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APS Sick Day Guidelines for Parents

If your child becomes ill and doesn’t 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.).

A Note From The Health Office

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Please if your child texts or calls you from school complaining of illness and asking to be picked up, call the George I Sanchez Health Office at (505) 253-0300 ex 3, and we can check if your child has been in the Health Office. We can also check your child if they have not been to the Health Office, and see if there is anything we can do to help. If your child is sent to the Health Office and parents are already here to pick up the child and they have not been seen by Health Office staff prior the absence will not be excused. If your child is sick and needs to be seen by a licensed health care provider there is a UNMH Health Clinic at Atrisco Heritage High School right next door, (505) 272-6009.


Also, if you are dropping your child off at school and you think they might be ill, please stop by the Health Office. The nurse can examine your child, take their temperature, and provide first aid.

  • Parents are asked to please let our nurse know of any health problems that would affect their child's learning. Vision and hearing screenings are routinely done at the beginning of the school year for selected grade levels, or as needed. 
  • The State Health Department sets guidelines that schools must follow for the control of communicable diseases. One of these is a requirement that all students have current immunizations on file at school to be able to attend. Please be sure that our records are up-to-date on your student.
  • If a child is sick or was sick the night before and is not completely well, they cannot perform and learn at their greatest potential please keep them home.
  • APS has a medication policy to help control the use of medicines in the schools. Please do not send any prescription medication to school without an authorization form signed by the child's physician and parent. A note from the parent must accompany any over-the-counter medications. No child will be given any kind of medication at school without following APS procedures.


Please notify the Health Room staff of any changes in phone numbers.

In an emergency, it is vital that we have current contact information.


State mandated health screenings are performed on students at certain grade levels each school year.  Any student who appears to have vision and/or hearing difficulties will be screened. If the student does not meet the passing criteria, the school nurse will notify the parent/guardian(s) and refer the student for further medical evaluation. Please do not hesitate to contact the health room if a problem exists.