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Massachusetts School Health Updates
Issue 19: May 26th, 2022
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A MDPH Message from Karen Robitaille:  

Greetings from the School Health Unit!
Sadly for me, Brené Brown has gone on sabbatical for the summer.  Below are some excerpts from her posting on the matter:

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” —Viktor Frankl*

If you wrote this quote as a formula, it might look like this: S( )R.

They call it the sacred pause in Buddhism, and it is core to my well-being. The quote at the top of this page has become the source code for my life.

The past couple of years have been hard—personally and professionally—and I’ve found that space closing in on itself again. My responses have started sliding too close to the stimuli. I'm tired, and the pause is suffering. I can’t let that happen to me or to our organization. We need breath and space.

To reinvest in that space, I’ve decided to take a sabbatical this summer. I’ve never done it before, and just the thought of taking off 14 weeks is anxiety-producing for someone who can struggle to take a week off.

In one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard, actress, screenwriter, director, and producer Michaela Coel said, “Do not be afraid to disappear, from it, from us, for a while and see what comes to you in the silence.” I’m a big fan of silence. I can’t wait!

We set audacious goals in our organization—like “Start global conversations about shame and vulnerability”—but this might be our boldest move yet.

We’ll be back this fall. Rested and ready for our next audacious goal.

*P.S. Very tricky attribution on the stimulus/response quote. It’s often attributed to Stephen Covey, but he’s on the record explaining that he read it in a book while on vacation in Hawaii and was not able to find the book or attribution again. It’s very in line with Viktor Frankl’s work, but it’s not verbatim in any of his published books. It’s possibly Rollo May or B.F. Skinner. No one knows for sure, but I’m going with Viktor Frankl.

Stay awkward, brave, and kind.

Written by Brené Brown on May 09, 2022

Brené writes about how the pause is very difficult for her, and I can relate.  I’ve worked so hard on putting space between my feelings about something and my reaction.  I can so identify with “my responses have started sliding too close to the stimuli. I’m tired, and the pause is suffering.”  Can you?  I don’t want to be someone who is just one big reaction.  That’s not good for anybody.  As we head into this last stretch of the school year, I implore you to find a way to take real time off this summer.  Total disconnection time.  We ALL need it to recalibrate our nervous systems and be ready for whatever life throws us next. 

With love and respect,

Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN
<she, her, hers>
Director of School Health Services
Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. 5th floor, Boston, MA 02108
Cell: 781-675-0463
Personal Webex room:
Regarding Tuesday's Events:
On April 19th, 1999, I was a high school nurse in Massachusetts, and “crisis planning” had to do with fire drills and medical emergencies.  The next day, everything changed.  Columbine, once the “nation’s deadliest school shooting” ( changed everything.  I’ll never forget that feeling of terror and overwhelming grief, coupled with the strong desire to hold my own children tight and never let them go.  I struggled to support students and school staff and thought, “God, I hope I never have to do this again”.  Oh, the innocence.

For now, I would just like to give you my love and support.  I wish I had more to give you to get through the rest of this never-ending year. I hope you are able to reach deep down and find some untapped reserves that will get you through the next few days.  I wish deep rest for you this weekend.  My heart and soul cries out for the families in Uvalde, Texas, and for change.
National Association of School Psychologists website provides tips on how to provide children with a sense of normalcy and security after high profile violent acts. 
 In addition, 
the American School Counselor Association website has a resource page dedicated to helping students after a school shooting.
National Association of School Psychologists: 
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Printable, translated formats are below:
Memo: Medication Administration in Schools and Athletic Trainers
Please find a memo regarding Licensed Athletic Trainers and the administration of medication in schools per 105 CMR 210 here. Please do share with building Principals, Athletic Directors, and Athletic Trainers in your school communities.
The School-Based Health Center Program Is Expanding!
Please see below for a graphic that displays the new round of MDPH-funded SBHCs and where they are located. New SBHC’s are noted. Please direct any questions or ideas for collaboration to the new SBHC Program Director, Máireád Day Lopes, contact information below. Máireád will be joining a few of our Regional School Nurse Leader meetings and is looking forward to forging new partnerships with School Health Services!

