Health Office

Healthy Students are Better Learners

505-891-8473 ext. 2

Ann Garcia, BSN, RN, NCSN
School Nurse

Erika Johnson
Health Assistant

In preparation for the closing of the Health Office at the end of this school year, we request that all medications stored in the office be retrieved by the student's parent or guardian.  The medications will not be returned to the student to take home.

The health office staff will dispose of any medication not picked up by the last day of school, May 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

The health office is a facility where sick or injured students are triaged, assessed, treated and/or referred for further treatment. It is staffed with a State Department of Education licensed school nurse or trained health assistant.

All efforts will be made to return a student to class if deemed appropriate by the health office staff. A student may be considered a candidate for exclusion from school or from the school bus at the discretion of the health room staff. Reasons for exclusion from school or bus may include, but are not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, fever of 100 degrees or greater, significant injury, or symptoms not responding to treatment.

***Children may not return to school until they are free of fever for 24 hours without the aid of symptom reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Children who have incidents of vomiting or diarrhea may return the following day when the symptoms are no longer present. Students may not come to school if they have been experiencing vomiting or diarrhea the evening before, or the morning of school attendance.***
Students who are placed on antibiotics by their physician must remain at home for the first 24 hours of therapy.

.All medication will be dispensed according to the Rio Rancho Public Schools medication policy and procedure: 1) Prescription medications will be dispensed in the health office when accompanied by a completed Medication Authorization form, and the medication is in its original pharmacy labeled container. 2) In the case of over-the-counter medication, the parent will provide the medication in an original sealed container and complete an “Over the Counter” Medication Authorization form. 3) All medication will be brought to school by parent or guardian.

In the case of a serious illness or accident, every effort will be made to contact the parent or guardian. If the student’s condition appears to be an emergency, the Rio Rancho Emergency Medical System (911) will be called.

Parents are responsible for notifying the school with any updates to the emergency information if there are any changes during the school year. This may include health, phone numbers or emergency contacts.