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School Nurse Staff

Farley Gutierrez
School Nurse
Phone: (505) 821-4981 ex: 34503

Nichole Thomas
Health Assistant
Phone: (505) 821-4981 ex: 34504

Grade Level and New Student Health Screening

We want to make sure all of our students can see, hear and have basic health in order to learn! The following screenings are the required screenings for APS.

  • Kindergarten and students new to APS: Hearing, distance vision, stereopsis, color vision, height and weight, dental.
  • First Grade: Distance vision
  • Third Grade: Distance vision, height and weight, dental

If you do not want your child to receive these basic screenings please contact the health room in writing. Otherwise, all of these screenings will be completed prior to winter break. If any concerns are found you will be contact via telephone and letter.

No Insurance?

Did you know that APS offers fast and easy Medicaid Enrollment? In most instances, if your child qualifies, you will leave the appointment with your temporary medicaid card. This is a wonderful free service. Call 855-5261 to make an appointment or for more information. I have heard only good things about this service!!

Free Immunizations

Immunizations can be obtained free at the Bernalillo County Health Department Clinics. The number is 841-4100. Immunization records must be presented at the time of registration.


Should your child/ren become ill or injured at school, it is extremely important that we are able to reach you. Please ensure that the school staff is notified of any changes to your work or home telephone numbers. Also please provide us with a name and phone number of someone that we can contact in the event we cannot reach you. The emergency contact should live locally.

If a student becomes ill or injured at school, parents or the emergency contact will be asked to pick up the student in the event of:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Skin Rash (without documented reason)
  • Very red, swollen, draining eyes
  • Injury possibly needing medical attention

If your student is ill before school, please keep them at home. Students that are sent to school ill will not be allowed to stay in the Health Room during recess or P.E. unless they have a physician’s note.

Administration of Medications at School

Prescription Medication

Physician must submit written authorization for medication to be administered at school. The label on the medication bottle does not serve as a physician authorization. The prescription label and the physician’s authorization must match.

Over the Counter Medication

Can be administered at school with parental written consent. Medication that is taken for more than 5 consecutive days must have a physician’s authorization form.

Washing Hands to Stay Healthy

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

How should you wash your hands?

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

The Science Behind Washing Hands

What should you do if you don’t have soap and clean, running water?

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.

How do you use hand sanitizers?

  • Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

The Science Behind Hand Sanitizer