an appointment without sufficient notice. 
  • Please be aware: Your child will not be allowed to begin school without these immunizations being completed.

Physical Exam Requirements

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  • Entry to the Attleboro School District
  • Prior to Pre-K
  • Prior to Kindergarten
  • Prior to Grade 5
  • Prior to grade 9
  • Annually for High School sports

Massachusetts Physical Examination Form

State Mandated Screenings

All health screenings conducted in school are required by Massachusetts State Law. Screenings are ongoing throughout the school year. If you do not wish your child to participate, you must write a letter to the school nurse declining your child’s participation. This letter must be written each year and be specific to which screening you do not wish your child to participate.

Scoliosis Screening
Postural screening is conducted for all grades 5-9. Parents are notified of concerns and referred to their physician for follow-up.

Vision Screenings
Vision Screening are conducted on students in grades 1 - 5, 7 & 10. Parent/Guardian is notified if the student does not pass and student is referred to their physician for follow-up.

Hearing Screenings
Hearing screenings are conducted on students in grades 1 - 3, 7 & 10. Parent/Guardian is notified if the student does not pass and student is referred to their physician for follow-up.

Body Mass Index screening is conducted for students in grades 1, 4, 7 & 10. Height and Weight are measured and calculated into BMI.

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment is an evidence based screening that is conducted for students in grades 7 & 10. This screening is used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence of alcohol and other substances of abuse.

When to Contact Your Child's School Nurse

  • Prior to start of every school year if your child has a chronic disease 
  • to renew and/or revise daily medication orders 
  • to update health care plans
  • Whenever any new medication is prescribed for your child
  • With any new medical diagnosis for your child
  • Upon treatment for any serious injury, illness, or hospitalization
  • With any castings, slings, or sprains that places a physical limitation

Students With Special Health Care Needs

Medical Concerns:
Should your child's health status change during the school year, please be sure to notify the School Nurse. The School Nurse will then be able to assess your child and develop a health care plan for your child during school.

Medical Concerns Including Life Threatening Allergies:
There is an increase of life threatening allergies and other medical concerns in our schools. To assure that all staff and adults working with your child in school are aware of your child’s medical diagnosis and are able to respond appropriately in case of emergency, we have supplied the following regarding
Parental Responsibilities:

  • Notify the school of the child’s known allergies or medical issues
  • Notify the school in writing as soon as possible after a new diagnosis of an allergy or medical condition.
  • Provide medical documentation from the child’s health care provider
  • A letter of disclosure signed by the parent for release of medical information about their children must be on file with the school
  • Provide a list of items (such as but not limited to perfumes, gluten, and/or latex), foods and/or ingredients that would cause a life-threatening reaction.
  • Provide an order for epinephrine by a licensed provider as well as other medication needed. Deliver medication(s) to the school nurse in original pharmacy-labeled container(s).
  • Collaborate with the school nurse, and multidisciplinary school team to develop an Allergy Action Plan (AAP) and/or Individualized Health Care Plan (IHC).
  • When possible meet with your child’s team to review your child’s plan. Participate in training and education in the classroom.
  • Educate your child in an age appropriate self-management awareness of his/her allergy and/or medical condition, safe and unsafe actions, items, and/or food strategies for avoiding an allergen, symptoms of an allergic/medical reaction, how and when to tell an adult that a (medical or allergic) reaction is starting, and how to read food and other types of labels that may directly relate to your child’s medical concern.
  • Provide a photo of the child (when appropriate)
  • Provide the school with safe snacks to be used as necessary
  • Accompany child on Field Studies, if possible
  • Provide up to date Emergency Contact numbers

Emergency Medication Availability:
Please be aware that there may be times before and/or after regular school hours that areas of the buildings are locked and emergency medication will not be accessible. Please be aware and plan accordingly to have an extra supply available so that your child will have access to their emergency medications on these off hours.

Notification of school personnel as is relates to “life or death” medical concerns:
While the Attleboro School system is entrusted to keep confidential information as it relates to your child. Your child may have a Medical Concern that is potentially “life threatening” and the nurse may deem it necessary to inform staff, on a “need to know” basis. The nurse may determine that it is necessary in order to keep the student safe. This may include, but is not limited to, the bus company and food service workers. If you do not wish the nurse to share medical concerns as it relates to your child safety in school, you must document this in writing and speak directly to the school nurse.

Please refer to the forms below. If they pertain to your child, please print the appropriate form(s), complete, and plan to meet with the nurse prior to the start of the school year.

Pre-Epipen Action Plan (Updated Feb. 2013)
Asthma Action Plan
Diabetes Plan
Seizure Action Plan (Updated Feb. 2013)
Medical Information
Food Services - Release of Medical Concerns Letter (Updated Feb. 2013)
Bus Release Medical Concerns Letter

Peanut/Nut Safe Practices:
Many students who have severe allergic reactions to peanuts and/or nut products may develop a life threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment when exposed to these ingredients. In an effort to keep our schools as safe as possible for those with severe allergic reactions, the Attleboro Public Schools observe peanut/nut safe practices which requests peanut/nut products not be brought into academic areas. Strict avoidance of peanut/nut products is the only way to prevent a life threatening allergic reaction. Please do not send any peanut or nut containing products for your child to eat during snack in the classrooms. Peanut and/or nut products are allowed in the cafeterias during lunch time.

Peanut Allergy Letter (Updated Feb. 2013)

When to Keep Your Child Home from School

The following are guidelines and may be reasons why the school nurse would send your child home from school:

  • Your child has had a temperature of 100.4 or greater in the last 24 hours with and/or without use of fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Mortin/Advil).
  • Your child has vomited, due to illness, in the last 24 hours. 
  • Your child was placed on antibiotics in the last 24 hours.
  • Your child has had 3 or more episodes of diarrhea, due to illness, in the last 24 hours.

If you have any questions about any of the above please call your school nurse and/or check with your pediatrician.

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Please remember the importance of the following tips to help prevent the spread of any illness and/or germs:


  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water lathering/scrubbing for 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer when unable to wash hands. 
  • Cover your coughs & sneezes.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands prior to meals.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not send your child to school when they are sick.
  • Keep you immunizations up-to-date, including the flu vaccine.


General Information

Health Insurance:
Massachusetts requires that all residents have health insurance. For information regarding free or low cost health insurance for children and students ages 19 and under you may contact: Health Care for All @ 1-800-272-4232 or visit their website 

Useful Things to Know

MRSA – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

MRSA are bacteria that are commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. About 25 – 30% of the population carries this on their bodies at any time and most do not develop infections. Sometimes though, these bacteria may cause an infection -  especially if there is a break in the skin.

For more information on MRSA infections go to the links below:   - English    - Spanish

We hope that you find this information helpful! Please contact your school nurse with any questions.

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