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Nurse/Health Office

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The Los Lunas Schools employs Registered Nurses to provide essential health services.

The School Nurse works with students, staff and parents to provide current information on health, hygiene, and safety. The Nurse conducts vision/hearing screenings and maintains health records for all students. According to District Policy, NO MEDICATION OF ANY KIND (including aspirin and over-the-counter drugs) can be administered at school without a written order from a doctor.

With nearly 600 students and almost 100 staff members, the Nurse’s Office is a busy place. Parents will not be
called for every visit to see the nurse. Here are a few guidelines we use to determine next steps to support
students with illness or injury. These guidelines can also help you determine whether or not to send your child to school.

• Fever: Temperature of 101 degrees or higher could be an indication of a contagious disease. Students need
to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school.

• Diarrhea: Active diarrhea can be the result of infection, food poisoning, or a side effect from medications.
Three or more watery stools within a 24 hour period would be an indication for dismissal from school.

• Vomiting: Active vomiting can be caused by a stomach virus or stomach infection. Vomiting twice or more in the last 24 hours would be an indication for dismissal from school.

• Severe cough and cold: A severe cough and cold can be a sign of contagious conditions like whooping cough, bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a sign of asthma or allergies. A repetitive, uncontrolled cough would be indication for dismissal from school.

• Injuries: Students who present with any of the following injuries will receive notification home about your child’s visit to the Nurse’s Office: suspected fracture/dislocation/sprain; head injuries; large or deep wounds, cuts, punctures; visible eye injuries.