Health Office

New Students Registering for the 2018-19 School Year

Please bring a copy of current shot records for the Health Office.
Health Office Guidelines
OUR HEALTH ROOM - The health room is where sick or injured students can be 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.
STUDENTS VISITING THE HEALTH OFFICE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY - All efforts to return a student to class will be made if deemed appropriate by the health room staff. A student may be considered a candidate for exclusion from school or from the bus at the discretion of the health room staff. Reasons for exclusion from school and the bus may include but are not limited to vomiting, diarrhea, and fever of 100 or greater, significant injury not responding to treatment.

Children may not return to school until they are free from symptoms for 24 hours without the aid of symptom reducing medications such as Tylenol, or Ibuprofen. Do not send students to school that are sick and not feeling well, not only for the welfare of the student but also the other students and staff.
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 and/or guardians are responsible for notifying the school with any updates to the emergency card if there are any changes during the school year. This may include health, phone numbers or emergency contacts.



Clothing at school


Clothing Changes
Please note that the health office cannot provide clothing changes. Parents are encouraged to provide a clothing change for kindergarten children and children in other grades if it is anticipated that changes will be needed. We will call parents to bring a change of clothes if needed.

All medication will be dispensed according to RRPS
Medication Policy and Procedures
Medication permission forms must be completed by your child's Health Care Provider and parent for each medication to be given at school and submitted to the school Health Office.

Please Note-
To minimize exposing other children and school staff to communicable illness at school, any student who has a fever must stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours (without the aid of Tylenol/Motrin or other fever reducing medication). For example, if your child has a fever at 5pm on Monday and is given Tylenol or Motrin, they will not be able to return to school until Wednesday. Students who have a fever should not be given fever reducing medication and then sent to school because they are still contagious.

If your child is vomiting they should stay home until they can tolerate a soft diet without vomiting or nausea. Students may not come to school if they have been experiencing vomiting the evening before, or the morning of school attendance.

Students with diarrhea may return to school when their diarrhea has improved to the extent that they can participate in normal activities .

Please be aware than when the Health Office calls to let you know your child is sick, they need to be picked up promptly. The Health Office cannot give medication to reduce fevers without a physician or over the counter order. Students should be picked up within 30 minutes of the phone calllStudents cannot be put on a bus when they are sick and we cannot hold them in the Health Office until the end of their school day.






Media Contact: Paul Rhien

Phone: (505) 470-2290



Flu Cases Widespread Across New Mexico

Most common flu virus going around is covered by this season’s flu vaccine


SANTA FE, NM -- The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports widespread flu activity across New Mexico and expects heightened activity for weeks to come. NMDOH encourages residents who haven’t gotten the annual flu shot to do so as soon as possible as this year’s influenza vaccine is proving effective in reducing a person’s risk of having to visit the doctor’s office for influenza by nearly half.


“We are only at the halfway point of the 2016-2017 flu season, so anyone’s chances of getting the flu are far from over,” said Lynn Gallagher, Department of Health Cabinet Secretary. “Flu can infect anyone - including healthy people - sometimes more than once per flu season. All of us have a responsibility to help protect ourselves and those close to us who may be at high risk of serious flu complications such as hospitalization and death.”


Since January, flu-related hospitalizations have climbed threefold, with young children 0-4 years of age and those older than 65 years having the highest risk. The predominant virus circulating is influenza A(H3), which is included in this season’s vaccine.


Already 34 pneumonia and flu deaths have been reported during the 2016-2017 season. Last season, 190 New Mexicans died of pneumonia and/or flu.


It is recommended everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine. With more flu season still to come, getting a flu vaccination if you haven’t already gotten one, or even if you think you already had the flu this season, is important and can still protect you from illness. Flu vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu that may be circulating at any given time, and people can get infected with more than one type of flu during the season.


The Department of Health recommends New Mexicans talk with their healthcare provider or pharmacist about getting the flu vaccine. The Department offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get vaccinated. Those with Medicaid or other insurance who go to Public Health Offices are asked to bring their insurance card. Flu frequently causes types of pneumonia that can also be prevented by the pneumococcal vaccine, so asking your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you need the pneumococcal vaccine (which can be given at the same time as flu vaccine) is also recommended.


People in high risk groups and those who live with or care for high risk individuals are especially encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu. People in high risk groups are at increased risk for having serious flu‐related complications, such as hospitalization and death. Flu vaccination is highly recommended for the following high risk groups:

  • Pregnant women (any trimester) and up to two weeks post-partum
  • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
  • People age 65 and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, and lung or heart disease and those with immunosuppression from medication or disease
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including healthcare personnel and caregivers of babies younger than 6 months
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives
  • People who are morbidly obese


While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading the flu include: washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.


To find out more about flu vaccination clinics throughout New Mexico, visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder at or visit to the NMDOH flu website:


Stevenson, Carey  
School Nurse
Business: 505-896-3378 X514
Romero, Denise
Health Assistant
Business: 505-896-3378