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Chelsea Public Schools Health Services

Mission Statement

An educated mind starts with a healthy body

Chelsea public school nurses are an integral part of the CPS educational team, dedicated to the physical, emotional, and social well-being of the students. We strive to advance the health of the students by removing medical barriers to enhance optimal learning. The nurses work with families, school staff, and providers to promote effective health care programs in the Chelsea school community.

Philosophy of School Health

The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as: "A specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate 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."

Health Services Documents

Screening Guidelines for Schools

Schools are required by Massachusetts General Law to provide health screenings for students (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.000) and follow up with the results of these screenings with families and referrals to primary health care providers as necessary.

  • Vision and Hearing: Vision screening is done yearly in grades PK through 5, and in grades 7 and 10. Hearing screening is done in PK-3, and in grades 7 and 10. Parents will be notified of any problems that necessitate a medical follow-up.
  • Postural Screening: The state of Massachusetts mandates that all students in grades 5 through 9 be screened for scoliosis. Your child's posture will be screened beginning in the fifth grade. Physician referrals will be made as needed.
  • Heights and Weights: The state of Massachusetts mandates that height, weight, and Body Mass Indexes (BMI) be calculated on children in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10 (or of comparable age). Parents will be notified of the results. Parents and guardians may waive this student screening by submitting a written request to the school nurse.

*NEW* SBIRT Screening

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (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.

  • Universal, annual screening (S) identifies healthy or unhealthy use.
  • Brief intervention (BI) provides feedback about unhealthy substance use. It also focuses on education; increasing student’s awareness of risks related to alcohol and substance use and enhances motivation toward healthy behavioral changes.
  • Referral to Treatment (RT) helps facilitate access to assessments and treatment.

SBIRT screening will be completed in two grades- 7th and 9th starting in 2017-2018 and this school year the CPS nursing team will complete CAMS grade 7 as a pilot for this year only.

*****Health Advisory****

Note to Chelsea families about the Zika virus (3/16/16)

The district is continuing to monitor reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other organizations regarding precautions and recommendations about the virus. According to the CDC, this remains a rapidly evolving situation, and new guidance will continue to come out as more is learned about specific risks linked to Zika virus infection. Resources, guidelines and updated information can be found at by clicking on the link for Zika. The district will update families of any effects precautions and travel guidelines could have on school-sponsored student trips should the situation change.

Health Team Directory

School Health Manager

  • Manager: Marie Washington, RN, BSN, M.Ed
    Office: 617-466-5314
    Work Cell: 617-592-0606
    Fax: 617-889-8455

John Silber Early Learning Center Main Office: 617-466-5150

  • Nurse: Denise Sinnott, RN, BSN, M.Ed
    Office: 617-466-5155 6/5158
    Fax: 617-889-8425

Berkowitz/Kelly School Main Office: 617-466-5300 6/5350

  • Nurse: Claudia Garzon, RN, BSN – Berkowitz
  • Nurse: Judana Bennett, RN, BSN - Kelly
    Office: 617-466-5310  6/5311
    Fax: 617-889-8455            

Hooks/Sokolowski School Main Office: 617-466-5400 617-466-5450

  • Nurse: Juliann Boesch, RN, BSN – Sokolowski
  • Nurse: Robert Rania, RN, BSN- Hooks
    Office: 617-466-5318 / 6/5316
    Fax: 617-889-8445

Williams Middle School Main Office: 617-466-5235 (W) 617-466-5240(B)

  • Nurse: Wright Science Tech. Academy
    • Nurse: Geraldine Conille, BSN, RN 6/5217 .

Browne Middle School

  • Nurse: Pallas James, BSN, RN - 6/1538
  • Health Office: 617.466.5211 nextell 617.596.2697 Fax: 617-889-6538

Clark Avenue Middle School Main Office: 617-466-5100

  • Nurse: Carol Zichella, BSN,RN
    Office: 617-466-5106
    Fax: 617-660-3050

Chelsea High School Main Office: 617.466.5002

  • Nurse: Justine Marie Hall, BSN, RN 6/5016
  • Nurse: Kim Sammons, MEd, BSN, RN 6/5059
  • Office: 617-466-5016 6/5059
    Fax: 617-889-8468


  • Andrea Rodriquez –
  • Ninette Porras –
  • Mayra Reyes -

Vision and Hearing Technician

  • Kimberly Geraci
    Office: 617-466-5317

Public Health Nurse

  • Office: 617-466-4083

Board of Health

  • Luis Prado, Director 617-466-5953

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District News

CPS Public Notices
9/7: Chelsea School Committee meets Thur. Sept 7.
Employment Opportunities New Clark Avenue Project

Important Closure Notice!
Because the City of Chelsea will be shutting off the water in the neighborhood of the Early Learning Center from 8a.m. - 4p.m. on Thursday, August 17, both the ELC building and the Parent Information Center will be closed on Thursday August 17, 2017. Both offices are scheduled to re-open on Friday August 18, 2017 with normal business hours.

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