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Doyle Admin Building
545 W. Dayton St.
Madison WI 53703
Fax: (608) 204-0349
Sally Zirbel-Donisch
Sally Zirbel-Donisch, MS, RN, CPNP
Health Services Coordinator
Office: 608-663-8427
Email Sally
Lynne Svetnicka
Lynne Svetnicka, MS, RN, CPNP
Lead Nurse
Office: 608-663-8424
Email Lynne
Sara Parrell
Sara Parrell, MS, RN
Lead Nurse
Office: 608-442-2170
Email Sara
Cynthia Ramsfield
Cynthia Ramsfield
Program Assistant
Office: 608-663-8437
Email Cindy

ImportantWisconsin Student Immunization Law

All students attending Wisconsin Schools must show evidence of having received at least minimum protection against certain vaccine preventable communicable diseases. School vaccine requirements are minimum requirements and do not include all of the immunizations that are recommended for children. Your health care provider can give you information about all recommended immunizations. MMSD may be able to automatically obtain your child's immunization record directly through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) if you indicate during the school registration process that you allow release of your child's immunization record. Your child's school nurse will review your child's immunization record and contact you if your child does not meet the minimum requirements for his or her grade level.

Here are some resources for more information:

  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services Student Immunization Law Age/Grade Requirements (English - Spanish - Hmong)
  • MMSD Health Services Immunization Page
  • For questions about requirements for your child, contact your child's school health office.  


Link for Voices of Meningitis Website 

Important information for parents of Middle and High School Students

Get the facts about Meningococcal disease: Resources for Parents (English - Spanish)

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What is the role of the school nurse and nurse's assistant?

The School Nurse is responsible for coordinating and managing the health needs of individual students during the school day, as well as promoting health and safety for all students at their school. Nurses provide direction, training, and delegation to the Nurse's Assistants. 

Nurse's Assistants care for ill and injured students, complete clerical work, and carry out delegated nursing activities (such as the giving of medications) under the  direction and supervision of the School Nurse. 

The Health Services Coordinator supervises and evaluates the care given by RNs and NAs. Working closely with other MMSD administrators and community partners, she is responsible for Health Services program planning, quality assurance, staffing, and responding to crises. She is assisted by School Nurse Leaders who provide program and clinical support to school nurses and nurse’s assistants across the district.

List of all School Nurses Phone and Fax Numbers