Chelmsford Public School Nurses' Mission

Our mission is to provide evidence based/ best practice holistic nursing care to the unique, culturally diverse students of Chelmsford Public Schools. In collaboration with all stakeholders, we advocate for their safety and healthcare needs. We are dedicated professionals who are committed to bridging health care with education and making a positive impact for the present and future wellness of Chelmsford’s school community.

A child must be healthy to learn and a child must learn to be healthy.
-Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Important Links

NOTE: To access these links, log into your student’s CPS Lions Google Account.

 

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Health Forms

All required forms for students and health services are found here.

Health Policies

View Chelmsford School District Health policies and information

Contact Your School Nurses

Chelmsford District

Chelmsford High School

Council of Chelmsford Schools Board
Carol Reilly BSN RN NCSN

High School BSN RN NCSN

Council of Chelmsford Schools Board
Laura Sullivan, BSN, RN

Chelmsford High School BSN, RN

Council of Chelmsford Schools Board
Megan Greenwood LPN

High School LPN

McCarthy Middle School

Parker Middle School

Lisa Kamenides MSN RN NCSN

Parker Middle MSN RN NCSN

Donna Foley LPN

Parker Middle LPN

Byam Elementary School

Amy Regan M.Ed BSN RN

Byam Elementary M.Ed BSN RN

Center Elementary School

Kathy Rossman BSN RN NCSN

Center Elementary BSN RN NCSN

Harrington Elementary

Council of Chelmsford Schools Board
Shevaun Assini , BSN, RN

Harrington Elementary BSN, RN

South Row Elementary

Chelmsford Community Education / CHIPS

Kristen Lynch, BSN, RN, NCSN

Community Education/Chips BSN, RN, NCSN

Covid-19 Dashboard: Testing and Protocol

Covid-19 Pooled Testing Results

One of our COVID-19 mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school community is pooled testing.  We will continue to provide free weekly COVID-19 pooled testing to any interested students and staff this year.

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Covid-19 Cases this Week by School

The data represents the number of positive COVID-19 cases involving students and staff in the Chelmsford Public Schools during the reporting period specified at each school.

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Face Covering Policy

View CPS face covering policy.

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At-Home Rapid Testing Consent Form and Registration

We are opting into an at-home testing program that will increase testing of our participating students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

View the top 10 questions and answers about at-home rapid testing here.

 

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Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocol

In concert with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) “Protocols for responding to COVID-19 scenarios,”(click here for translations) we have planned how we will respond to situations specific to COVID-19. 

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Additional Covid-19 Information and Resources

How do you know if you the have Coronavirus?

Understanding symptoms compared to other viruses and flus.

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Massachusetts Coronavirus Hotline

Massachusetts 211

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced that Massachusetts 2-1-1 will now provide real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts 2-1-1 is open to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Remote Student Learning Resources

The CPS Curriculum Department is providing resources and activities to keep your child(ren) connected to learning during the school closure. Our content area department coordinators have created activities for each level and discipline to keep your child(ren) engaged in learning while out of school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please use the following link to access these activities and resources:

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Chelmsford Public School nurses are on duty during academic school day hours

Required Physical Exams

In accordance with Massachusetts General Law 105CMR 200.00 Section 100, every child registered in Massachusetts public schools must be carefully examined by a physician at intervals of three or four years. A physical exam is required for all Kindergarten, 3rd, 6th, and 9th graders enrolled in Chelmsford Public Schools. Please submit documentation from your health care provider to your school nurse in a timely manner.

All newly enrolled students must submit a physical exam dated from one year prior entrance to public school or within 30 days of school entry.

Students in competitive school athletics must provide annual physical exams prior to sport participation.

School Screenings

Screenings are conducted by Chelmsford Public Schools annually per Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulation.

Hearing: Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, 10

Scoliosis: Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Upon request

Height/Weight: Grades 1, 4, 7, 10

Vision with Stereopsis: Grades * 1, 2, 3 Vision acuity: 4, 5, 7, 10

*Kindergarten:

Upon entering kindergarten or within 30 days of the start of school, the parent/guardian shall present to school, Health Care Provider documentation within the previous 12 months that the child has passed a vision screening.

A parent may send a written request to exclude student from participating in school screenings.

SBIRT

Massachusetts school districts are required to include a substance use preventive screening as part of their annual mandated universal health-screening program. Our district will use the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocol with students in grades 7 & 9.

The SBIRT protocol facilitates a one-on-one conversation between each student and a school nurse or counselor in an effort to prevent or at least delay the start of using harmful substances, such as alcohol and marijuana.

This program focuses on reinforcing healthy decisions and addressing concerning behaviors around substance use with the goal of improving health, safety and success in school. We will use the CRAFFT II screening interview, which is the most commonly used substance use screening tool for adolescents in Massachusetts.

All screenings will be conducted in a confidential setting in private one-on-one sessions with a nurse or counselor trained in SBIRT screening.

 

 

 

Requirements for Entry to Public Schools

No child shall, except as hereinafter provided, be admitted to school except upon presentation of a physician’s certificate that the child has been successfully immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles and polio and such other communicable disease as may be specified from time to time by the Department of Public Health.
– M.G.L. c. 76, & 15;105 CMR 200.000 section 15

Immunizations must follow the recommended intervals from the CDC and the Mass. Department of Public Health. All K-12 students must provide the following immunization documentation prior to admittance:

 

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.

Dosage Requirements

5 doses DTP/DTaP- unless 4th dose is given after age 4 ( Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
4 doses Polio- unless 3rd dose is given after age 3
3  doses Hepatitis B
2  doses MMR ( Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
2  doses Varicella (or a Health Provider’s documentation of month and year of disease)

Students going into 7th grade -12th  need one dose Tdap booster.

Students going into 7th grade- 1 dose of MenACWY

Students going into 11th grade- 1 booster of MenACWY
Medical waivers and religious exemptions must be submitted in writing if applicable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Department Videos

PSA: Soap + Water – The Handwashing Video

 

 

 

CPS Nursing Video

 

 

Stop the Spread of Germs like Seasonal Flu and COVID-19