Máireád Day Lopes, BSN, RN, NCSN
Director, School-Based Health Center Program

Pronouns: She/her/hers 
Email: | Phone: 781-559-9869
Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. 5th floor, Boston, MA, 02108
Now Available! - New Sample Vision Tool List
Reminder: the new MA Vision Screening Protocols come into effect September 2022. A sample vision, equipment, and supplies "shopping list" is now available! Additional screening resources, guidelines, checklists, and more can be found on SHIELD's Health Screenings resource page.
Naloxone in Schools Update
The memo titled The Administration of Naloxone in Schools is now available on the School Health Services website here and on the BU SHIELD website here.
To order naloxone from the 
MA State Office of Pharmacy Services (SOPS), your school/district will need a Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration for Schools (MCSR for School) which covers naloxone. The process for obtaining a MCSR for School is registering with the MDPH School Health Unit for medication delegation/epinephrine training. Please see this MDPH School Health guidance document for details on how to register.  Schools do NOT need a separate naloxone MCSR
Your school/district is welcome to take advantage of the Commonwealth’s negotiated Public Interest Pricing for 
name brand Narcan. The current public interest price for a unit (2 doses) of Narcan Nasal Spray is $71.06.  There are generic formulations which are a bit cheaper. These products are available for sale to municipal, state, and health and human services programs through the SOPS, all of which will require a MCSR for School.
There are free overdose prevention trainings available in MA through 
Praxis and through Health Resources in Action (HRiA). Please reach out to either agency to request a training. The MDPH Bureau of Substance Addiction Services also has a naloxone FAQ website.
Please feel free to reach out to the Assistant Director of School Health Services, Caitlin Pettengill, with any questions.
School Nurses in the News:
SHIELD Nurses in the News Feed.

Check out the Boston Globe's "Salute to Nurses" here! It contains MANY write-ins about school nurses!

Upcoming Events

Cultural Humility as a Methodology for Collaborating with Massachusetts Native Communities
Friday, June 3rd | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm ET | Zoom (4.5 contact hours offered)
The training team will present an interactive program that integrates best practices and principles regarding training for cultural humility, while communicating essential knowledge and nuanced understanding regarding Native communities in Massachusetts. To learn more and register, view the event page here.
2022 New England Summer School of Addiction Studies Programs
June 6th - 10th | Virtual
The MDPH BSAS Office of Youth & Young Adult Services is excited to share the announcement for the second annual Adolescent Track at the New England Summer School of Addiction & Prevention Studies
This is a New England regional (virtual) conference for professionals working in the substance use field and the Adolescent Track focuses on content and presenters relevant to the youth and young adult serving workforce. Topics are broad and cover introductory material such as the neurobiology of addiction on a developing brain to innovative approaches, family work, and youth-focused recovery. Scholarships are available and we encourage anyone wanting to attend to apply for the OYYAS scholarship. You can register and access the scholarship form

Racial Trauma and Youth: Assessment and Treatment Across the Lifespan
Thursday, June 16th | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm ET | Zoom (2.5 contact hours offered)
This workshop will present current scholarship highlighting the interpersonal, institutional, and systemic race-related experiences of youth. Strategies for assessing racial stress and the potential for trauma will be presented. The workshop will conclude with recommendations for treatment and fostering healing. Learn more and register

BU CME/CNE Office Conference
In July, the Mindfulness in the Age of Anxiety - Helping Kids, Teens and Families program will be offered. This hands-on, practical workshop will focus on adapting mindfulness for a range of people and settings. We will discuss the most recent brain science, building buy-in and engagement, and strategies for starting mindfulness programs in larger institutions such as schools and hospitals. You can register here.

