Health Office

Health Office
Please remember that if your child has medications at school like an inhaler, ibuprofen or an epi-pen that we need the paperwork from the doctor to go with it. Call us if you have any questions! Thanks!
Health Office
The Health Office is available to every student in the school. Students who become ill at school should report to the Health Office. If the illness or injury is of such a nature that the student should go home, the parent/guardian will be notified.

Students are not permitted to  leave school without permission from the Health Office personnel or the Principal’s Office. The Health Office maintains health records on each student.
Vision and hearing screening may be done. 

Accident reports are filled out on every student who has a serious accident on the school grounds.  Please stress to your child the importance of reporting all school injuries to the Health Office or the Principal’s Office. The Health Office has a nurse on duty during school hours. While she is qualified to handle minor emergencies ( cuts, bruises, etc.), she is not qualified to make medical judgments. She can, however, make recommendations to parents based on her experiences.

The purpose of the Health Office is to take care of illness and injuries of our students on a daily basis and to provide a safe environment. In addition to this we identify health problems including  social, psychological, and economic factors that interfere with learning, through screening procedures, assessment, and evaluation of the student. To accomplish this, each student is treated as an individual that deserves respect and kindness. The Health Office is not only a place for students to come for health related issues but a place where they can spend a few minutes when they need time to reflect or re-group and need someone to talk to. We support the literacy program by providing students with books and coloring material, and occasionally academic work when provided by their teacher while they are waiting.

In the event of an emergency, every attempt will be made to contact the parents/guardians, if a  principal or nurse may take the student to St. Joseph West Mesa Hospital or will call for an emergency vehicle. Parents are responsible for any expense of treatment.

The Emergency Card on
file in the school office lists who you want contact in case of an emergency. School staff will follow the parents’ directions as far as it is possible to do so. Please fill out the emergency card completely (if we have an emergency, it is important we have a number to reach you or someone you have authorized) if there is a change in address, telephone or employment, notify us immediately, in writing, so that we can change the emergency card.  

In the event of serious injury or illness, the Emergency Medical System, (Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety-911) may be called at the discretion of school personnel. There may be charges for response and/or transport to a medical facility. It is understood that the parent/guardian will be responsible for any charges. The Rio Rancho Public School System will not be held responsible for  any fees incurred.

No one on the school staff, except health room personnel may administer medication, not even aspirin, to students. What many parents do not know is that signed forms are required for a child to receive prescription or over-the-counter medicine at school. Your child’s doctor must sign the form for prescription drugs and a parent must sign the form for over-the-counter drugs.

For the protection of your child and others, students who are too ill to go out for recess or to participate in PE, should stay at home. If a student becomes ill during the school day, the parent/guardian will be notified.