October 2018
Dear Parents,
As the weather begins to change, we will have children with sniffles and coughs in school. Your child’s best line of defense is good hand washing! Encourage your child to wash hands frequently throughout the day and especially before meals.
Please consider getting your child a flu shot to keep healthy during the winter. Remember that flu shots are mandatory for all Pre-K students. Make sure to call your school nurse if you have questions about this.
See attached brochures for additional tips to stay healthy.
Thank you!
Deb Chameides
Health Services Coordinator
Querido Padres,
Como el clima cambia, tendremos los estudiantes con moqueo y tos en las escuelas. La mejor defensa es que su hijo/hija se lave las manos bien! Anima a sus hijos/as que se laven las manos frecuentemente durante todo el día y especialmente antes de comer.
Por favor considere darle a su hijo/a una vacuna contra la gripe para mantenerse saludable durante el invierno. Recuerde que la vacuna contra la gripe es obligatoria para todos los estudiantes de Pre-K. Por favor de llamar a la enfermera en su escuela si tienes preguntas sobre esto.
Vea los folletos para consejo útil en como mantenerse saludable.
Deb Chameides, Coordinadora de Servicios de Salud
Flu Guide for parents Spanish


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5–11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth, and about 1 of 7 (13%) adolescents aged 12–19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth.

Poor oral health can have a detrimental effect on children’s quality of life, their performance at school, and their success later in life. Tooth decay is preventable and ensuring that students have the preventive oral health services they need in school is important in helping them stay healthy and ready to learn. Dental sealants prevent tooth decay and also stop cavities from growing – they result in a large reduction in tooth decay among school-aged children 5-16 years of age.

For more information about Hartford Public School’s School-Based Dental Clinics, please visit  Call #860-695-8780 to schedule a dental appt for your child. We treat every child regardless of insurance status.



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Other Important Links

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Healthy Mouth ADA Website 

How Sick is Too Sick?

Dangers of E cigarettes and Vaping

How to tell the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu.

Information about Head Lice

Infectious and Vaccine Preventable Disease Fact Sheets

HUSKY: Health Insurance for Children

Our Mission

Nursing Services envisions a holistic approach to health care which encompasses health promotion, health maintenance, detection of altered health status, and treatment of students within the school environment. Our primary aim is to collaborate with other health care providers, support staff, teachers, and parents to promote a healthy environment for students to learn at their optimal potential.

The Coordinator of Health Services is Debbie Chameides, MA, RN, MSN. She works year round Monday through Friday and is available to answer any questions about health services in the Hartford Public Schools. Please feel free to call or email her at:

Debbie Chameides

Hartford Public Schools
960 Main Street
Hartford, Ct. 06103

Our Medical Director, Dr. Kurt Myers, is available for medical consultation or policy questions and can be reached through Debbie at the contact information listed above.