Health, Wellness, Nursing

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.

Medications, Procedures, Treatments, and Equipment at School

Medication Information for Families

Whenever possible and as appropriate, families should administer their child’s medications, treatments, and procedures at home.

Children who require any of the following during school hours must have them available at school:

  • Emergency medication such as (but not limited to) an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen),

  • Asthma inhaler,

  • Seizure medication,

  • Diabetic supplies, and/or

  • Other medication, treatment, or items needed for a procedure.

Medications, procedures, treatments, and equipment at school require current written orders and the signature of a parent or guardian

If your child needs medication, procedures, treatment, and/or equipment 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.

Please keep in mind:

  • The pharmacy-labeled container must be in English.

  • The parent/guardian must deliver the medication directly to the school nurse. Do NOT give the medication to a teacher or any other staff member other than the school nurse.

  • Students are not permitted to transport the medication to school themselves. This must be done by a responsible adult.

  • Only students who have been approved for self-administration may carry medication with them.

  • Medication together with the signed paperwork must be presented to the school nurse before it can be administered. Important: The nurse is not able to accept medication without the signed forms or the signed forms without the medication.

Contact your child’s school nurse for more information or if you have questions.

More Information and Forms for Medications, Procedures, Treatments, and Equipment

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.

Screening and Physical Examination Information and Forms

Immunizations (Sometimes Called 'Vaccinations' or 'Shots') Information and Forms

General Health and Wellness Information and Resources

Health Education

Health Services

Physical Education and Physical Activity

Family Engagement

Nutrition and Well-Being

Physical Environment

Employee Wellness

  • ESPYR Employee Assistance Program: Services are free and confidential for HPS employees and their eligible family members. Call (800) 869-0276 any time, or go to and log in using your password. Contact your Human Resources Generalist or School Nurse for more information.