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Your School Nurse in Action

Your registered school nurse is a leader in the school community to oversee school health policies and programs. In addition to daily health assessments, supportive care and provider referrals; your school nurse and/or supporting nursing staff provide the following:

  • Hearing and Vision Screens
  • Immunization clinics
  • Classes on hand hygiene, dental health, and reproductive health (grade and school dependent)
  • Coordination of 504 Accommodation Plans as needed
  • Development of Individual Healthcare Plans as needed
  • Guidance on school safety policies
  • Management of chronic medical conditions
If your child has a chronic medical condition, please be aware that the school nurse needs current medical documentation from your primary care provider if your child will require medication or medical procedures while at school. Please go to the SFPS website to find the appropriate forms for your child's chronic medical condition. These will need to be up-dated annually.

SFPS Vision Screening Program

Screenings are scheduled in September and October. Check with your school for specific dates.

Legislation was passed in New Mexico in 2007 requiring vision screening to be administered to students enrolled in identified grades. That same legislation created a fund to provide assistance for students without insurance and referred by school nurses to obtain a comprehensive eye exam and/or eye wear as appropriate.

Target populations for required screening in New Mexico schools include the following grades and all new and transfer students who do not have a record of vision screening on file with the school: Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, Third Grade

If you do not wish to have your child screened, please notify your school nurse.

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