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Karen Ortiz

School Nurse


My name is Karen White. I've been a nurse for 15 years. For most of that time I worked in emergency room and intensive care. I have been a school nurse for 3 years, working in Albuquerque and Glendale, Arizona. Every month in the newsletter, you will see a nurse's corner that has interesting and pertinent information to the health and well being of your child and family. I believe that being informed about your child's health is important, so if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.



Parents, please use the summer to have your child up to date on any health concerns.

  • Check immunization records to make sure they are up to date.
  • Make any appointments to see physicians for physicals or dental exams.
  • If you had a call or note sent home because your child needs to be seen for an eye exam, please call ASAP to a physican to have that done before school next year, so your child will be prepared to start the new year.

Vision and hearing screenings will be starting in late August for 3rd graders, and then kindergarden for the middle of the year.  Vision screenings for 1st will be starting in late September or early October.

If your child will need meds to be given at school next year, a new form needs to be signed and dated by the physician.  Please pick up one of these forms at the health office.

Please check expiration dates on inhalers or epipens before bringing them into leave in health room or classroom, making sure they will not expire during the school year.

We are accepting donations for our clothing closet.  We are always in need of pants for both boys and girls, mostly sizes 6-8, but will accept other sizes, as well.  Sweat pants or pants with elastic in the waist work well for different sized bodies.

If you have any questions about procedures in the health room, please feel free to come by and ask.

                                                                          Liz Covey - school health assistant ext: 28806

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:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Active diarrhea – three or more times in six hours.
  3. The beginning of an airway infection (cold/cough/runny nose)
  4. Extreme tiredness and/or lack of appetite.
  5. Fever with headache, body aches, earache, or sore throat
  6. Undiagnosed or unknown rash (a rash that has not been seen or treated by a health care provider)
  7. Any of the above symptoms with fever or chills
  8. UNTREATED skin conditions such as impetigo, lice, scabies, or similar conditions
  9. If antibiotic treatment is needed, your child should remain home for the first full 24 hours of medication (ie. 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 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. (Tylenol, motrin, etc)


If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.

Thank you,

Karen White RN BSN CCRN ERN Sandia Base Elementary School Nurse