School Health Services

The mission of School Health Services is to support the academic achievement of the children and adolescents
of the Needham Public Schools.

School Health Services foster the growth, development, and academic achievement of students by promoting their health and well being while maintaining a healthy and safe school environment. School Nurses help to identify and address the health and safety needs of students, build collaborative partnerships, and provide quality health services that are culturally proficient and responsive to the diverse and changing health and safety needs of students and the school community.

The School Nurse provides the following services:

  • Individualized health care planning and case management for students with special health care needs
  • Health and wellness promotion
  • Illness and injury prevention, assessment, and intervention
  • Medication administration and nursing procedures
  • Communicable disease prevention and control
  • Mandated health screenings:
                Hearing and vision:  Vision screenings in grades K-5, 7, 10
                                                  Hearing screenings in grades K-3, 7, 10
                Postural screenings-grades 5-9
                Height, Weight and BMI screenings-grades 1, 4, 7, 10
                *Beginning 2017-2018, SBIRT will be conducted in grades 7,9

Parents/Guardians may opt their child out of one or all of the screenings by sending their opt out decision in writing to their child's school nurse by September 15, 2017

  • Environmental health and safety
  • Access to health care services and insurance
  • Management of confidential student health records
  • Emergency preparedness and medical response
  • Communication and collaboration with students, parents/guardians, school faculty/staff, and community providers of health care and support services

Your child must stay home from school when he/she is experiencing:

  • A diagnosis of a communicable disease
  • Fever greater than 100ºF within the last 24 hours off of fever reducing medication
  • Vomiting/diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Acute pain that requires relief by narcotic medications
  • An upper respiratory illness with persistent coughing and/or unmanageable nasal discharge
Concussions and Life Threatening Food Allergy Protocols and Policies

Head Injuries and Concussions
A concussion is a type of Traumatic Brain Injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion may result from a direct blow or indirect blow to the head or a jolt of the head from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. The potential for a concussion is greatest during activities where collisions may occur: during sports activities, physical education class, or playground time. Concussions may be life-altering or life-threatening if not treated correctly or aggressively. The Needham Public Schools (NPS) seeks to prevent concussions and provide a safe return to academics, physical activity, and athletics, for all students after a head injury.

Life-Threatening Food Allergy
The Needham Public Schools (NPS) recognizes the increasing prevalence of student food allergies and the life- threatening nature of allergies for many students and adheres to the Policy for Life-Threatening Food Allergy, approved by the School Committee in December 2010.The Administration of the NPS shall ensure compliance with the policy and implementation of procedures to minimize the risk of exposure to allergens that pose a threat to students, to educate all members of the school community, and to plan for the individual needs of students with life-threatening food allergies. Further, policy and procedures aim to assist students with assuming more individual responsibility for their health and safety as they grow older, and to ensure full participation in their educational programs and school sponsored activities.

Director of School Health Services
Barbara Singer MSN, RN, NCSN
1155 Central Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
781-455-0416 x 382
Fax 781-453-5607
School Physician
Alan Stern, MD
School Nurses
Needham High School
Livia Rizzo M.Ed, BSN, RN
781-455-0800 x 2123
fax 781-453-5609
Jackie Kiley MS, RN
781-455-0800 x 2123
fax 781-453-5609
Lisa Austin MS, RN, NCSN
781-455-0800 x 2137
fax 781-453-5609
Pollard Middle School
Rosemary Leone, BSN, RN, NCSN
781-455-0480 x238
fax 781-453-5608
Debbie Brennan, BSN, RN
781-455-0480 x238
fax 781-453-5608
High Rock School
Carol Freedman, BSN, RN, NCSN
781 455-0455, Ext. 258
Fax 781-455-0412
Broadmeadow Elementary School
MaryBeth Arigo MSN, RN, CPNP
fax 781-453-2512
Eliot Elementary School
Patricia Flueckiger, M.Ed, BSN, RN, NCSN
(781) 455-0452 X 341
fax (781) 453-5603
Hillside Elementary School
Debbie Greiff, M.Ed, BSN, RN
(781) 455-0461 X 228
fax (781) 453-5605
Mitchell Elementary School
Sheila Eisenstadt, MSW, BSN, BA, RN
Fax: 781-453-5606
Newman Elementary School
Elaine Tenaglia M.Ed, BSN, RN
781-455-0416 x379
Fax: 781-453-5607
Nancy Solari MSN, RN
781-455-0416 x 138
Fax: 781-453-5607