Health

Are you an LPN or RN with at least one year of clinical experience? Do you enjoy working with young people and thrive in an fast-paced, autonomous environment? NPS is looking for qualified substitute school nurses; apply here: schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=30

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, Safety & Equity Programs 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 and school safety issues.Karen Jarvis-Vance, (413) 587-1364  kjarvisvance@northampton-k12.us

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.

 

Healthy  Weight & Your Child at the Y will start in the fall. The classes will be on Wednesday nights at 6:30 and Saturdays at 12pm. The first class will be on Wednesday September 11th. Contact for more information:

Jennifer Allen

Director of Wellness & Community Development

Hampshire Regional YMCA

(P) 413-584-7086 Ext 125 (F) 413-586-1912

Jennifer.allen@hrymca.org

The Bridge Family Resource Center in Amherst is announcing that they are opening their doors for a free support group for parents/caregivers and playtime for young trans and gnc children.Contact Brenda at 860-916-9867 or email her at laportebrendaj@gmail.com for more information.

The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids  have developed resources specifically for the parents of youth and young adults in New England. This is not a referral service, but rather a resource for parents who would like support and guidance. Resources include:

  • A dedicated phone and text Helpline for Massachusetts families (call 844-319-5999 or text HOPEMA to 55753), where parents can connect with master’s level specialists and be referred to parent coaches, who will listen to their challenges and help them develop an action plan toward their child’s recovery
  • A Partnership and Grayken Center website, whichhighlights details on resources and tools Massachusetts families can access
  • Facebook messaging with parents who need it on the Partnership page

 

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