2022 NEUSHA Summer Academy
August 8th - 9th | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm ET | Hyannis, MA (10 contact hours offered)
The Northeastern University School Health Academy (NEUSHA) will be holding its 2022 Summer Academy on August 8th and 9th. This event will be in-person AND live-streamed with an in-person preconference on August 7th from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (seats limited). To learn more, view the event flyer
here and register here.

Community Education Initiative Pediatric Health Assessment
August 10th - 11th | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm ET | Norwood, MA
Registration for the Community Education Initiative Pediatric Health Assessment event is now open! To learn more, view the new event flyer
here and register here.

2022 Pediatric Diabetes Update: Collaborating for Success in Diabetes Management
November 2nd, 9th, & 16th | 4:00 pm - 6:30pm ET | Virtual
This program is sponsored by Boston Children's Hospital Pediatric Medical Services & Diabetes Program of the Division of Endocrinology. Registration for the three (3) virtual sessions will open mid-September. For more information, view the event flyer

Recurring Support Group for School Nurses
There is a weekly virtual support group for school nurses happening every Monday night at 7 pm. Jennifer Caprio, a mental health clinician from Eliot Community Human Services (ECHS), will be hosting the sessions. The support group is open to all school nurses from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will remain active through May 2023. This group is a safe place to discuss how you are feeling, receive support, and get wellness tips. The flyer with the Zoom link can be found here. Please email Jennifer with any questions or concerns at

For even more upcoming events,
you can view the calendar on SHIELD's website

New Resources & Training Updates

MA Mandated School-Based Screenings Reference Tool
Shanyn Toulouse, Northeast Regional Consultant, created a lovely 
screening guidelines "cheat sheet" that can be found on SHIELD's website

Mental Health Series for School Health Professionals
The SHIELD Mental Health Series now includes 8 recordings. CNEs & PDPs available. For more information, visit SHIELD's website. The following recordings are now open: Statewide Regional Meetings Courses Now Available
Two courses delivered during statewide regional meetings are now available online:
  • Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault/Abuse: Considerations for School Nurses (ACCNE Credit or Audit)
  • Welcoming refugee students: An introduction to refugee student health for MA school nurses (ACCNE Credit or Audit)
Additional online learning opportunities can be found on SHIELD's website here.

Recorded Webinar Now Available From NEPHTC
NEPHTC recently hosted a Transgender Introductory Primer webinar and the recording is now available here.

After viewing the recording, participants will be able to:
  • Understand basic terminology and theory as they relate to transgender health.
  • Describe health disparities facing the transgender community.
  • Identify resiliency factors, gender transition paths and support needs, and targeted best practices for serving the transgender community.
SBIRT Training Updates
M.G.L Chapter 71 Section 97 (Verbal screening tool for substance abuse disorders) of AN ACT RELATIVE TO SUBSTANCE USE, TREATMENT, EDUCATION AND PREVENTION (the STEP Act), mandates that each public school, charter school and vocational school utilize a verbal screening tool to screen pupils for substance use disorders annually. The STEP Act makes no determination as to which school professionals perform the screening. The only requirement is that each screener complete the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training, which is offered through Boston University School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development (BU SHIELD). Please review school professionals’ workloads to determine who is best equipped to complete the substance use screening this year. If you have any questions on who can complete the screening in your school, please contact the MDPH Assistant Director of School Health Services, Caitlin Pettengill, at

BU SHIELD offers a free two-part SBIRT training. The first part is online, self-paced and can be taken at any time. The second part is a live online session which is offered multiple times a month, year-round, on a continuous basis. If the posted dates will not work for your district, please reach out to Caitlin Pettengill directly. The MDPH School Health Unit is also offering an optional supplement training on vaping/nicotine. If you have taken the SBIRT course in the past, please know the optional course is not required.

