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Welcome to Millbury Public Schools Health Services Page! 

The Health Offices are staffed by registered nurses to provide medical care and first aid for students and staff. Parents may contact the School Nurse at any time. The Millbury Public Schools encourage collaboration between parents or guardians and the school. 

Millbury School Nurses Contact Information:
 Elmwood Street School: 
Cynthia Romeo, BSN RN 
Ph: 508-865-0844
Fx: 508-865-3420
40 Elmwood Street, Millbury, MA 01527

Raymond E Shaw Elementary School:
Pamela Perkins, M.Ed BSN RN
Ph: 508-865-0870
 Fx: 508-865-3430 
58 Elmwood Street, Millbury MA 01527
Millbury Jr/Sr High School:
Angela Avramidis, BSN RN NCSN
Ph: 508-865-3256
Fx: 508-865-5845
12 Martin Street, Millbury MA 01527

Pertussis Information

posted Nov 14, 2017, 11:21 AM by Angela Avramidis   [ updated Nov 22, 2017, 5:04 AM ]


What is pertussis? 
Pertussis (also called whooping cough) is a disease caused by bacteria that spreads from person to person with close contact. Pertussis is often mild in older children and adults, but can cause serious problems in infants.

Who gets pertussis?
In MA, pertussis is most common among people 10-20 years old who have lost the protection they got from childhood vaccines. Infants are also likely to get the disease since they are often too young to have full protection from the vaccine.

What are the symptoms? 
Pertussis is a cough illness whose symptoms can range from mild to severe. It usually begins with cold-like symptoms, with a runny nose, sneezing and dry cough. The cough lasts for a week or two, then slowly gets worse. The next stage, which may last from four to six weeks, may be marked by coughing spells that are uncontrollable and may be followed by vomiting. Between spells, the person may appear to be well and usually there is no fever. These typical symptoms are more common in infants and young children. Vaccinated children, teens and adults may have milder symptoms that can seem like bronchitis.

How is pertussis spread?
The germs that cause pertussis live in the nose, mouth and throat and are sprayed into the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks. Other people can then inhale the germs in the droplets produced by the person with pertussis. Touching a tissue or sharing a cup used by someone with the disease can also spread the disease. The first symptoms usually appear 7 to 10 days after a person is exposed, although sometimes people do not get sick for up to 21 days after their last exposure.

How is pertussis diagnosed?
A doctor may think a patient has pertussis based on their symptoms, however, a culture or blood test are the only ways to be sure. The culture is taken by swab from the back of the nose if the patient has been coughing for two weeks or less. In children 11 years and older, a blood test can be done when the cough has persisted for longer than two weeks.

How can pertussis be prevented? 
Although DTaP vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) usually provides adequate protection against pertussis to children, the effects of the vaccine wear off over time, leaving most teens and adults at risk of the disease. However, a vaccine for teens and adults, called Tdap, is now recommended to give protection against pertussis in these age groups. Tdap is given as a single “booster” dose. If you have not yet had a dose of Tdap, contact your healthcare provider to discuss receiving this vaccine. Antibiotics are sometimes given to help prevent illness in the contacts of someone with pertussis, or to decrease infectiousness in someone with pertussis. After five days of treatment a case is no longer contagious.

What should I do? 
If pertussis symptoms develop, you should contact your child’s health care provider so that he/she can be tested and treated. People who are symptomatic and who have had close contact with a case of pertussis will be excluded from public activities until they have completed 5 days of appropriate antibiotic therapy.

Please follow this link for more information from the Immunization Action Coalition. You can also find more Pertussis information at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

Pertussis Advisory Letter from DPH (Millbury High School)

9th Grade Screening dates: Postural

posted Nov 8, 2017, 5:19 AM by Angela Avramidis

  • November 8th: Day 1 Maroon: A113
  • November 13th: Day 2 Gold: A103 & A106
  • November 14th: Day 3 Maroon: A209 & C124
  • November 15th: Day 4 Gold: A208

Thank you to the Millbury Parents Club!!!

posted Sep 27, 2017, 7:13 AM by Angela Avramidis   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 11:01 AM ]

Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental illnesses, and affect 25 percent of all teens and 30 percent of all teen girls. This anxiety is seen in the Health Office in the form of emotional distress and panic attacks...

Through the support of Principal Bennett and the Millbury Parents Club, The MJSHS Health Office was able to obtain an IPAD Mini and Inner Balance Biofeedback Sensor. The Millbury Parents Club generously purchased and donated these items to the MJSHS Health Office!

This Science based technology has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety by increasing inner balance and self-security.

