Health & Wellness

The primary purpose of Health Services is to encourage positive health practices among all students at the Academy. Each student is responsible for their own health practices and may wish to consider the following in making choices about their lifestyle:

  • Healthy decision-making
  • Concepts of preventative medicine
  • Coping with stress and distress
  • Principles of nutrition and weight control
  • The effects of smoking, drugs, and alcohol
  • The importance of sleep
  • The value of personal hygiene
  • Health Services is available to provide the necessary information for students to make responsible decisions about their own lifestyles and health practices. Recognizing that each individual has unique needs and goals, Health Services strives to maintain and/or restore the physical and mental health of each student so that they may obtain an optimal level of wellness.

    In addition, Health Services encourages communication between students and parents and works to facilitate better understanding so that the needs and goals of both parties may be satisfied.

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    Rose Power, R.N., B.S.N

    Director of Health Services
    Phone: 413.596.9130
    Fax: 413.596.3655

    Health Services Hours
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Health Services Handbook

    Forms & Information

    School immunization requirements exist to protect students and members of the community from serious vaccine-preventable diseases by ensuring high vaccine rates.

    WMA follows the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines. Students must be up to date with required immunizations in order to attend school. A medical or religious exemption is acceptable if we receive documentation from a parent and primary care physician at the start of the academic year.  

    There has been one change in vaccine requirements for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please see the New Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine Requirement for School Entry information listed below.

    *All students entering Grades 7 and 11 will need meningococcal conjugate vaccine, MenACWY (brand names Menactra and Menveo) for school entry.

    • Grade 7 entry: one dose of MenACWY for all students
    • Grade 11 entry: one booster dose of MenACWY received on or after 16 years of age (one or more doses of MenACWY are acceptable as long as one dose was received on or after 16 years of age).

     

    REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR SCHOOL ENTRY

    (To have one of the Vaccine Information Statements translated to another language, please us this site https://www.immunize.org/vis/.)

     

    MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) - VIS form

    • Two doses required, first dose given after first birthday
    • Minimum of four weeks between doses
    • Blood work showing positive titres is acceptable

    DPT, DTaP, Td (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) VIS form

    • Five doses mandatory for school entry
    • Boosters every 10 years.

    Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) - VIS form

    • One dose required before entering grade 7

    POLIO (IPV, OPV) - VIS form

    • Four doses mandatory for school entry.
    • If four doses are given before age 4, then a fifth dose is required.
    • Child is required to have a polio vaccine after age 4.

    VARICELLA (chicken pox) - VIS form

    • Two doses varicella OR positive titer OR history of disease.
    • Minimum of four weeks between doses if age 13 or older

    HEPATITIS B - VIS form

    • Three doses OR positive titer
    • Minimum four weeks between Doses 1 and 2
    • Minimum three months between Doses 2 and 3

    MenACWY (Menactra or Menveo) - VIS form

    • Grade 7 entry: One dose of MenACWY for all students
    • Grade 11 entry: One booster dose of MenACWY received on or after age 16 (one or more doses of MenACWY are acceptable as long as one dose was received on or after age 16).

    Recommended Vaccines (may be administered at WMA if requested):

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    On Aug. 21, Massachusetts health officials mandated that all students attending school in the state of Massachusetts receive a flu vaccine before Dec. 31, 2020. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to help reduce flu-related illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is especially important to get the flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic because:

    • Flu vaccination reduces the prevalence and severity of illness caused by the flu, reducing symptoms that might be confused with those of COVID-19
    • It will reduce the overall burden of respiratory illness and will protect people at higher risk for severe illness of both flu and COVID-19 
    • The reduction of outpatient illnesses, hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions from flu vaccination will alleviate stress on the health care system

    WMA's Health Services Office will be administering the flu vaccine to all our residential students after receiving the signed informed consent from a parent or guardian. I am asking our day student families to get their children immunized by their primary care providers or local pharmacies that offer the flu vaccine. If we have additional flu vaccines after immunizing our residential students, I will offer the remaining vaccines to our day students.

    Parents of residential students: please read this Vaccine Information Statement, sign the consent form and return to me as soon as possible at rpower@wma.us.

    Parents of day students, please send me proof of immunization against influenza as soon as your child receives the vaccine. The deadline for receiving the vaccine is Dec. 31, 2020. Please contact me if you have any questions.

    For additional information, see https://www.cdc.gov/flu/season/protect-your-health.html

    Thank you as always for your continued support and understanding.

    Sincerely,

    Rose Power
    Director of Health Services
    rpower@wma.us
    Fax: 413.596.3655

    Updates from Health Services from Rose Power, Director of Health Services

    June 14: Opening of School update from Head of School Brian P. Easler
    March 19: Updates from Health Services
    Feb. 5: Health Update newsletter

    Meet the Staff

    Rose Power R.N., B.S.N

    Titles: Director of Health Services
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    Amy Crocker

    Titles: Nurse
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    Tess Presnal

    Titles: School Counselor, Faculty (Wellness)
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    Lucie Ziemba R.N., B.S.N.

    Titles: Nurse
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