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Health room information

Ea, Marisela
Radillo, Sharron
Health Assistant

Phone: (505) 344-5269
Fax:      (505) 761-8413 

Head Lice

Dear Mission Avenue Parents and Staff,

Per APS Policy we do not send letters out to the entire school if a student or students have head lice.  We will send a letter out to the parents in a classroom if three to four students have had lice in that classroom (with the approval of  our principal).  However, if your child has lice, it is helpful if you let his/her friends' parents know!  If you call and notify the health room, I will contact teachers who will then notify me of students "scratching!"

As always, we strive to respect confidentiality and protect students from teasing.

Thank You!

Marisela Ea, RN - School Nurse


Head Lice Information - APS

Steps to take if your child has head lice.

Head Lice 101

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates

Head Lice - American Academy of Pediatrics.pdf

Head Lice Resistance.pdf



Note:  Do not use a combination shampoo/conditioner,or conditioner before using lice medicine. Do not re–wash the hair for 1–2 days after the lice medicine is removed. These measures may reduce the effectiveness of the lice medications.

Health Insurance

Our goal is for all students to have health insurance.  If you need assistance please see the following document:

Medicaid Eligibility Flyer APS.pdf

Registration - New and Returning Students

Students must be up-to-date on immunizations while attending Mission Avenue Elementary School.

Please check in with the nurse to make sure all vaccines are up-to-date when you register your student. This is a requirement  by the NM State Department of Health.  Returning students -- please notify the nurse of any new immunizations received. 

For medical or religious immunization exemptions please have the exemption form approved by the state prior to the beginning of school in the Fall.  This form must be completed and approved by the state annually. 


If your student has any chronic illnesses that require medical procedures or medication at school, we must have the appropriate forms on file in the health room, signed by the parent and physician by the beginning of the school year.  All health forms must be updated annually.  You can stop by the health room to pick up the blank forms from the nurse, or you can print them from the APS website. Some examples of medications or procedures that need parent and physician authorization are listed below:

Asthma inhalers (including students who self-carry) -- Students must have an asthma action plan.

Epi-Pens or diphenhydramine for allergic reactions -- Students must have an allergy action plan and special diet form for food allergies.

Medications such as ADD/ADHD medications to be given at school -- Students must have parent/provider authorization

Procedures such as urinary catheterizations or g-tube feedings -- Student must have parent/provider authorization.

Students with seizures who need emergency medication at school -- Student must have seizure medical management plan.

Diabetic students will need a diabetes medical management plan from the provider.

For more information and forms please visit the Nursing Department page at the APS website.  http://www.aps.edu/nursing/nursing-forms

If you have questions, please call or email the Mission Avenue Elementary School nurse:  344-5269 Ext. 56707, Marisela.Ea@aps.edu


Health Screenings

The New Mexico Department of Health provides guidelines in the State Health Manual for routine health screenings of students who are new to the school district and who are in specified grades (the specified grades are subject to change by the Department of Health). The health screenings include: 

  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Height 
  • Weight

Students being tested for special education will be screened.

Screenings may also be requested by teachers and/or parents. Health screenings are an important assessment in detecting barriers to learning or accessing the learning environment and promoting early interventions. Health screenings are not diagnostic, if a student fails a screening, a referral will be made to your healthcare provider.

If you have any questions regarding health screenings, please contact the school nurse. 

If you would not like your child to have health screenings, this request must be submitted in writing to the school nurse annually.

Allergy Season


When cedar, juniper, elm, and other environmental allergens are in the air, we have many students with itchy eyes and runny noses here at Mission Avenue.

Remind your children keep their hands away from the T-zone to help keep allergens and germs out of their eyes, noses, and mouths! 

It is best to give seasonal allergy medications at home.  Keeping these in the health room should be the last option. 

Prescription medications are kept in the health room and need a provider order.  Any over the counter medications are kept in the health room at the discretion of the RN and must have a completed parent order form.

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School Illness

Dear Mission Avenue Parents,

Please discuss these illness prevention steps with your children and family members and review the APS Sick Day Guidelines below.

  1. Do not touch the T-Zone (eyes, nose, mouth)
  2. Wash your hands
  3. Cough and sneeze into your arm/sleeve
  4. Get a flu vaccination if you haven’t received one yet

APS Sick Day Guidelines:

If your child becomes ill and does not feel well enough to take part in school, as parents or guardians, you should keep your child home until the symptoms improve.  This also can help to prevent the spread of the illness to others at school.  These are some of the examples of when your child should be kept home:

  • Active vomiting
  • Active diarrhea – three or more times in six hours
  • The beginning of an airway infection (cold/cough/runny nose) [This is especially important for those who are unable to manage their own body fluids]
  • Extreme tiredness and/or lack of appetite
  • Fever* with headache, body aches, earache, sore throat
  • Undiagnosed or unknown rash (a rash that has not been seen or treated by a health care provider)
  • Any of the above symptoms with fever or chills
  • Untreated skin conditions
  • If antibiotic treatment is needed, your child should remain home for the first full 24 hours of medication (e.g., if your child has three doses per day ordered, then three doses must be given before the child returns to school)

If any symptoms change, worsen or don’t get better please call your health care provider.

*Your child can return to school when he or she is well enough to take part in school and has had no fever for 24 hours without medication (acetaminophen, Tylenol®, etc.).

When you have questions, please call the school nurse or health care provider for more information.


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