Welcome to the Health Office

What does a school nurse do?

A student’s health status is directly related to his or her ability to learn.  Children with unmet health needs have a difficult time engaging in the educational process.  The school nurse supports student success by providing health care through assessment, intervention, and follow-up for all children within the school setting.  The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process.  The school nurse not only provides for the safety and care of students and staff but also addresses the need for integrating health solutions into the educational setting.

The school nurse administers medications, tends to sick and injured students and staff, assesses that all students have the necessary immunizations, alerts parents to upcoming health requirements, performs multiple screenings,as required by the state, communicates with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as needed and maintains a health record on each student. The nurse also instructs teaching staff about issues such as food allergies and Epipen administration, Seizure Disorders, Asthma, and Type 1 Diabetes.

If your child has a medical condition such as life threatening food allergy, asthma, celiac disease, diabetes,or  migraine headaches please remember to alert the school nurse regarding 
your child's medical needs while in school.  Any other information that you feel the nurse should know is always welcome too!  Please also remember to share with the school nurse any medications your child may be taking at home.

I have created this site in the hopes that it will answer some of your questions about the health office at WMS
I can be easily reached by phone at 413-565-4260 or email :  egartman@longmeadow.k12.ma.us