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Welcome to the Health Office, my name is Priscilla Chavez and I am the school nurse this year. Our school's health assistant is Patty Castro. We are excited to work with you and your child this school year.

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 Health Forms. I cannot give a medication or carry out a procedure without this signed document. Your child's doctor/provider will have to complete these health forms every school year.

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Health Insurance

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

A Great Idea

It is a great idea to always keep a change of clothing in your students backpack.

Reasons to Keep Your Child Home When Sick

APS Student Daily Questionnaire

Any undiagnosed or unknown rash (a rash that has not been seen or treated by a health care provider).

If antibiotic treatment is needed, your child should remain home for the first full 24 hours of medication. Please call the health office if you have additional questions.

Remember if your childs' symptoms change, worsen or don’t get better please call your health care provider.

COVID-19 Information

Each day before sending your child to school, please review the following questions regarding your child’s health.

Please note, if you answer yes to any of the questions, please do not send your child to school. Contact a medical provider or call the COVID Hotline at 855-600-3453, then call the health office at your child’s school. You will also have to call in their absence to the front office so that their attendance can be coded appropiately.

Questions for APS Students Before They Go to School:

  • Does your child currently have a temperature of over 100.4 degrees?
  • In the past 24 hours, has your child experienced:
  • Temperature 100.4 degrees or higher, chills
  • Sore throat, runny nose or congestion
  • New frequent, dry cough (for students with chronic allergies/asthma, a change in baseline cough)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or nausea
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New onset of headache
  • Fatigue or muscle or body aches
  • Has your child recently been in close contact with anyone who has exhibited any of these symptoms?
  • Has your child recently been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Keep this checklist handy, so you can check it daily before sending your child to school.

Get more information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing from the New Mexico Department of Health website.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Websites where you can make an appointment for a Covid-19 test:

Notify the Health Office

Pleaese notify the health office by phone or email if your child tests positive for covid, is a close contact to someone who tests positive or if someone in the household is positive for covid. We have a process in place at school and we are here to assist you in this process.

Where do you send Covid test results? Email us the results and we will call you when we receive your mail.


  • If you think you have COVID-19 or have questions, call 1-855-600-3453.
  • If you need help with child care, food, supplies or loss of income, call 1-833-551-0518.
  • For emotional or mental health crisis, call New Mexico Crisis Line 1-855-662-7474

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Information

Our students are beginning to get vaccinated. Once a student reaches 2 weeks after their second dose of covid vaccine they are considered fully vaccinated and will not be required to quarantine in the event that they are deemed to be a close contact to somebody with Covid-19 if they remain asymptomatic. Once your child has received both doses of vaccine, please email immunizations records to Patty Castro at, the Health Assistant, and she will get them on file.