Health care services are provided by nursing staff in each of our seven schools. Each school has one or more registered nurses available to provide health care services whenever school is in session. With over 70,000 office visits recorded every 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.

For more up to date information please visit our Virtual Health Office Site :

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 changes
  • Contacting the school nurse directly if you student has been diagnosed with a communicable disease such as  COVID 19 or Influenza
  • 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, strep throat, 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. information on BMI here

Postural screenings on all students grade 5-9.

SBIRT screenings – grades 7 and 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 may contact the school nurse.

SBIRT screenings (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) will have letters sent home in grade 7 students only prior to screenings.

SBIRT letter English,  Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese

Opt-out form is available for all of these screenings.  Please send this to the school nurse.  Opt-out form


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 (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) – 5 doses—- the last dose must be after the age of 4.
  • Polio – 4 doses—-the last dose must be after age 4.
  • MMR – 2 doses—-the first dose is after the age of 1
  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses
  • Varicella – 2 doses or documented disease history from MD
  • TB testing per Malden Board of Health
    • TB risk assessment from healthcare provider, if born in US.
    • Actual TB test and results, if not born in US or if student has been out of the country for more than 28 days.
  • Physical Exam – done within 1 year of entrance to school.
  • Lead screening – most recent

*Grade 5 & 9 additional requirements:

  • Physical Exam – completed within the year of grade entrance

*ALL Grade 7 students require:

  • 1 dose TDap
  • 1 dose MenACWY

*  ALL Grade 11 students require – (beginning September 2020)

  • 2 doses of MenACWY  (one dose given after 16th birthday)



  • Massachusetts State law immunization grade level requirements
  • MUST have a current physical exam done within 1 year of entrance to school
  • MUST have TB testing per Malden Board of Health
    • TB risk assessment from healthcare provider, if born in US.
    • Actual TB test and results, if not born in US or if student has been out of the country for more than 28 days.

* Physicians must document any medical exemptions

**Letter written and signed by parent/guardian for religious exemptions – **must renew yearly.

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

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

School Nurse Info

Malden Public Schools – 110 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
Patricia Tramondozzi MSN, BSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Office: 781-397-6106
FAX: 781-397-1547

Beebe – 401 Pleasant Street
Marie Filipko, RN, BSN        Victoria MacDonald BSN, RN, MEd,NCSN
Office: 781-388-0627
FAX:  781-388-0628

Early Learning Center – 257 Mountain Avenue

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

Ferryway – 150 Cross Street

Renee Domegan RN,MSN          Karen Swartwout RN
Office: 781-388-0667
FAX: 781-321-1053

Forestdale – 74 Sylvan Street

Kristina Diggin BSN, RN, NCSN
Office: 781-397-1508
FAX: 781-388-0898

Linden STEAM Academy – 29 Wescott Street

Nensi Salamurovic RN,BSN             Lauren Kinder MSN, BSN, RN
Office: 781-397-1511, 781-397-7014
FAX: 781-397-1512

Malden High School – 77 Salem Street

Maureen Vona BS, MEd, RN         Kathy Donahue MSN,BSN,RN      Sheila Butler MSN,BSN,RN
Office: 781-397-6003/6004/6005
FAX: 781-397-7261

Salemwood – 529 Salem Street

Debbi Spadafora MEd, BS, BSN, RN             Vonette Zullo MSN, BSN, RN
Office: 781-388-0606/0652
Fax: 781-324-4263