Audit Version of "Vision Clinical Update 2021" Now Available
The audit version of the course "Vision Clinical Update 2021: Addressing Health Inequities and Implementing New Protocols" is now available on SHIELD's website here. This course is free and only offers participation credit.
For learners seeking credit, CNEs are available for the standard version found
here - fee applies.
For those of you working at camps this summer:

Dear Recreational Camp Stakeholders,

We have been informed that the state is making free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests available on a one-time basis to any Recreational Camp or Program in Massachusetts. Tests will come in multiples of 180, with two tests per kit and 90 kits per box, and camps may order up to 1800 tests. Recreational camps and programs may request a one-time distribution of test kits, by filling out this survey by June 3rd. All tests will be shipped by June 10th. These tests should be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the camp’s own testing policies. Please note that these and other FDA EUA-authorized over-the-counter tests, those widely available online and in retail stores, can be administered without the camp having a CLIA certificate or certificate of waiver.

Information about the proper use of the iHealth COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests, including specimen collection, handling, and storage, can be found on the package insert, on the
manufacturer’s website, and on the FDA website. Note that the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test has been granted a 3-month shelf extension from the expiration date marked on the packaging.

Please distribute this information to any Recreational Camps or Programs that are interested in conducting COVID-19 testing. Camps with shipping questions or concerns should include those in the free text of the survey. Any other questions should be directed to Steve Hughes ( and Kerry Wagner (, who will forward them to the appropriate recipient.

We hope you all have a great camping season and thank you for everything you do to bring recreational opportunities to children across the state.

Kerry Wagner, MPH
Environmental Analyst
Community Sanitation Program
MA Department of Public Health
617-695-7414 (office)
617-448-7410 (cell)
Free Telehealth for COVID-19 Treatment With Paxlovid

Massachusetts has launched a new free telehealth program to help residents easily access COVID-19 treatment. The COVID-19 telehealth program is a quick, easy and free way for individuals to see if Paxlovid is an appropriate treatment for them. Paxlovid is a COVID-19 treatment pill taken orally that can reduce the risk for severe symptoms and hospitalization by nearly 90 percent.

This program is available to all COVID-19 positive Massachusetts residents 18 years or older who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. The telehealth visit consists of a short health intake survey and, if eligible, a video consultation with a health care clinician. During the telehealth visit, the clinician will review symptoms and risk factors, and determine if Paxlovid treatment is appropriate. If an individual is eligible for the treatment, the clinician will send a prescription to a local pharmacy or, if necessary, arrange for free overnight delivery to the resident's home. This program can be accessed at and is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese.
Community Education Initiative
Professional Development Programming

For any school districts looking for professional development options, please consider the Community Education Initiative at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). For more information, you can view the informational packet here. If you need any programming early on in the 2022-2023 school year, please send in your requests by the end of June in order to secure your topics/speakers. The Professional Day Request Form (page 4 of the informational packet) needs to be submitted to BCH in order to get on the calendar.
EpiPen4Schools® Program Announcement

The EpiPen4Schools ordering website is currently under maintenance. However, you can call 1-973-845-7600 to speak with a live representative. They will verify your school and contact information so they can email you an order form and instructions.  If you are unfamiliar with this program, more information can be found on their website here.
A Message From Your Medication Program Team:

The MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) School Health Unit (SHU) has made a few changes to the medication and epinephrine registration procedure. The changes are part of a quality improvement plan to make the application process less cumbersome. There are revised applications and an updated guidance document for medication delegation and epinephrine training registration which will be posted to the MDPH SHU website and the BU SHIELD website soon. They were also mailed out through your Regional Consultants this week. If you are currently collecting signatures on an older version of the application, please feel free to continue and submit the older application.

