Health Services

Hello from Nurse Casserly! 



Please do not hesitate to contact me.  I can be reached by telephone, email or via a dedicated fax line. I am also  generally available in the Health Office fifteen minutes before the start of school and thirty minutes after dismissal. 

Phone: 781-455-0416 x 55379
Fax: 833-296-7391
Email: 
Jessica_Casserly@needham.k12.ma.us 



Required medical forms are available in the health office or may be downloaded from the District's Health Services Forms and Policies.

For answers to our commonly asked questions, please refer to School Nurses FAQS.


August 5, 2021

I look forward to returning to school this fall.  If your student will require medication during the school day please use this link to sign up for medication drop off: 
 
If you will require an alternative time please contact me directly.

Nurse Casserly


November 10, 2020

The SNAP Student Health Portal is up and running.  At this time not all Needham Public Schools have chosen to use this platform. It is the decision of each school nurse if they choose to use the portal

All students at Newman Elementary School 
have been  invited.  Please look for an email with the subject, "Needham Public School Welcomes you to the SNAP Health Portal".  If you do not have it in your inbox it might be in your SPAM or JUNK mail.  This will include your initial password. You can change this under settings once you are logged in.  Once logged in, pease be sure to check that all contacts and health alerts are accurate and up to date. 
 
Using the portal is completely optional but a convenient way to communicate with the school nurse. You can easily upload health forms, immunizations,  update health alerts or  inform me of any health concerns.  
If you do not want to access the portal there is nothing you need to do, simply ignore any emails from the portal.  No urgent issues will ever be communicated through the portal.  A phone call will always occur for urgent issues. 

Please contact me with any questions
Nurse Casserly 


October 21, 2020

Reminders:
- Please be sure to complete and return the School Nurse Emergency Card.  If you need a card please notify Carol Patsio. 

- Influenza Vaccine are required by the state by December 31st 2020. Documentation can be emailed to me @ Jessica_Casserly@needham.k12.ma.us or uploaded directly using the school health portal.  

- If your student has a pending COVID test he/she must wait at home until the results are back before they can come into the school building. Please email results BEFORE returning to school. Again, documentation can be emailed to me @ Jessica_Casserly@needham.k12.ma.us or uploaded directly using the school health portal.  



Illnesses:

I'd like to thank all the Newman parents and guardians for your cooperation and understanding this year. As a reminder please refer to the symptoms checklist before school every day.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me when deciding if your student can attend school.  

While this year is unique I really appreciate your understanding if your student must be dismissed due to illness while at school.  Teachers and staff are my eyes and ears. They know your children better then I do and I rely on them to report to me if he/she is not well.  By the time I am called, the teacher has done many interventions to try to encourage your student to remain in school. My number 1 priority is to keep students in the classroom. However, given the current health crisis, I also have to consider the health and safety of our building. 
When deciding if your student needs to be dismissed I refer to the school district  
illness guidelines. 

Thank you, 
Nurse Casserly 


September 15th 2020

In preparation for coming back into the School building please review the district site for your daily student symptom checklist   and plans for reopening our schools.

If your student will be absent from school please copy me on any emails to his/her classroom teacher. 

If your student has any symptoms on the checklist please call my office. We must connect  before your student can return to school.  

Looking forward to seeing your students soon!

Nurse Casserly

June 1st 2020


It is hard to believe we have been out of the school building for over 2 months.  While I have enjoyed the extra time with my 1st and 5th grader, we have experienced many ups and downs as we navigated virtual learning and social distancing.  As a parent, I always feel like I need to have all the answers.  When they have asked  questions about the future it was overwhelming for me to be unable to give them guidance.   Unfortunately, with the current state of things there are no answers that I can provide them with.  Instead, I chose to be honest and we have had many conversations about the unknown and discuss our feelings around how scary that feels. 

Last week at the principal coffee hour I gave this presentation on how to communicate with your student about COVID-19. You can view that here: health and wellness .pdf
There are several resources listed in the presentation.  I hope you find them helpful.  Please reach out if you need additional guidance. 


Nurse Casserly  

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