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Health Services & Nursing

Welcome to Pupil Personnel 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 Nurses

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


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).

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

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!




Parental Authorizations

High School Nurses

Tara Dygon
M.Ed, BSN, RN, NCSN - Waltham High School, Grade 10 (Class 2023)
(781) 314-5573
(781) 314-5582
Danielle Machado
BSN, RN - Waltham High School, Grade 11, Grade 12 (A-I), trilingual Portuguese/Spanish
(781) 314-5463
(781) 314-5582
Sarah Weintraub
(Class 2021 and 2024) Grade. 9, Grade 12
(781) 314-5464

Middle School Nurses

Cynthia Detzer
BSN, RN - Kennedy Middle School
(781) 314-5564
(781) 314-5697
Vivian Tanner
BSN, RN, Long Term Substitute McDevitt Middle School
(781) 314-5593
(781) 314-5749

Elementary School Nurses

Christine Young
BSN, RN - Fitzgerald Elementary School
(781) 314-5684
(781) 314-5752
Danielle King
BSN, RN - MacArthur Elementary School
(781) 314-5723
(781) 314-5729
Lynda Savlen
BSN, RN, NCSN - Northeast Elementary School
(781) 314-5743
(781) 314-5746
Sharon Duquette
BSN, RN, NCSN - Plympton Elementary School
(781) 314-5763
(781) 314-5759
Michelle Fitzgerald
MSN, BSN, RN, CPN - Stanley Elementary School
(781) 314-5624
(781) 314-5734
Izabel Keremian
MSN, BSN, RN - Whittemore Elementary School
(781) 314-5783
(781) 314-5779

Dual Language School

Joan Kelly
BSN, RN, Dual Language School, Waltham Public Schools
(781) 314-5703
(781) 314-5704

District ARC (Assist Return to Class) Nurse

Karen Kearsley

District ARC Social Worker

Julie Wack
Julie Wack, LICSW (Part Time)
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