Health Services

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 Services, Health Education, and Safety is Karen Jarvis-Vance, RN, BSN, NCSN. Ms. Jarvis-Vance is available year round to answer questions regarding all school health services, school health regulations, communicable diseases, immunization requirements, health education and school safety issues.

Karen Jarvis-Vance, (413) 587-1364

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.


A new Netflix series is trending among adolescents called "13 Reasons Why".  The Health Services Department is providing the information found in the handout below to better inform your choices around your child (ren) viewing this show, and your conversations with them about it.  Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to download the handout.

"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)

Parenting Transgender Youth in Western Massachusetts
A Publication of Community Action Youth Programs &
Northampton Prevention Coalition
A guide for parents, guardians, and supportive adults.
You are not alone.

Children and electronic media: How much is too much? Link

The Department of Early Education and Care is excited to announce the launch of a new website designed for parents in Massachusetts. One Tough Job ( provides parents with information and resources to help moms and dads be the best parents they can be. Please feel free to forward this message to your networks.

Health Services department is proud to now offer Nursing Care Coordination for students with complicated heath care needs!

Care Coordination is the process of organizing and coordinating resources and services in response to individual healthcare needs along the illness and care continuum and in multiple settings. This project will pilot a nursing care coordinator position, responsible for assessing, planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the options and services to meet an individual student’s health care needs across the continuum.  The position will also assist the primary care providers, school nursing, counseling, teaching and administrative staff to determine level of care and post-acute care needs.  Patti Zubini-Weiss, R.N., BSW, has been hired as the NPS Nursing Care Coordinator and she can be reached at (413) 587-1384 or

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