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Health Services & Nursing

Welcome to Pupil Services

Home to Special Education, Guidance, and Nursing services for our Waltham Public Schools students, dedicated to educating and supporting the whole child. 

Health Services and Nursing Mission

WPS Health Services Department provides nursing services that promote optimal wellness for students and staff in order to foster educational success.  We strive to empower students and staff with an understanding of health and healthy choices that will positively affect their lives.

Contact Information Patricia McCaffrey, Director of Health Services

Patricia McCaffrey, MSN, BSN, RN, Director of Nurses 781-314-5462 (p) / 781-314-5582 (f)

PatriciaMcCaffrey@walthampublicschools.org


 

COVID-19 Updates and Resources from the Waltham Health Department

The Waltham Health Department is monitoring the latest information from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).

We will be offering COVID-19 Vaccine clinics for students 12 and above.  Consents may be found here. The schedule is as follows:

After Your COVID Vaccine: Important Information

 
Waltham Public Schools Health Services Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 and Return to School

 

Important Update to Flu Vaccination Requirements 2021

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare/preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education.  Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19.   Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts.  

DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.

Flu Season is Here! Please read for important information about preventing and controlling the spread of the Flu.

There has been a lot of talk about the flu. The following information may help to answer questions you may have about controlling the spread of the flu and other contagious illnesses.


1. Frequent hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds will help control
the spread of the virus. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based
hand rub may be used.


2. Cover your cough or sneeze by coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or into
a tissue, not your hands. If you forget and use your hands, you should wash
your hands afterwards.


3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

4. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

If you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms, and have
concerns, please contact your primary care provider or school nurse.

5. If you are sick with flu-like illness, you should limit contact with others as
much as possible and stay at home except to get medical care or for other
necessities. You should be fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of
antipyretics such as: Tylenol, Acetaminophen, Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, etc.)
before returning to school or work. Remember that some viruses will linger,
and these precautions are taken to avoid the spread of diseases. For our
purposes, any temperature greater than 100 degrees (orally) is considered a
fever.

6. Remember – it is not too late to get a flu shot!


 

Please read additional and important information about the Flu in English.

Please read additional and important information about the Flu in Español.

Please read additional and important information about the Flu in Portuguese.

Protect Children from Mosquito Bites/¡Proteja a los niños de las Picaduras de Mosquitos!

Mosquitoes are out! But there are simple steps you can take to
help prevent mosquito bites and the diseases they can cause.

Protect Children from Mosquito Bites!

¡Los mosquitos están fuera! Pero hay pasos simples que puedes tomar para ayuda a prevenir las picaduras de mosquitos y las enfermedades que pueden causar.

¡Proteja a los niños de las Picaduras de Mosquitos!

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High School Nurses

Patricia McCaffrey
MSN, BSN, RN, Director of Health Services
Phone
(781) 314-5462
Fax
(781) 314-5582
Bio
patriciamccaffrey@walthampublicschools.org
Tara Dygon
M.Ed, BSN, RN, NCSN - Waltham High School, Grade 11 (Class 2023) & Grade 12 (2022) A-L
Phone
(781) 314-5579
Fax
(781) 314-5583
Bio
taradygon@walthampublicschools.org
Katri Toivanen-Hubbard
BSN, RN - Waltham High School, Grade 9 (Class of 2025)
Phone
(781) 314-5463
Fax
(781) 314-5582
Bio
katritoivanenhubbard@walthampublicschools.org
Sarah Weintraub
BSN, RN, BA, CPN - Waltham High School, Grade 10 (Class of 2024) & Grade 12 (2022) M-Z
Phone
(781) 314-5464
Fax
(781) 314-5582
Bio
sarahweintraub@walthampublicschools.org

Middle School Nurses

Cynthia Detzer
BSN, RN - Kennedy Middle School
Phone
(781) 314-5564
Fax
(781) 314-5697
Bio
cynthiadetzer@walthampublicschools.org
Danielle Machado
BSN, RN - McDevitt Middle School, trilingual Portuguese/Spanish
Phone
(781) 314-5593
Fax
(781) 314-5749
Bio
daniellemachado@walthampublicschools.org

Elementary School Nurses

Christine Young
BSN, RN - Fitzgerald Elementary School
Phone
(781) 314-5684
Fax
(781) 314-5752
Bio
christineyoung@walthampublicschools.org
Danielle King
BSN, RN - MacArthur Elementary School
Phone
(781) 314-5723
Fax
(781) 314-5729
Bio
danielleking@walthampublicschools.org
Lynda Savlen
BSN, RN, NCSN - Northeast Elementary School
Phone
(781) 314-5743
Fax
(781) 314-5746
Bio
lyndasavlen@walthampublicschools.org
Kelley Steeves
BSN, RN - Northeast Elementary School
Phone
(781) 314-5746
Fax
(781) 314-5743
Bio
kelleysteeves@walthampublicschools.org
Sharon Duquette
BSN, RN, NCSN - Plympton Elementary School
Phone
(781) 314-5763
Fax
(781) 314-5759
Bio
sharonduquette@walthampublicschools.org
Katie Cormier-Desrosiers
BSN, RN - Stanley Elementary School
Phone
(781) 314-5624
Fax
(781) 314-5734
Bio
KatieCormierDesrosiers@walthampublicschools.org
Izabel Keremian
MSN, BSN, RN - Whittemore Elementary School
Phone
(781) 314-5783
Fax
(781) 314-5779
Bio
izabelkeremian@walthampublicschools.org

Dual Language School

Mandy Moreno
BSN, RN, Dual Language School, Bilingual
Phone
(781) 314-5703
Fax
(781) 314-5704
Bio
mandymoreno@walthampublicschools.org

District Float Nurse

Patricia DiScipio
BSN, RN
Bio
patriciadiscipio@walthampublicschools.org

District ARC Social Worker

Julie Wack
Julie Wack, LICSW (Part Time)
Bio
juliewack@walthampublicschools.org
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