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Contact your school nurse for any questions or concerns:

#890-7375 ext. 42640

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Open Airways

The American Lung Association Open Airways Program is offered to Ventana Ranch students.  The program has been shown to make a significant difference in improving asthma self-management skills, decreasing asthma emergencies, and raising asthma awareness.  Group interaction helps students find peer support and increases self-confidence.  Classes are offered to 3rd - to 5th grade students who want to learn more about asthma.


Any student who has asthma should have an inhaler in the health room and an Asthma Action Plan.  The action plan must be renewed and signed by your child's physician at the beginning of each school year.  The Asthma Action Plan can be found in the link below.



Health Room



Sandra Vigil, RN, BSN, School Nurse

890-7375 ext. 42640

Lorraine Davison, Health Assistant

ext. 42639

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

The different and sometimes similar symptoms can be confusing!  Look at the links below  to find out the difference between a cold and the flu...


Is It a Cold or the Flu .htm






CDC recommends that people get the flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.

When to keep your child home from school...

Please do not send your child to school sick!  If he or she has been prescribed antibiotics they may return to school if they are feeling better and have been on antibiotics for >24 hrs.  If your child has symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea, please keep them home until symptoms resolve.  If your child has flu-like illness or any illness with fever, have them stay home until symptom-free for 24 hours and fever-free (Temp < 100 F) for 24 hrs. without using fever-reducing medication.  These guidelines help keep your child from getting sicker and help prevent the spread of illness to others at school.  THANK YOU!

For more information re: APS "sick day guidelines" including rashes or other potentially contagious conditions:


Studies show that students with good nutrition and fitness habits have:

  • higher test scores
  • better attendance
  • improved concentration
  • fewer discipline referrals
  • greater overall achievement

Try these tips for ...more

Is Your Snack a Smart Snack?

Click on the picture below to go to the "Product Calculator" & determine whether your snack meets USDA "Smart Snack" guidelines: