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Immunization Requirements

New Mexico law requires that all students be immunized against certain communicable diseases.  These requirements are determined by the NM Department of Health (NMDOH) in collaboration with the NM Vaccine Advisory Committee using recommendations from the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  The State’s official immunization requirements for schools and childcare facilities are released annually and can be accessed at

All students must be immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or statement that, for medical or religious reasons, the student should not be immunized. The school nurse can provide information on age appropriate doses or on an acceptable physician-validated history of illness required by the New Mexico Health Department. The nurse will send out letters of notification each month to let parents know when their child is due an immunization. Proof of immunization may be personal records from a licensed physician or public health clinic. If a student should not be immunized for medical reasons, the student or parent must present a certificate signed by a U. S. licensed physician which states that in the doctor’s opinion the immunization required would be harmful to the health and well-being of the student or any member of the student’s family or household. This certificate must be renewed annually at the beginning of the school year.

When parents/guardians do not wish to have their child complete the required immunizations for school enrolment, a “Certificate of Exemption from School/Daycare Immunization Requirements” form must be completed annually by the beginning of the school year or when the child enrolls.  The process takes several weeks thru the NM Department of Health so do not wait until the August. 

Completed NM Immunization Exemption form must be returned to the NM Immunization Program in person or by mail at:

Jeri Vigil
Attn: Exemption form
NM Immunization Program
PO Box 26110
Santa Fe, NM 87502-6110

Sick Day Guidelines

When to keep your child home from school

Remember that colds, flu and intestinal illnesses are spread to others at school when sick children and staff come to school. To help prevent the spread of illness, stay home when:

1. A fever of 100 degrees or above has been present in the last 24 hours. A person may be contagious to others when fever is present. That does not mean that taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) to lower a fever before coming to school is appropriate or in the best interest of your child.

2. Vomiting and/or diarrhea has been present in the last 24 hours. A person should be at home resting and sipping fluids to prevent dehydration. A person is unable to participate in normal school activities such as PE, recess, etc. An extra day or so at home, getting rest and fluids will decrease the length of illness in most cases.

3. Respiratory Syndromes – School exclusion will be necessary if the following illnesses are suspected and medical documentation will be required for readmission: Influenza, Pertussis, Strep (sore throat), pneumonia, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, colored nasal discharge and excessive coughing to the point in which it interferes with learning.

4. If your child has a rash, there can be many reasons why. IF it is suspected that the rash could be caused from infection or illness, exclusion from school may be necessary until medical documentation is presented.

5. Students with eye irritation, Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) or discharge will be referred for medical evaluation and treatment. Students will be excluded from school until medical documentation or treatment has been rendered.

6. A student with nits or lice will be excluded from school. The student may return to school after the hair is treated with a medicated lice shampoo and is lice and nit free.

If your child has any of the above symptoms, please help us stop the spread of the illness by keeping your child at home. If you have any questions concerning these protocols, please feel free to call the school nurse at 395-2840. Download these guidelines here.

Medication Policy

Students who must take non-prescription medicine during the school day must bring a written request from their parents along with the medicine, in its properly labeled container, to the nurse’s office. Students who take prescription medication must have the proper permission form signed by their parents before any medication will be given. ALL medications, prescription or non-prescription, must have labels written in English and/or prescribed by a U. S. licensed physician. The office personnel will give the medicine at the proper times as directed. Permission forms for administration of prescription and non-prescription medication are in the nurse’s office or can be downloaded at the top of this page.

Food Allergies

Please keep the Health Room staff informed of any potential life threatening allergies that your student may have by providing this information on their emergency card at registration or any time during the school year.  It is preferable to have emergency medication(s) available for your student at

Jal Schools currently has enrolled students with food allergies.

Emergency Medical Treatment

Parents shall complete an emergency care form each year that includes a place for parental consent for school officials to obtain medical treatment for the student, as provided by law. Parents shall also be asked to supply other information that could be required in case of emergency. Parents should update this information as often as necessary.

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