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Medical Care of Students: General and Emergency

In the event of student injury or illness, priority shall be given to the immediate care of the student, and the following actions shall be taken:

  • The school nurse, if available, shall evaluate the student's condition and provide appropriate medical care, and activate Emergency Medical Services if indicated based on nursing assessment.

  • If the school nurse is unavailable, the health assistant or principal’s designee shall provide first aid. First aid guidelines in the “New Mexico School Health Manual” shall be followed.

  • Attempts shall be made to verbally notify the parents/legal guardians of a student accident or illness. Schools shall keep Emergency Information cards on file (electronic and physical) for each student.
    *Note: These actions also apply to suspected drug or alcohol overdose.

In any situation requiring medical care beyond first aid:

  • The Emergency Medical Service or paramedics, 911 shall be called immediately for such conditions as profuse bleeding, cessation or obstruction of breathing, shock, head injury with unconsciousness, electric shock, heart attack or any other life threatening condition.

  • Parents/legal guardians shall be responsible for ambulance and emergency room fees.

  • Students may be transported by car if the medical condition is not life threatening, yet beyond simple first aid treatment. The vehicle owner shall carry insurance in compliance with New Mexico state statute.

Any urgent situation resulting from an accident or requiring emergency medical care services shall be reported on a Student Accident Report. The form shall be submitted to Albuquerque Public Schools Risk Management and a copy sent to Nursing Services. .  An Adverse Event Form shall be provided to the Department of Health as specified in the New Mexico School Health Manual. A copy of the Adverse Event Form will be sent to Nursing Services.

A student requiring additional medical care shall not be sent home until a parent/legal guardian has been verbally contacted and the student can be personally supervised by a responsible adult.

Appropriate personnel shall document all care, calls and parent/legal guardian contacts.

Risk Management shall collect and analyze the data from student accident reports so that safety hazards can be identified and corrected.

Administrative Position:

  • Deputy Superintendent  of Operations   


Department Director:   

  • Senior Director  of Nursing Services


Legal Cross Ref.:        

  • New Mexico School Health Manual


Administrative Procedure  Cross Ref.:

  • Albuquerque Public Schools Nursing Manual (contact Senior Director of Nursing Services )




NSBA/NEPN Classification: JLCE

 Revised: May 1995

Revised: April 1996

Revised: May 1997
Reviewed: September 24, 2010
Reviewed: October 11, 2010
Revised: October 15, 2010

Reviewed: May 2024

Revised: May 2024