728 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 534-2000, Extension 1221
Cynthia Carbone, MEd, MSN, RN
Director of Health, Wellness, and Nursing
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(413) 534-2000, Extension 1221
HPS Health and Wellness Policy
Health Guidelines for School Attendance 2022-23
COVID-19 Information and Resources
Holyoke COVID-19 Health Metrics
Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Emergency Care Planning during COVID-19 and Beyond for Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs (Mass.Gov)
Holyoke Public Schools supports comprehensive health education, nutrition services, physical activity, health services, mental health services, health promotion, school and family/community relationships, and a healthy environment. Improved health optimizes student attendance and academic performance. The district strives to equip students and their families with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices in their daily lives.
Medication Information for Families
When possible and as appropriate, families should administer their child’s medications, treatments, and procedures at home whenever possible.
State guidelines prohibit nebulizer treatments at school during the COVID-19 pandemic since nebulizer treatments can increase the risk of the virus being aerosolized.
Children who require any of the following during school hours should have them available to them at school: emergency medication such as (but not limited to) an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen), asthma inhaler, seizure medication, diabetic supplies, other medication, treatment, or items needed for a procedure.
Medications, procedures, and treatments at school require current written orders and the signature of a parent or guardian
If your child needs 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.
Health forms for Kindergarten Registration
Health forms for Kindergarten Registration include your child’s health history form, evidence of up-to-date immunizations, a lead test, and a current physical exam form. Be sure to contact your healthcare provider well in advance of Kindergarten Registration to make sure you have what you need when it’s time for you to register your child.
More Information and Forms
Medication Cover Letter (PDF)
Epinephrine Administration Order and Emergency Care Plan (PDF)
Self-Administration Medication Form for Parents and Caregivers (PDF) | En Español (PDF)
Respiratory Synctial Virus (RSV) | Virus Sincitial Respiratorio en español (RSV)
Protecting Children from Abduction (PDF)
En Español (PDF)
Emergency Care Planning during COVID-19 and Beyond for Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs
Menstrual Equity and Feminine Hygiene Products: HPS ensures that tampons and pads are available to all students in middle and high school health offices. In this way, students are provided with feminine hygiene options privately and respectfully. Both tampons and pads are available to students free of charge.
Protecting Children from Extreme Temperatures: Both extreme heat and extreme cold can cause illness or injuries. If you believe your child has been exposed to extreme temperatures, watch for symptoms, and consult your health care provider as needed.
Head Lice Information –
Head Lice (Pediculosis) Policy (PDF)
En Español (PDF)
MA DPH Head Lice Fact Sheet (PDF)
En Español (PDF)
A Guide for Parents of Children with High Lead Levels-English