LHS Health Office



MISSION

School Health Services foster growth, development and educational achievement of Massachusetts' students by promoting their health and well being. It monitors health status and identifies and addresses the unmet needs of students, families, and school personnel. It builds public and private partnerships to ensure quality services that are effective, culturally appropriate, and responsive to the diverse, changing needs of students and their communities.  


Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services




ALL LONGMEADOW SCHOOL NURSES ARE REGISTERED NURSES with experience in pediatrics or public health. All school nurses, like teachers, are certified by the state. The nurses must meet the same continuing education requirements as teachers as well as the requirements to maintain their nursing licenses.

SCHOOL NURSES ARE AVAILABLE TO PERFORM FIRST AID ON STAFF who may require it. They are available to do blood pressure readings upon request. Nurses also conduct a yearly flu clinic for employees.



POSTURAL SCREENING. All students in Grades 5-9 are screened annually for scoliosis. Parents are notified of any deviations.

CONDITIONS FOR EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL. When a student is diagnosed with conjunctivitis, the student cannot return to school until he/she has had 3 doses of the prescribed medication. Students may also be excluded if their immunizations are not up to date according to state guidelines.

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. Heights and weights are checked and graphed intermittently throughout the student's school career. Parents are notified when there is a marked deviation from the previous results.

VISION AND HEARING. Vision and hearing screenings are performed periodically throughout the student's career. Parents are notified of abnormal results.

ATHLETIC EXAMINATIONS. A documented physical exam by a health care provider is required annually for all students who participates in sports. If a hardship exists then the school physician is available to perform a brief exam. This must be arranged in advance with the high school nurse.

School Nurse
Charlotte Steele
413-565-4220 x2418
csteele@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

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Mrs. Steele is a resident of Longmeadow. She trained at the Hartford Hospital and is certified
by the Department of Education. She has R.N. licenses in both the state of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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REQUIRED FORMS