Before explaining the changes, I would like to reflect over the last two years of registration. Prior to the pandemic the MDPH SHU registration process was 100% on paper. As MDPH transitioned to remote work in March 2020 SHU shifted the registration process online. The new process required a legal review, which resulted in two changes to be in compliance the laws and regulations of the Commonwealth. They are listed below, as well as a rationale from M.G.L. 94c § 7(a).
  1. The school/district must obtain a Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration (MCSR),
  2. The school/district must register annually.
M.G.L. 94c § 7(a)
"Except in the case of a pharmacy, wholesale druggist or outsourcing facility, every person who manufactures, distributes or dispenses, or possesses with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense any controlled substance within the commonwealth shall upon payment of a fee, the amount of which shall be determined annually by the commissioner of administration under the provision of section three B of chapter seven, register with the commissioner of public health, in accordance with his regulations, said registration to be effective for one year from the date of issuance."

MDPH SHU has worked diligently to eliminate the required fee and additional process of applying for a MCSR. Please see the below changes listed in the new guidance document and reflected on the revised application:
  1. No school in the Commonwealth shall be charged a $300 fee to receive a MCSR.
  2. The MDPH SHU will act as a liaison for schools in registering for a MCSR. Schools/districts will no longer interface with the MDPH Drug Control Program or fill out a MCSR application. A school/district will submit an application to MDPH SHU, and MDPH SHU will approve the application via email with a MCSR attached. We have attached a sample MCSR to this email.
  3. The training requirement of Medication Managers will change from every 5 years to every 3 years starting in July 2022. BU SHIELD and MDPH SHU will continue to offer the course online. The two required courses have not changed; Medication Administration in a School Setting: School Nurse Practice in Massachusetts and Medication Administration in Schools: What School Nurse Managers Need to Know.
If you have any questions about the registration process, please reach out to Lauren Cosby at

Thank you for everything you are doing for your students and school communities. We appreciate you all.

Caitlin & Lauren
Mandated Reporting for CSHS Funded Schools/Districts
The link to the Monthly report survey is here and the end-of-year Status Report 21/22 survey is here. All reporting forms, worksheets and instructions were sent out to districts by Bob Leibowitz and worksheets for the monthly report can also be found here, and here is the CSHS end-of-year Status Report 21/22 worksheet. Questions related to CSHS mandated grant reporting should go to: DPH_ESHS_data@MassMail.State.MA.US.
Mandated Reporting for Non-CSHS Districts (public school)
Concussion Report Form: Not yet available. 
BMI report form: BMI report. CSHS-funded districts and nonpublic schools should NOT submit a separate BMI report, as these data are included in the Status Report. Non-funded districts will use the same link that is used to access the Status Report form.
SBIRT report. CSHS-funded districts and nonpublic schools should NOT submit a separate SBIRT report, as these data are included in the Status Report. Non-funded districts will use the same link that is used to access the Status Report form.
A worksheet for non-funded districts can be fou
nd here.
Mandated Reporting for ALL Schools/Districts
Asthma and Diabetes Survey: This year’s survey will be sent out in February and it will be an electronic form again this year. You should be getting it by email directly from us if you are on the list of regional school nurse coordinators or, if not, you should get it through your regional network. If you have questions or if you do not receive the survey by late February, please use the following email address to contact us:
Epinephrine administration report form.
COVID-19 Updated Guidance and
Testing Information from DESE
Parents and guardians questions can be directed to:
District and school staff's questions can be directed to:
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
- Milton Berle
Regarding Vision Screening Protocols:
The November 2021 Vision Clinical Update is a synthesis of the most current evidence to date related to children's vision and eye health. This course is an optional precursor to the upcoming revision of the School Health Screening Training, which is currently being updated to include training on the new vision screening protocols that go into effect September 2022. The November 2021 Vision Clinical Update is an excellent review of the impact of children's vision on education, physical, social, and emotional development and compliments the upcoming training in the new protocols. Additionally, the course discussed the relevance to school nursing practice and the critical role of follow-up and completion of vision referrals as a primary prevention strategy. The November 2021 Vision Clinical Update provides substantial evidence that supports the revision of the new evidence-based MDPH Vision Screening Protocols. Look for the release of the updated School Health Screening Training that will include new vision screening protocol training to be released very soon.
Vision Screening during COVID. The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness has updated the Considerations for Conducting Children's Vision Screening Safely in Schools, Head Start, and Early Care and Education Programs During the Covid-19 Pandemic. The resources includes a downloadable guide and FAQ. Please share these documents with your colleagues. 
COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Youth and Young Adults
COVID-19 Resources for Families of Children with Medical Complexity (CMC)
The two attached “frequently asked question” (FAQ) flyers in English and Spanish provide answers for families of children with medical complexity ages 5 and above. The FAQ is designed to address potential vaccine hesitancy that parents and caregivers might have. These flyers are also posted on the DPH FAQ web page “Children & Youth with Special Health Needs and the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Families and providers can learn more about disability-friendly vaccination events across Massachusetts at These clinics support people with sensory and/or other accommodation needs to have the most positive and comfortable vaccination experience possible.

Lastly, this flyer on “Ways to Increase COVID-19 Vaccination” provides ways to partner with local primary care practices, schools, or boards of health to co-host family friendly vaccination clinics, disseminate information, or host a town hall to encourage vaccination for children and their parents/caregivers. There are several helpful resources that can be used to promote vaccination in our communities.

Please use these resources in your efforts to promote vaccination in the communities we serve. Thank you!
You may be seeing student and staff COVID-19 vaccination records, including those from other countries. AN IMPORTANT NOTE IN REGARD TO FOREIGN VACCINATION RECORDS: Unlike other vaccinations where we accept whatever the foreign formulation is, the U.S. is currently only accepting WHO-approved COVID vaccination formulations. Here is the link to the list of COVID-19 vaccines within the WHO EUL/PQ evaluation process; any vaccine marked “finalized” is accepted in the U.S. Please note, nurses should check this information frequently, as it is subject to change. 
For key information about managing COVID-19 in Massachusetts, see these websites.

SHIELD COVID-19/BinaxNow Resources.
MDPH Website.
SHAH Family Foundation Pooled Testing Website.
For additional resources surrounding COVID-19, visit these websites.

NASN COVID-19 Resources.
CDC Website.
WHO COVID-19 Resources.
CDC guidance on correct and consistent mask use.
School Health Resources:
For a comprehensive list of resources
relevant to school nursing visit:

MDPH School Health Services
MDPH Infectious Disease Reporting
Massachusetts School Nurse
Grant Information.

General DESE Information, click here.
DESE Licensure Information, click
Sign up for CDC Health Alert Network Email Updates here.
Workshops & Meetings: 
SHIELD - Mandated Trainings.
BinaxNOW Online Trainings.
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Online Trainings.
Additional Nursing and Public Health Online Trainings.
BU School of Medicine: Continuing Medical Education Online Trainings.
Medication Administration Online Trainings:
Introductory Course (Online): Medication Administration in a School Setting: School Nursing Practice in Massachusetts

(This training is for nurses seeking DESE School Nurse Licensure and Nurse Managers listed on a school district’s MDPH Medication Delegation Registration Application.)

Medication Manager Course (Blended Online/Zoom): Medication Administration in Schools: What School Nurse Managers Need to Know (Blended 2020)

(For School Nurse Managers listed as signatories on the district’s MDPH Medication Administration Registration Application. The introductory course must be completed prior.)

View the Medication Admin E-Book

Med Del Epi Registration Guidance (PDF) l (DOCX)   
Medication error (resulting harm)
A reminder to not fax or mail anything to the School Health Unit. Please email medication error reports to:
Mark your calendars!
The date for the Board of Registration in Nursing Meeting for June 2022 is
Wednesday, June 8th
Meetings and Agendas here.
Every School Nurse should have ready access to the MDPH School Health Manual. Download yours here.

Training and how to access it.
Did you know that MDPH has their own youtube channel? Check it out here!
Additional Resources:
  • From MDPH: This resource sheet from the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) lists various programs and materials that can help youth quit vaping or other tobacco products.
  • From the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Program (MCVP)MDPH has compiled a one-pager that outlines key communications resources available on to help promote COVID-19 vaccination among pregnant and breastfeeding people, parents, and children ages 5+. These resources include answers to commonly asked questions, DPH-developed marketing materials available for download, guidance on boosters, and more.
  • From MDPH: The recording of the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS) Caregivers Webinar can be viewed here.
  • From NASN: A quick micro-burst of learning, this interactive module teaches school nurses a simple formula to use to respond effectively to challenging conversations. Watch here
  • MA Dept of Public Health & MGH's New Drug Education Curriculum: Intervention, Diversion, and Empowerment, iDECIDE
    • Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.
  • The SBIRT in Schools course and resources have been updated to reflect additional screening for tobacco and nicotine. Click here to access the course. The new toolkit can be found here.
  • The Northeastern University School Health Academy (NEUSHA) provides engaging, professional learning opportunities that benefit the health, safety and achievement of all youth.
Regional Meeting Dates:
The recording and resources from FY21 meetings can be found on our SHIELD website here.
Career Opportunities:
If you have job opportunities to be posted in the newsletters, please email them to your respective Regional School Nurse Consultant. The posting will run for 2 newsletter issues.
If the position hasn't been filled after those 2 issues, please email your Regional School Nurse Consultant again, otherwise it will be removed.
  • School Nurse (SY22-23) at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton, MA. View the job posting here.
  • School Nurse (SY22-23) at Needham High School in Needham, MA. View the job posting here.
  • School Nurse at Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, MA. View the job posting here.
  • Registered Nurse (Part-Time) at Brooks School in North Andover, MA. View the job posting here.
  • School Nurse at The Rashi School in Dedham, MA. View the job posting here.
  • School Nurse at Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center in Boston, MA. View the job posting here.
  • School Nurse at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, MA. View the job posting here.
  • School Nurse (Part-Time) at Robert F. Kennedy Academy in Springfield, MA. View the job posting here.
  • Substitute Nurse at RCS Learning Center in Natick, MA. View the job posting here.
  • Registered Nurse (Per Diem) at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. View the job posting here.
  • School Nurse Leader at Walpole Public Schools in Walpole, MA. View the job posting here.

Medication Registration: 
US Return of signed CSHS purchase vouchers:
Return of CSHS amendment forms:
Return of CSHS reconciliation forms:

Using the correct email address is essential to your documents being received and processed in a timely manner. Thank you!
Statewide Regional School Nurse Consultant Contacts:
Please do not reply directly to this email. For any questions you may have, please create a new email thread with a new subject line to the contact you wish to ask.


Mary Jane O'Brien, PhD, RN, CPNP, NCSN
(617) 635-6788


Tracy Rowe, MEd, BSN, RN, NSCN
(781) 392-7726

Metro West

Jill Connolly, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
(781) 848-4000 x7841


Shanyn A. Toulouse, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
(978) 420-1919


Ann M. Linehan, DNP, MSN, RN
(508) 580-7363

Western (Hampden, Hampshire)

Veronica Webb Barrett, MSN, MA Ed Psych, RN, HNB-BC
(413) 896-8100
Western (Berkshire, Franklin)

Margaret Burch, MS, RN, NCSN
413-665-1155 ext. 7740
MDPH Public Health Nurse Advisor: 
Non-Public Schools

Janet Guertin-Moruzzi, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
(857) 319-1408

Check out the Regional Consultant Brochure here.
If you have Medication Registration inquiries, please contact Lauren Cosby 
If you have report/data questions, please contact Bob Leibowitz at
If you have budget/grant questions, please contact Juliet Sithole-Berk at
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