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School Health

Welcome from the Director of School Health Services
Newton School Health Services are provided by school nurses who work for the Health and Human Services Department.  Care is delivered in a comprehensive way recognizing that students' health and well-being have a direct impact on school performance and educational achievement. Each of Newton's schools has a dedicated professional school nurse who administers mandated services and assumes an expanded role. Mandated services include immunization surveillance, medication administration and population-based screening programs. The expanded role includes care for illness and injury, wellness, teaching/training, student advocacy and school-based team collaboration.
The Director of School Health Services, Ruth Hoshino, RN, oversees School Health Services in Newton.
To reach her, call (617) 796-1420 or email

To contact the School Nurse at your child's school, call or email the health room.
Most email addresses are

School Health Forms

New Student Information

All Kindergarten and New Students (Grades 1 to 12) must complete a Medical Registration Form and Physical Examination Form. For the Physical Examination Form, you may use one from your health care provider, or this Physical Exam Form to be completed by Physician. Forms should be returned to the School Nurse at your child's school. Questions about these forms during the school year can be directed to the School Nurse. During the summer months, questions may be directed to the Health & Human Services Department at (617) 796-1420

Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements 2019-2020

Medication Administration

All medication ( prescription and over-the-counter) requires a Medication Permission Form. The form must be renewed each school year and requires a doctor's order.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccine

Flu vaccine is administered at no cost during the school day to students and staff each fall. Please visit our flu page for specific dates and to download the necessary forms.
Questions may be directed to the school nurse at your child's school.

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

SBIRT  is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach for early identification and intervention with students whose patterns of alcohol and/or drug use put their health at risk. Newton Public Schools students in 8th and 10th grades will be screened during the 2017-18 academic year.

MASBIRT Training & Technical Assistance- SBIRT in Schools Resources
7 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Alcohol and Other Drugs
Underage Drinking Prevention Parent Resources from SAMHSA
Marijuana Talk Kit

Surgeon General's E-cigarette resources
CDC E-cigarette resources
E-cigarette letter from high school principals

School Health Policies

Medication Permission Form and Policy
Life-Threatening Allergies
Head Injury/Concussion
Exclusion Policy

Health Information

Allergy Action Plan
Asthma Action Plan
Head Lice
How Will My Child Get to School?

Head Injury Forms

Head Injury Report Form for Parents
Concussion Pre-participation form
Post Head Injury Medical Clearance Form

Teachers, Staff & PTO

PTO Bake Sale Guidelines
Immunization Requirements for Teachers and Staff

Summer Stories

Summertime often means less scheduled days, visits with extended family members, and perhaps a family vacation. This time of longer days opens the door to opportunities to tell stories. And telling these stories just may make a difference in your child’s health and well-being.

Researchers at Emory University developed the “Do You Know?” (DYK) scale, a series of questions about family stories. In their study, children and adolescents who knew more of the answers on the DYK scale showed higher well-being on multiple measures including higher self-esteem, lower anxiety, and fewer behavioral problems. The study highlighted the importance of the process of families sharing stories about their lives.

So the school nurses challenge all families to share a story this summer whether you’re in the car on the way to camp, sitting around a campfire, or gathering for a meal after work. Click on the links below to learn more and to see the full DYK scale.

Article by Dr. Marshall P. Duke, one of the authors of the study

Article by Dr. Robyn Fivush, one of the authors of the study

Article by Dr. Robert Brooks, former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital

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