Health Services

Director of Nursing / Health Services

Pamela Rivers

riversp@fitchburg.k12.ma.us

MPH, BSN, RN, NCSN

DESE certification


Fitchburg High School

140 ArnHow Farm Road

Fitchburg, MA 01420

Phone: (978)343-2134

Fax: (978)345-3260

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Pooled testing involves mixing several test samples together in a “batch” or “pool,” and then testing the pooled sample with a diagnostic, PCR test for detection of SARS-CoV-2. This approach increases the number of individuals that can be tested using the same amount of laboratory resources as a single PCR test.


The test is performed at least once per week on an anterior nasal swab and results are delivered within approximately 24-48 hours. If a pooled test result is negative, then all individuals within that pool are presumed negative and may continue to remain in school. If a pooled test result is positive, then everyone in the pool is given an individual diagnostic test. Once positive individuals are identified, they must follow isolation guidance. Students, teachers, and staff that were close contacts of the positive case must quarantine according to current requirements.

Group testing is so easy. Take a look at McKay Arts Academy third-grader, Juan. It's so simple!

Las pruebas grupales son muy fáciles. Eche un vistazo al alumno de tercer grado de McKay Arts Academy, Juan. ¡Es tan simple!

HEALTH ADVISORIES AND RESOURCES

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MEDICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS

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CROCKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

200 Bigelow RoadFitchburg, MA 01420Phone: (978) 345-3290 or (978) 345-3291Fax: (978) 348-2306
Vicki BidlemanBSN, RN, DESE certificationbidlemanv@fitchburg.k12.ma.us
Venessa Francois BSN, RN, DESE certificationfrancoisv@fitchburg.k12.ma.us

REINGOLD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

70 Reingold AvenueFitchburg, MA 01420Phone: (978) 345-3287 or (978) 345-3288Fax: (978) 345-3230
Ana DiazBSN, RN, DESE certificationdiaza@fitchburg.k12.ma.us
Malcolm Lillie, Jr.MS, BSN, RN, NCSN, ALS certified, DESE cert.lilliem@fitchburg.k12.ma.us

SOUTH STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

376 South StreetFitchburg, MA 01420Phone: (978) 345-3281 Fax: (978) 343-2108
Debbie DuteauMSN, BSN, RN - DESE certificationduteaud@fitchburg.k12.ma.us
Mary (Molly) ReidMSN, BSN, RN - DESE certification reidm@fitchburg.k12.ma.us

MCKAY ARTS ACADEMY

67 Rindge RoadFitchburg, MA 01420Phone: (978) 665-3524Fax: (978) 665-4924
Pierina MurrayMSN, BSN, RNmurrayp@fitchburg.k12.ma.us Lisa St. John BSN, RN, BLS & ALS certification, DESE certificationstjohnl@fitchburg.k12.ma.us
Helen Tisdale BSN, RN, NCSN, DESE certificationtisdaleh@fitchburg.k12.ma.us

LONGSJO MIDDLE SCHOOL

98 Academy StreetFitchburg, MA 01420 Phone: (978) 348-2325Fax: (978) 343-2882
Kimberly KasparianBSN, RN, DESE certificationkaspariank@fitchburg.k12.ma.us
Lisa St. John BSN, RN, BLS & ALS certification, DESE certificationstjohnl@fitchburg.k12.ma.us
Mary ThomasBSN, RN, CPN, DESE certificationthomasmk@fitchburg.k12.ma.us

MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

615 Rollstone StreetFitchburg, MA 01420Phone: (978) 345-3275 or (978) 345-3295Fax: (978) 343-2106
Nancy O’ReillyBSN, RN, NCSN, DESE certificationoreillyn@fitchburg.k12.ma.us
Tricha Plourde BSN, RN, NCSN, DESE certification plourdet@fitchburg.k12.ma.us

FITCHBURG HIGH SCHOOL

140 ArnHow Farm RoadFitchburg, MA 01420 Phone: (978) 345-3256 Fax: (978) 343-2114
Christine Boudreau BSN, RN, BLS certificationboudreauc@fitchburg.k12.ma.us
Jacqueline LessardMS, BSN, RN, NCSN, DESE certificationlessardj@fitchburg.k12.ma.us

GOODRICH ACADEMY

100 Goodrich Street Fitchburg, MA 01420Phone: (978) 345-3244
Jessica Madrigal BSN, RN, DESE certificationmadrigalj@fitchburg.k12.ma.us

Health Services Links

Supports for moments of mental or behavioral health crisis

To access a nationwide 24/7 Crisis Text Line, text “HELLO” to 741741 and to be connected directly with a crisis counselor.

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Ok2Talk.org is geared towards providing mental health resources to youth. Includes offering the opportunity for teens and young adults to submit their stories.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) offers resources to get support or find a treatment facility, visit https://www.samhsa.gov/.

The National Alliance for Mental Health offers a helpline M – F, 10 am – 8 pm EST. Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) to reach a HelpLine volunteer who can answer questions, provide support and give guidance on practical next steps.

The Asian Mental Health Collective offers international resources and crisis lines including one that provides support in Asian languages: call 1-877-990-8585.

Mental Health America offers a comprehensive set of infographics and resources to learn more about mental health in the BIPOC and LGTBQ+ communities.