WPS Health Services

Mission Statement: The Walpole Public School Nurses provide services to promote the physical and emotional health and well-being of all our students so that they may achieve academic and personal success to the best of their abilities.

Did your child test positive or have you been told they are a close contact? During the week notify your child's school nurse. On weekends call 774-256-4035 and a nurse will return your call within 24 hours.

Walpole Public Health Nurse email for questions: pfisher@walpole-ma.gov

WPS Home testing opt-in form can be found here

WPS Re-Entry plan for 2020-2021 can be found here.


Walpole MA COVID-19 INFORMATION can be found here.

More information can be found by following the links to the MA Department of Public Health and the CDC:

Concerns about symptoms you are having but not sure if you should call your doctor? In an emergency you should always call 911- but if it is not an emergency residents of MA can use this website: https://www.buoyhealth.com/ to determine the next steps for care and treatment.

Kathleen Garvin, MEd BSN RN NCSN

Nurse Leader

Phone: 508-660-7257 x 5219


What is school nursing? These components comprise some of a school nurse’s duties:

  • Providing emergency care for sudden injury or illness

  • Providing medical treatments (G-tube feedings, respiratory treatments, blood glucose monitoring, medication administration, etc)

  • Case management of chronic health conditions

  • Communicable disease surveillance

  • Providing state mandated health screenings (Vision, hearing, postural, height, weight, SBIRT)

  • Collaborating with student support teams

  • Providing health counseling to students, families, and staff

  • Developing and coordinating Individual Health Care Plans and 504 Accommodation Plans

  • Health Education team teaching or classroom speaker

  • Community liaison for health based initiatives


When to Keep Your Child Home? (See updated list for 2020-2021 under COVID symptom checker above)

  • Does your child have a fever? You child should be fever free for 24 hours without tylenol or motrin before they return to school.

  • Did your child throw up? You child should have 24 hours without vomiting if they are in PK-5 before they return to school. Older students should be able to keep down at least 2 small meals before returning to school.

  • Does your child have a rash? If you don't know what caused the rash, your child should not come to school until they have been seen by a doctor

  • Does your child have an itchy, watery eye that is red? You child should be checked for conjunctivitis or Pink Eye before they come to school.

Flu Season is Coming!

Here are some of the easy ways you can keep yourself healthy:

Get vaccinated

Cover your Cough

Don't come to school if you have a fever

Do not share food or drinks

Get plenty of rest

Stay hydrated