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Meet Nurse Molly

  Hello Tiger community! My name is Molly Covington and I have been a Registered Nurse for 18 years. This will be my 10th year as a school nurse.  I graduated from UNM College of Nursing. I have 3 children, a freshman at UNM, a sophomore at Sandia High School, and a 4th grader here at Osuna. I was born and raised here in Albuquerque and am an alumni of APS. I love my job and our Kiddos, and I am ready to take on this crazy year. I am committed, as always, to making health and safety our priority and I want you all to know that I am here to support our students, families and staff in any way I can! 

Contact Molly Covington  Molly Covington Staff
Contact Denise Yepa  Denise Yepa Nurse Assistant

Meet Mrs. Yepa

Hi Tiger Family! I’m Denise Yepa, and this is my 3rd year here as the Health Assistant. I have lived in Albuquerque for 17 years now…my husband is from the beautiful Jemez Pueblo, while I was raised ‘Inside the Beltway’ and am a proud Marylander! #marylandgirlforlife I come from a family of teachers, have spent many years in the classroom as an Early Childhood Educator and am now enjoying my time in the Health Office. I have a UNM Freshman and a Del Norte High School Junior who are working in and toward ‘the family business.’ Your student’s health and safety are very important to me, as is supporting them so they can become successful learners. I’m here to help! 

Nurse: Molly Covington RN BSN

505-296-4811 x 31902

Fax: 505-291-684

We are available from 7:30am-2:30pm

Health Assistant: Denise Yepa

296-4811 X3

On Campus Daily

Osuna Nursing Services

COVID Questions and Answers

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COVID-19 Related Questions

If a student is exposed to COVID-19…

Stay home. Notify the School Nurse. Quarantine for 10 days and watch for symptoms. Get tested about day 5-7.

If a student’s family member has COVID-19…

Stay home. Notify the School Nurse.  Quarantine for 10 days from the last day of exposure (10 days starts from the last time you were around the household member and they were sick).

If a Student test tests positive for COVID-19…

Stay home. Notify the school nurse immediately for further instructions.

If student becomes ill at school…

-If students becomes ill at school they will be escorted to our Tiger Den (Isolation Room), and you will be called to pick them up.

-If a student has symptoms of COVID-19 (even though they may be from allergies or a cold) they will be sent home and encouraged to get tested. Students may return if they get a negative test result and are 24 hours without fever and symptoms are improving.

-If a student does not get tested, they will need to self-isolate for the full 10 days and be symptom free before they return.

If a student returns to school after illness and find themselves feeling ill again…

Do not come to school feeling ill. If there seems to be a chronic condition happening a student may return with a negative COVID-19 test and a note from a physician stating that the symptoms being experienced, are not due to COVID-19, stating what they are due to, and explaining what the students baseline symptoms are.

If a student is sent home with COVID-19 symptoms, when can they return…

-Your student can return after they get a negative COVID-19 test, showing their symptoms are not COVID-19 related, fever free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving.

- If you choose not to get your student tested, they must isolate at home for 10 days before they return.

If a student comes back to school after being sent home ill, without having stayed home the required number of days or having a negative test result…

They will be sent back home until they have either a negative COVID-19 test or have isolated for 10 days.

If a student forgets their mask…

One will be provided to them.

If a student consistently refuses to wear a mask…

They will not be allowed to stay on campus and can continue to learn virtually.

If a student tells me that another student has COVID-19…

Any reported COVID-19 positive cases will be reported to the nurse and she will follow-up with the family and confirm if this is true or hearsay.

If a student has a cough and runny nose due to a cold or allergies…

Your child may get sent home for such symptoms as it is hard to differentiate between COVID-19 symptoms and many other illnesses. If this happens, I would encourage you to get proof of a negative COVID-19 test and a note from a doctor stating that the symptoms are allergies and not COVID-19.

If someone in my childs class (teacher or student) tests positive for COVID-19…

 If a teacher or student tests positive for COVID-19, the teacher and all students in the cohort will need to quarantine for 10 days. Classes will continue virtually.

If a person who is vaccinated has contact with a COVID-19 positive person…

A person who has been fully vaccinated within the last 3 months and is asymptomatic does not need to quarantine.

If a person who has had COVID-19 has contact with a COVID-19 positive person…

A person who has had COVID-19 within the last 3 months and is asymptomatic does not need to quarantine.

If a person who has had COVID-19 has COVID-19 symptoms…

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and will be encouraged to get a COVID-19 test.

 

School Health Care in the time of COVID-19

If my student is injured at school

Your student will be treated for their injury in the classroom, playground or Health Office, whichever is most appropriate. If Health Office staff is called to help with an injury, they will notify the parent or guardian.

If my student needs medications during the day for health conditions

Doctor’s orders must be filled out and given to the School Nurse or Health Assistant. Medication may be administered to a student by a nurse or any staff who have been trained.

If my student has an accident and needs a change of clothes

If this is a frequent or likely occurrence, please send some extra clothes with your child daily when on campus. The Health Office has some clothes available for such situations and Health Office staff will help your student and notify you of their visit.

If my student has severe allergies, asthma, seizures or other health condition that we should be aware of…

If your student has a health condition, please notify Health Office staff. For conditions that need special instructions or emergency medications at school, paperwork needs to be filled out by the doctor and given to the School Nurse or Health Assistant. A plan will be made and given to all necessary staff. Medications must be provided by a parent/guardian and staff will be trained in how to administer these medications in an emergency.

**This stuff is confusing and complicated. Please know that I am always here to help brainstorm and figure out a plan and answer questions. My email address is molly.covington@aps.edu and my phone number is 296-4811 ext. 3**

 

Some resources

***IF YOUR CHILD HAS A HEALTH CONDITION,*** 

***PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU TALK WITH THE SCHOOL  NURSE***

What We Do

Our goal is to keep all students as healthy as possible so that they can do their best in school. When a student comes to the health office, we listen and provide the best care that we possibly can. We always attempt to call a parent or guardian about every visit. If a student does need to be sent home, they may only be released from school to an emergency contact listed on your registration forms. With these things in mind, please keep your contact information current.  It is always our goal to keep students in school as much as possible but we do send students home if:

  • They have an injury or illness that needs to be evaluated by a doctor
  • Have a fever (>100.0)
  • Throwing up
  • Diarrhea

If your student has any of these things either at school or at home they must stay OUT of school until they have been without these symptoms for 24 hours. This is to prevent the spread of sickness at school. 

  • We help with getting health services for students. Contact us if you need assistance signing up for Medicaid.
  • We also check student's vision, hearing, height, weight and dental health.These health screenings are required for Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade. If you are adamant that your child not be screened, you must submit written request each year to health office staff. 
  • We make sure all students are up-to-date on all of their required immunizations

If your student has any health conditions, please let us know!

We can take the best care of your student, when we know all the facts. 

  • Asthma Action Plans -for inhalers 
  • Allergy Action Plans- for Benadryl and Epinephrine are available on this page under the "Important forms" section.

You will also find a special diet form there which is submitted to the Cafeteria and the APS dietary department so that we all know of your students food allergy or sensitivity. If your student has asthma or a food allergy, these forms should be filled out by a parent/guardian and physician each year.