The health and safety of our students, families, staff and entire Holyoke Community is the primary driver of all of our decisions. 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.
Optional Learning During District Closure
Food Access for Students & Families
Communications to the HPS Community
Other COVID-19 Information and Resources
Harvard Health – How to talk to your children about coronavirus
Brainpop – Coronavirus child-friendly video on Brainpop
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
1045 Main Street
|HHS North Campus
500 Beech Street
210 Whiting Farms Rd
1 Jefferson St
216 West St
156 Cabot St
75 Kane Rd
2019 Northampton St
596 S. Bridge St
1916 Northampton St
400 Jarvis Ave
The Holyoke Public School Nurses support, coordinate, collaborate and lead health programming in the school district through the following:
- Health Services
- Healthy Environment
- Comprehensive Health Education
- Nutrition Services
- Physical Education
- Mental Health Services
- Family/Community Relationships
- Staff Wellness
Seasonal and Healthy Recipes
Maybe you would like to try a new recipe from our community partners at the UMass Nutrition Education Program…
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
General Health & Wellness Information and Resources
Health Screening Notice (PDF)
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.
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).
When should I keep my child home from school? – Health Guidelines for School Attendance (PDF)
Immunizations (sometimes called “vaccinations” or “shots”) Information and Forms
MA Immunization Information Fact Sheet for Parents (PDF) | En Español (PDF)
Medication Information and Forms
Medication Cover Letter (PDF)
Physical Examination Information and Forms