Health Services

Health care services are provided by registered nurses in each of our seven schools. Every school has a registered nurse available to provide health care services whenever school is in session. With over 62,000 office visits recorded during the 2010-11 school year, our primary mission is to provide exceptional health services to support every student’s academic success. A nurse leader supervises district-wide health office activities and assures compliance with regulatory standards set by the Massachusetts Departments of Public Health (MDPH) and Elementary and Secondary Education. A school physician serves as an advisor to the nurses.

Please help the school nurse care for your child by

  • Informing the nurse if your child has any chronic or acute illnesses
  • Communicating with the nurse directly if medication or health needs change or if they have been exposed to a communicable disease such as a strep infection or chicken pox
  • Updating the phone numbers on your child’s emergency card so the nurse can always reach you
  • Sharing with the nurse if there is an event at home or in the family that may impact your child at school such as serious illness or death of a family member, death of a beloved pet.

Please keep your child home when the following symptoms are present

  • Temperature of 100 degrees F or greater within the past 24 hours
  • Student must be temperature free for 24 hours without use of med (tylenol/motrin, etc.)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea occurring within the past 24 hours
  • Strep infections of any kind, ringworm, conjunctivitis, or impetigo. These are all contagious infections and must be treated with medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school
  • Rash of unknown origin-this may indicate many different things and should be checked by your pediatrician
  • Pain should be taken seriously, especially in young children. Earaches, toothaches, and headaches should be evaluated
  • Untreated lice (pediculosis) infestation

School Health Screenings

As mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, School Health Unit, Malden Public Schools performs the following health screenings on students:

Hearing – grades K-3, grade 7, grade 10.

Vision – grades K-5, grade 7, and grade 10.

Height and weight- BMI –  grades 1, 4, 7, and 10.

Postural screenings on all students grade 5-9.

If your child fails the Vision, Hearing, or Postural screening—you will be notified by letter for follow up with your own physician.

BMI result letters will not be sent home; if you are interested in knowing your child’s BMI, you need to call the school nurse.


Immunization/Physical requirements K-12

All immunizations must meet Massachusetts minimum requirements and must be certified in writing by a licensed physician before a child is admitted to school.

Massachusetts State law requires the following immunizations:

*Kindergarten entrance requirements:

  • DPT (Diptheria, Petussin, Tetanus) – 5 doses
  • Polio – 4 doses
  • MMR – 2 doses
  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses
  • Varicella – 2 doses or documented disease history from MD
  • TB test and results or note from MD for exclusion
  • Physical Exam – within the last year of school entrance date
  • Lead screening – most recent
  • Stereopsis Vision Screening

*Grade 5 & 9 entrance requirements:

  • Physical Exam – completed within one  year from the first day of school

*Grades 7 entrance requirements:

  • Tdap – 1 dose
  • Varicella – 2 doses

*ALL New Students:

  • MUST meet state law immunization grade level requirements
  • MUST have a current physical exam done within 1 year of entrance to school
  • MUST have a current TB test with results

* Physicians must document any medical or religious exemptions

Parents are encouraged to send in a copy of their student’s yearly physical exam so the school health record can be updated.

Click here for Healthy Snack List

*The Early Learning Center does not permit any peanut/nut products to be brought in to school.

School Nurse Info

Malden Public Schools
Karen Reynolds MSN/MBA, BSN, RN
Nursing Supervisor/Program Manager
Office: 781-397-6106
FAX: 781-397-1547
Cell: 781-738-8945
Salemwood School
529 Salem Street
Malden, MA 02148

Victoria MacDonald RN
Office: 781-388-0627
FAX:  781-388-0619/623

Lori Barrasso RN
Office: 781-397-7031
FAX:  781-321-3495

Karen Swartwout RN
Office: 781-388-0667
FAX: 781-321-1053

Regina Pacor RN
Office: 781-397-1508
FAX: 781-388-0898

Patti Tramondozzi RN
Office: 781-397-1511
FAX: 781-397-1512

Maureen Vona RN, Kathy Donohue RN
Office: 781-397-6003/6004
FAX: 781-397-7261

Debbie Spadafora RN, Cathy Donoghue RN
Office: 781-388-0606/0652
Fax: 781-324-4263