*Sadie Haglund pictured modeling our new technology*

10th & 7th Grade Health Screenings

posted Sep 25, 2017, 11:46 AM by Angela Avramidis   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 2:33 PM ]

10th Grade Screening Dates: BMI, Vision & Hearing
  • October 2nd: CDS Rm C115: Teacher: M Blessington (Day 4 Gold)
  • October 3rd: CDS Rm B220: Teacher: M. Cote (Day 5 Maroon)
  • October 4th: CDS Rm A205: Teacher: M. DeMaria (Day 6 Gold)
  • October 5th: CDS Rm A207: Teacher: S. Morin (Day 7 Gold)
  • October 10th: CDS Rm B202: Teacher: B Kodra (Day 1 Maroon)
  • October 12th: CDS Rm B201: Teacher: C. Moran (Day 3 Maroon)
7th Grade Screening Dates: BMI, Hearing, Postural
  • October 16th: CDS Rm E105: Teacher: T. Rucho
  • October 17th: CDS Rm E130: Teacher: E. Bradstreet
  • October 18th: CDS Rm E110: Teacher: N. Just
  • October 19th: CDS Rm E213: Teacher: E. Christensen
  • October 23rd: CDS Rm E104: Teacher: C. Przygoda
  • October 24th: CDS Rm A201: Teacher: T. Hamilton
***See High School Nursing Newsletter on the left hand side of this page for more info***

Please talk with your kids about the risks of vaping...

posted Sep 6, 2017, 9:33 AM by Angela Avramidis   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 8:04 AM ]

Massachusetts has experienced an increase in vaping (use of e-cigarettes or vape pens) by young people. It is important to realize that vape pens are not just another harmless fad, but that they usually contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance, that is getting them hooked on these products. Nearly 24% of high-school-aged youth in Massachusetts report using e-cigarettes and almost 45% have used them at least once.


E-cigarettes or vape pens come in over 8,000 different flavors to better attract young people, and it's working. Flavors are the leading reason that youth are using e-cigarettes, and the nicotine in these products leads to sustained use. In fact, more high school youth in Massachusetts are now using e-cigarettes than all other tobacco products combined, AND they are using them nine times more often than adults.


The tobacco industry has made these products sweet, cheap, and easy to get because they know that people who start using nicotine products in adolescence have a harder time quitting than people who start as adults.


Talk with your teenagers about vaping and make sure they know that vaping is harmful and that nicotine is addictive and affects their brain development negatively, including increased risk for depression, mood disorders, or future drug addiction. For more information, visit or contact




For Teacher's & Paras: Managing Food Allergies in Schools

posted Sep 6, 2017, 5:28 AM by Angela Avramidis

Please see the following attachment from the CDC. It has excellent information on the role of teachers and paras in allergy management, as well as the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions and field trip tips!


posted Aug 18, 2017, 3:36 PM by Angela Avramidis   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 3:36 PM ]

When your child receives immunizations, at either a well visit or throughout the year, please be sure to forward a copy of their updated immunization record to the school nurse. Thank you!

Health Requirements

posted Aug 18, 2017, 3:31 PM by Angela Avramidis   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 3:31 PM ]

The following call went out to Millbury families on Thursday, 8-17-17...

Good Afternoon,

This is Angela Avramidis, the school nurse for the Millbury Memorial Junior Senior High School. I am calling to inform parents that the state of Massachusetts and Department of Public Health require school nurses to collect physical exam reports for students in specific grades. If your child is entering Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 4, Grade 7, or Grade 10 this school year, please forward a copy of your child’s most recent physical examination to your child’s school. If you have any questions about your child’s health records or the status of these requirements, feel free to call or email your school nurse. Contact information for the nurses is available on the health services website at Please review your child’s student handbook or check the website to view additional requirements and health information. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we are looking forward to seeing all our students next week. Have a great day.

!!! ATTN: Parents of students advancing to 7th Grade !!!

posted Jul 26, 2017, 7:49 AM by Angela Avramidis

Please be aware that all students who will be advancing to the 7th grade this fall are required to have both their Second Varicella vaccine and the TDaP vaccine prior to the start of school in August. Check with your child's PCP to be sure they are up to date with these immunizations and/or to schedule an appointment soon. 

Medication Order Reminder!!!

posted Aug 12, 2016, 7:30 PM by Angela Avramidis   [ updated Aug 12, 2016, 7:34 PM ]

Don't forget... 
Doctor's orders/parental authorization signatures must be renewed YEARLY for all prescription or over-the-counter medications.  

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