Health Services

Health Services       This page is currently undergoing updates  10/26/17

“Keeping Students in School, in Class and Ready to Learn”

The School Health Services in the Danbury Public Schools assist in facilitating student achievement and student attendance.  The role of the school nurse includes, but is not limited to

  • Promoting student health through prevention, early intervention and referral for the treatment of acute or chronic health care problems;
  • Reducing health barriers to learning;
  • Advocating for health and safety;
  • Collaborating with parents, health care providers, school support services and community agencies for managing school health issues;
  • Participating in Child Study Teams;
  • Individualized planning for students with health related issues;
  • Medication Administration;
  • Skilled Nursing Care;
  • Maintaining Immunization and Health Records
Please contact your school nurse if your child requires specialized medical care and/or medication administration during the school day.

The following guidelines should be used to assist families and provide guidance to School Health Services as we partner to provide a safe and healthy school environment for all students.


The use of medications during school allows children to remain in school and participate in school functions.

All medications, prescription and over the counter,  require a signed authorized prescriber's (physician, dentist, optometrist, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, or for athletic events only, a podiatrist) order and signed parental permission.  No medications will be given without this form. All prescription and over the counter  medication must be in the original pharmacy bottle/container  and  must be delivered to the school by a parent or responsible adult.  Students may not carry medication unless it is medically indicated by a physician.

Tylenol may be administered by the nurse under a standing order from the district medical advisor only with a signed permission slip from the parent or guardian.

Students may be able to self administer medications provided an authorized prescriber provides a written order for self administration and there is written authorization from the student’s parent or guardian.  With the exception of Epi-Pens and Inhalers, the school nurse must  also evaluate the situation and deemed it safe and appropriate. 

Please see downloadable forms on the left menu bar.

When Should Students be Kept at Home?

Please refer to the "Sick Day Guidelines for Parents" on the left menu bar.

The school should be called when a student is kept at home and the reason for the absence stated. 

Please contact your school nurse for any guidance related to policies on specific illnesses or when there are any changes in the student’s health status that may affect their ability to learn or attend school. 

Required Physicals (Health Assessments)

During the registration of all students new to the Danbury Public Schools, parents or guardians will be advised that the Connecticut General Statutes and Danbury Board of Education policy requires a health assessment prior to attending school. 

 Health assessment requirements are satisfactorily met if: 
 A . A parent or guardian provides proof that a health assessment has been done within a 12 month period prior to attending school, fulfilling all mandated procedures. 
 B. A parent or guardian presents evidence that the student has been enrolled in another school within the United States and has fulfilled all the mandated health assessment  


A complete physical and updated immunization record is required by CT state law for all incoming kindergarten students and all 6th and 9th grade students. These physicals and updated immunizations must be completed on the state of CT blue Health Assessment form.  Physicals are accepted for one year prior to the start of the 6th and 9th grade year.

Please refer to the menu bar on the left to download the Health Assessment form.


Kathleen O'Dowd, RN, BSN, Coordinator of Health Services

Linda Benicewicz, Secretary 203-797-4827

Nursing Staff

 Nurse     School Phone  Nurse School Phone
 Abrams, Hillary     Pembroke 203-797-4820  Given, Lynne Stadley Rough 203-830-6580
 Alvarez, Carmen Ellsworth Ave. 203-797-4741  Hyde, Debbie Broadview Middle School  203-797-4864 
 Bayer, Angela ACE, REACH/Endeavor 203-830-6519  Kilcourse, Megan Danbury High School 203-797-4827
 Blair, Cathy Danbury High School 203-797-4827  Kiley, Rosanne Rogers Park Middle School 203-797-4885
 Calle, Ellen Great Plain 203-797-4891  Mitchell, Debey Shelter Rock 203-797-4778
 Casturani, Veronica King Street Intermediate 203-797-4761  Moriarty, Ronnie St. Peter's Mon/Wed/Fri
 St. Joseph's Tue/Thur

 Colon, Zulma Rogers Park Middle School 203-797-4885  Reisert, Mary Broadview Middle School 203-797-4864
 Corcoran, Maryanne Hayestown 203-797-4771  Shew, Carey Danbury High School 203-797-4827
 Donnelly, Nicole King Street Primary 203-797-4744  Steiger, Annie Immaculate High School 203-744-1510
 Dumschott, Kim Mill Ridge Primary 203-797-4781  Summerhays, Holly Early Childhood Center 203-797-4996
 Federko, Maryann South Street 203-797-4787  Teagarden, Celine WCAIS 203-778-7462
 Fiddler, TerrySt. Gregory's Mon/Wed/Thur
Immanuel Lutheran: Tues
St. Joseph's: Fri
 203- 748-1217
  Whitehead, Donna Park Ave 203-797-4834
 Foley, IreneWooster/Pathways: Mon
Hudson Country Montessori: Tues
  Zustovich, Lisa  
 Germain, Susan Morris Street 203-797-4809