COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. The illness first appeared in late 2019 and has since spread around the world. The following are resources and information that are intended to guide individuals and school-based health centers in dealing with the pandemic.

NM COVID-19 Information Hotline: 1-833-551-0518
NM COVID-19 Health Hotline: 1-855-600-3453

Guidance for New Mexico School-Based Health Centers for 2020-2021 School Reopening/Reentry (Released 07/20/20)

NMDOH – Policies for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in New Mexico (released 08/28/20)

NMPED – Safe & Healthy Schools

General Information

For School-Based Health Centers

School & SBHC Re-entry Planning

NMPED COVID-19 Testing for Schools Memo, Flyer, Biweekly Zoom meeting with Secretary Stewart, Letter Template, NMPED (Update 4/8/20)

Surveillance Testing Update – Beginning April 2021, the Public Education Department and Department of Health are offering a new onsite testing option for staff and students. BinaxNOW antigen tests are free of charge to schools. Tests may be administered by school nurses, health assistants or other trained staff, and results are available in minutes. Student testing will begin no later than April 26. Families may opt-in to surveillance testing, but no individual student is required to participate.

NMPED COVID-19 Surveillance Testing  (Update 12/15/20)  Vault Updates – Click the links to view the NMPED presentationto order a Vault test, find a list of places to drop off a test or for other NMPED guidance

COVID NMDOH Guidance for Schools (released 10/02/20)

NM PED COVID-19 Rapid Response Toolkit for Elementary Schools (Released 09/22/20) Check for Updates

NM PED Re-entry Guidance (Updated March 8, 2021) Check for Updates

NMDOH – School Immunization Requirements & Enforcement(Updated 11/20/20)

Re-entry Planning Considerations

For Patients, Families and Communities