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Contact Tina Messec, RN, BSN, NCSN  Tina Messec, RN, BSN, NCSN (505) 881-8313 ex: 45249 School Nurse
Contact Karen Yardman  Karen Yardman ex: 45250 Health Assistant
Health office rules and guidelines

 

New Mexico law requires all students to be currently immunized or in process before entrance into school. Proof of vaccination or exemption will be required at registration. 

The school nurse should be informed of any health concern, medical diagnosis or medications a student is taking.  Any student who is ill or injured is to be seen in the health office, and the nurse or health assistant will coordinate with the parent to determine whether or not the student needs to go home. Students will only be released to a person listed on their emergency card after verification with a picture ID.

Prescription and over the counter medications can be stored in the health office with the proper paperwork.  Medication forms can be printed from the FORMS section of this page.

Welcome to the Health Office

 

Welcome to the Zuni Virtual Health Office!

Tina Messec, School Nurse, and Karen Yardman, Health Assistant, are here to welcome you all to a new and unique school year! 

 The Health Office will join with teachers, counselors, and staff in providing holistic services that consider the whole child and their family and/or community in our delivery of care... now in the context of online learning during this time of sheltering at home and being "in school" in new ways! Of course, we cannot provide the usual services like screening and injury triaging and provision of Band-Aids and Nurse Crackers... but we can certainly be in touch with you to continue case management of chronic illnesses, health questions, immunization review, health reports needed for programming (IEPs, etc) and in some way, provide a safe and comforting place to rest when things get hard to handle!!

As we transition back to in-person programming and are learning from home to start, the Nurse/Health office will be available to you online. Our Virtual Health Office is located online here at our website and via Google Meet. We will be online and waiting for your visit Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12pm to 1pm to start and will add more and/or adjust these hours as we go forward. 

While logged into your child's (or your) APS account, click the Google Meet icon below to join Virtual Office Hours via Google Meet.

Join with Google Meet

meet.google.com/ijh-gasw-yph

Join by phone

(US) +1 252-379-2915‬ PIN: ‪236 446 441‬#

Please also contact the health office via email or call/text in addition to virtual health office hours if you have student health questions or concerns:  call or text to 505-274-3277.

**Our health office is not a replacement for your usual provider (MD, NP, PA) or emergency services. If this is a medical crisis or emergency please call your provider or 911!** If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, call the NM Department of Health Hotline at 1-855-600-3453. If you feel you are in emotional or mental health crisis, contact the NM Crisis Line at 1-855-662-7474 (1-855-NMCRISIS).

Preventing cols, flus, and Covid19

Know how it spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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Avoid close contact

  • Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
    • Stay at least 6 feet(about 2 arm lengths) from other people.
    • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting sick.

Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Especially important if you are running essential errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow Cdc guidance if symptoms develop.

Protect your health this flu season.

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 there are many important benefits, such as:

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
  2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
Immunizations

New Mexico Immunization Coalition (1).pdf (PDF)

IMP-NMSIIS-VaxView-Flyer.pdf (PDF)

Access Your Shot Records

Did you know… you can now print your own vaccination records at:

 www.VaxViewNM.org

Access this website and enter the information requested; then download the document and/or print! 

VaxViewNM.org enables individuals, parents, and guardians to access, save and/or print official immunization records. This eliminates the need to carry multiple or aged documents and allows you to access your shot record anytime you need. VaxViewNM.org is mobile friendly and uses two-factor authentication. Please see attached flyer! (Click link above for IMP-NMSIIS-VaxView-Flyer.pdf)

Preventing Colds and Flu

The fall and winter months are a time when colds, flu, and other communicable diseases are at their peak.  Here are some steps you can take to help your child stay healthy and stay in school:

  1. Keep immunizations up-to-date. 
  2. Encourage hand-washing at home. This is the best way to prevent colds, flu and stomach illnesses.
  3. Teach your child to cough or sneeze in your sleeve or tissue. 
  4. Discourage your child from sharing their food, beverages, and eating utensils with others. 
  5. Finally, please keep your sick child home. Children with fever and/or obvious signs of illness should not come to school.  Students should be fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications before to returning to school.