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Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy This Autumn

A child comes to school to learn.  We all know there are times when a child does not feel well enough to take part in school.  Often an illness is spread to others before the first symptoms appear.  The best way to keep these illnesses (such as colds or flu) from spreading is to take the following steps:

  • Teach your child to wash his or her hands frequently using plenty of soap and warm water.  Proper hand washing should take about 20 seconds or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice
  • Teach your child to use and pack easy-to-use disinfecting wipes and/or hand sanitizers in child’s backpack
  • Teach your child to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or in their sleeve (elbow)
  • Try to minimize the time your child spends with other children who have cough or cold symptoms
  • Keep surfaces such as door knobs, phones, remote controls, toys and keyboards disinfected

  • If someone in the house is ill, wash all shared surfaces and sheets frequently, and change toothbrushes
  • Serve a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, plus plenty of water
  • Keep your child’s environment smoke free
  • Keep all of your child’s immunizations up-to-date, and include the recommended flu vaccination every year

  • Schedule and keep an annual well-child exam to follow changes in your child’s health
  • Consult your school nurse or health care provider if you have any questions


Should a student be involved in a serious accident the school makes every effort to contact a family member immediately.  If a family member cannot be reached, the school will call 911.  Accident reports are filled out on every student who has a serious accident on school grounds.  Please stress to your student the importance of reporting all school injuries.  Please make sure we always have current emergency numbers on file in the office. The laws of the State of New Mexico are such that a school district cannot assume liability for costs incurred in student accidents.  For this reason, the Board of Education makes a student accident insurance policy available to all students enrolled in APS at a nominal cost.  Information is available in the nurse’s office.


  1. The physician should submit in writing, his / her recommendation with the student’s name, dosage, and the time(s) medication should be given.
  2. The container with the medication should be clearly labeled with the name of the student, dosage and drug strength.
  3. Parents of students needing to take medication at school should contact the school nurse to fill out authorization to administer medication form.  No medication will be given at school without this form completed by both the physician and the parent / guardian.
  4. The school nurse should be made aware of all students taking medication at school.
  5. This policy applies to both prescription and non-prescription medication.

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