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Coronavirus: Important Information for Families

Information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Information will be updated as it becomes available.

What is APS doing?

Albuquerque Public Schools is actively communicating with the New Mexico Department of Health about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly referred to as the coronavirus. They are providing us with regular updates, guidance, and resources. We are taking the health threat seriously.

Visit the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for the latest coronavirus updates.

What is coronavirus?

There are many viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals. There are seven coronaviruses that can infect people. Many are among people all of the time and cause mild to moderate illnesses, such as the common cold. Other coronaviruses only infect animals. Rarely, do animal coronaviruses evolve and infect people and then spread between people.

What Strand/Type of virus should I be concerned about?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms of COVID-19 infection

Symptoms vary but may include: 

  • Fever
  • Sore throat, runny nose, congestion 
  • Dry cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea, vomiting
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Fatigue or muscle or body aches

Ways to prevent the spread of viruses

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based (60%) hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Practice good health habits
  • You should not go to work and your child should not go to school if you or your child have a fever of 100.4 or greater
    • Before you return to work or your child returns to school there should be no fever for 24 hours without medication

The Role of School Nurses

School nurses lead health promotion and disease prevention in schools. School nurses can decrease fears and promote the prevention of COVID–19, the flu, and other illnesses.

School Nurses Advice to Students, Families, and Staff

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.

Recommendations for School Nurses

School nurses should:

  • Provide factual updates, as needed, regarding flu rates in the area, COVID–19, and tips to help decrease public fears.
  • Consult with primary care providers, local, and state health departments if they observe individuals with symptoms or circumstances that seem to match those related to COVID–19 exposure.

Source: School nurse recommendations and information are from the National Association of School Nurses Handout, Feb. 26, 2020 (PDF)

This page was last updated on Aug. 20, 2021. 

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