Ashley Zottarelli, RN
You can call me Nurse Ashley and I am glad to be here as the school nurse for Tobias students. I have over 12 years of experience as a pediatric nurse, 5 of them I spent as a school nurse, right here in Hays CISD, but this nursing journey began in San Antonio on nights in Pediatric Medical and Hematology/Oncology. I'm living as a San Martian Mermaid with 4 rescue animals, two dogs and two cats, and I enjoy gardening and painting in my free time.
I’m excited to be here and am your go to resource for you and your family’s health concerns. Email is the easiest way to reach me but feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns. I do have a "Student Illness" questionnaire that I ask you to fill out anytime your child is missing school - this helps me to see what is circulating in our local community and helps me get my weekly reports in to the county health department to keep them updated. I assure you all of the information you share with me is strictly confidential and protected. Thank you for trusting me with the care of your children!
News from the Nurse
Is your child ready for school? Nurses monitor required immunizations, perform mandated health screenings, track communicable diseases, plan for emergencies and provide direct care to students. Please check your email for messages from me about immunizations, medications, allergies and conditions, or covid close contact notifications.
Immunizations records need to be updated for PreK, Kinder, and 7th graders.
All students with asthma and severe allergies that recquire meds at schoool, need a NEW updated plans/orders every new school year. Please use the links to the left to learn more about the Hays CISD District Health Services and to access medication forms. For asthma medication, we only allow inhalers beacuse of Covid and how nebulizers can cause Covid to be airborne for a much longer time and we don't have a negative pressure room or the space to isolate those areas.
What do I do if my child is sick or just not feeling well? For the health of all of our students at Tobias Elementary, please follow the the 24 hour rule. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications such as Tylenol, Advil, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen before returning to school. A fever is defined as 100.0 degrees F or higher. Same goes for diarrheal illnesses, children must be vomiting and diarrhea free for 24 hours, without diarrheal medication before they can return to school. I also do recommned ensuring your child that has a stomach bug, stay out until they're able to tolerate food without symptoms returning - we often get kids here that begin eating again and the cycle starts all over.
Covid & Flu (or other diagnosed illnesses - example croup, pertussiss, chicken pox) Please report to your school nurse. For Covid positives or covid-like illnesses must quarantine for the 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the positive test, whichever came first. They may return on the 11th day if their symptoms have improved. Please call me for more info
Symptoms that constitute a covid like illness include ONE of the following: loss of sense of tast or smell, fever (100 or higher), difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, severe cough, vomiting; Or TWO of the following: headache, sore throat, fatigue, muscle/body aches, chills/shaking, nausea, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose