School nursing is…

“a specialized practice of professional nurses that advances the well being, academic success and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses faciliate positive student responses to normal development: promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.”
– National Association of School Nurses, 1999

The office of the Health Services Department is located at the Northampton High School, 380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01060.

The Director of Health Services, Health Education, and Safety is Karen Jarvis-Vance, MSN, RN, NCSN. Ms. Jarvis-Vance is available year round to answer questions regarding all school health services, school health regulations, communicable diseases, immunization requirements, health education and school safety issues.

Karen Jarvis-Vance, (413) 587-1364

The mission of the health services department of the Northampton Public Schools is to promote and protect the physical and emotional health of students and staff. The Health Services Department, through the School Nurses, provides comprehensive health programs that advance the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievement of all students.

“You cannot educate an unhealthy child and you cannot keep an uneducated child healthy…”
Dr. Jocelyn Elders, Former Secretary of Health

Each school in the Northampton Public Schools has a full time registered nurse. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform the school nurse of any health condition that may impact their child while at school. It is the responsibility of the school nurse, working with parents/guardians, teachers, and other staff, to develop an individualized health care plan for any student who has a significant health care need.  The school physician is available to the school nurses for consultation.


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