Health, Wellness, Nursing

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Closure Communications

The health and safety of our students, families, staff and entire Holyoke Community are central to the work that we do.  Frequent communication with the HPS community is an ongoing priority to provide accurate guidance and reinforce messaging from state and federal public health agencies.


Families can text/call 413.561.0862 (English) or 413.314.3560 (Spanish) or send an email.

Remote Learning During District Closure

Communications to the HPS Community

Some top suggestions for keeping you and your family safe from Coronavirus (COVID-19).   

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Handwashing is the single most important thing you can do to stay well! If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. ‘
  • More suggestions

School Nurse Contact Information

School Nurses are key members of the education team and leaders of school health who keep students healthy, safe and ready to learn.  Healthy children attend school regularly, participate in their classes and do better on assignments and tests. Holyoke Public School nurses help make this happen!

  • HHS Dean Campus – phone: 413-493-1688, fax: 413-540-2429
  • HHS North Campus – phone: 413-540-2403, fax: 413-540-2416
  • Donahue – phone: 413-493-1614, fax: 413-540-2421
  • E.N. White – phone: 413-493-1692, fax: 413-540-2418
  • Kelly – phone: 413-534-2115, fax: 413-540-2425
  • Lawrence – phone: 413-540-2404, fax: 413-540-2424
  • McMahon – phone: 413-540-2405, fax: 413-540-2420
  • Metcalf – phone: 413-493-1698, fax: 413-493-1639
  • Morgan – phone: 413-493-1667, fax: 413-540-2426
  • Peck – phone: 413-493-7040, fax: 413-540-2417
  • Sullivan – phone: 413-493-1696, fax: 413-540-2419
The Holyoke Public School Nurses support, coordinate, collaborate and lead health programming in the school district through Health Services, Healthy EnvironmentComprehensive Health EducationNutrition ServicesPhysical EducationMental Health ServicesFamily/Community Relationships, and Staff Wellness.

Contact Us

Cynthia Carbone, MEd, MSN, RN 
Director of Health, Wellness, and Nursing
413-534-2000 Ext. 1221

COVID-19 Videos

General Health & Wellness Information and Resources

Free, Family, Fun Ideas for School Closures | En Español

Social & Emotional Development Parent Toolkit

Chickenpox Fact Sheet | En Español

Dental Providers in the Greater Holyoke Area (PDF)

Facts for Parents about E-cigarettes and Vaping | En Español


School Medication, Procedure and Treatment Order Guidelines – Medications, Procedures and Treatments at School Require Current Written Orders and Parent/Guardian Signature – If your child needs a medication, procedure or treatment during the school day, a current and proper order from a licensed prescriber must be given to the nurse at your child’s school before the student enters or re-enters school.  Orders will be renewed as needed, including at the beginning of each academic year.  Contact your child’s school nurse for more information or if you have questions. En Español (PDF).

Flu Vaccine – The flu vaccine should be given to everyone 6 months and older, as it is the best option for protection, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP tells us that the annual flu vaccine significantly reduces a child’s risk of severe influenza and death. Special effort should be made to vaccinate all children 6 months and older who have conditions that increase their risk of complications of flu. This includes infants born preterm and those with chronic medical conditions, including asthma and other chronic lung diseases, heart disease, diabetes and other metabolic problems, and weakened immune systems, among others. Influenza vaccine should be given to all women who are pregnant, considering pregnancy or are in the postpartum period or are breastfeeding during the flu season.  Contact your child’s School Nurse for more information.

Seasonal Flu Facts (PDF) | En Español (PDF)

The Flu Guide (PDF) | En Español (PDF)

Protecting Children from Extreme Heat – Extreme heat can cause children to become sick in several ways.  Make sure to protect your child from the heat as much as possible, watch for symptoms and call your pediatrician if you see any develop.|(En Español).

Great Body Shop Comprehensive Health Education Curriculum

Let’s Move Holyoke! 5-2-1-0 A Moverse Holyoke! 5-2-1-0

Head Lice Information –  Head Lice (Pediculosis) Policy (PDF) / En Español (PDF) / MA DPH Head Lice Fact Sheet (PDF) / En Español (PDF)

When should I keep my child home from school? – Health Guidelines for School Attendance (PDF)

Immunizations (sometimes called “vaccinations” or “shots”) Information and Forms

Immunization Records Guidelines (PDF) | En Español (PDF)

Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY) Information Statement (PDF)  | En Español (PDF)

MA Immunization Information Fact Sheet for Parents (PDF) | En Español (PDF)

Medication Information and Forms

Medication Cover Letter (PDF)

Parental Consent and Medication Order Form (PDF) | En Español (PDF)

Epinephrine Administration Order and Emergency Care Plan (PDF)

Field Trip Health-Related Information (PDF)

Field Trip Self-Administration Medication Form for Parents (PDF) | En Español (PDF)

Protecting Children from Abduction (PDF) | En Español (PDF)


Screening and Physical Examination Information and Forms

Health Screening Notice (PDF)

SBIRT Information (PDF) | En Español (PDF)

Massachusetts School Health Record – Physical Exam Form (PDF)

Release-Exchange of Health Information (PDF)

Student Health Information (PDF)

Emergency Contact Information (PDF)

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