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My name is Lea Reynolds and I am the school nurse this year.  Ms. Bertha Maldonado is our health assistant. 

We are here to help your students stay safe and healthy while learning, whether they are learning online at home, or in person at school.

As you know, school looks different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that there is much concern and stress about how we will protect your children and ourselves during this global pandemic. We want to share some information with you about what to expect from the health office this school year.

APS Sick Day Guidelines

I Need to Stay Home

I need to stay home if:

  • I have a fever. Temperature of 100 degrees F or higher.
  • I am vomiting. Within the past 24 hours.
  • I have diarrhea. Within the past 24 hours.
  • I have a rash. Body rash with itching or fever.
  • I have head lice. Itchy head, active head lice.
  • I have an eye infection. Redness, itching, and/or pus draining from eye.
  • I have been in the hospital. Hospital stay and/or emergency room visit.

I am Ready to go Back to School

I am ready to go back to school when I am:

  • Fever free without the assistance of medication for 24 hours (i.e., Tylenol, Motrin, Advil)
  • Free from vomiting for 24 hours.
  • Free from diarrhea for 24 hours.
  • Free from rash, itching or fever. I have ben evaluated by my doctor if needed.
  • Treated with appropriate lice treatment at home.
  • Free from drainage and/or have been evaluated by my doctor if needed.
  • Released by my medical provider to return to school.

If your child has strep throat or another bacterial infection, they should stay home until the antibiotic has been given for at least 24 hours and your health care provider has given permission for your child to return to school. We encourage you to seek medical attention when your child is sick and to follow your health care provider's recommendations about returning to school and other activities.

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Health Screenings

Health screens are completed yearly for Pre-k, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade and for students new to APS. These screenings include vision, hearing, height/weight, and dental.

Parents/guardians will be notified if there is any need for further attention in these areas.

If you would like to opt out from having your child screened, please notify the health office in writing.

Health Insurance

APS' Medicaid Department is available to help families enroll in Medicaid or refer for other eligible services. Please call 505-855-5261 or 505-855-9820 (for Spanish speakers) for more information.

Contact Information

Lea Reynolds, School Nurse
(505)- 877-3800 ex: 52604

Bertha Maldonado, Health Assistant
(505) 877-3800 ex: 52603

Health Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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Health Conditions

Chronic Health Conditions

Please let me know if your student has a chronic health condition for which s/he will need nursing support this school year.

If your student(s) will require medication or a procedure while at school, please have their provider fill out their specific form. See all Health Forms on the APS website. I cannot give a medication or carry out a procedure without this signed document.

Health Office Forms