Ashley Zottarelli, RN
My name is Nurse Ashley and I am looking forward to beginning this year as the school nurse for Tobias students. I am here to insure your child is safe and healthy while minimizing time spent away from the classroom. Most of all I want them to feel safe and secure and know that someone cares about them and will always listen to their complaints. Sometimes a little TLC is all that is needed to enable them to have a great day of learning. I have 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 a Pediatric Medical unit and then Hematology/Oncology, and then as a PANDA preop/postop nurse at Dell Children’s. I live in San Marcos with my two dogs and two cats and enjoy gardening and painting in my free time.
I would like to assure you that medical information about your child is treated as confidential by the nurses and all school staff. We do not share information about your child with outside parties nor can we discuss health concerns of any other student with you.
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. 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 are normally due and school records need to be updated for PreK, Kinder, and 7th graders.
All students with asthma and severe allergies will need an NEW updated asthma action plan and/or allergy action plan from their physician for this 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 prefer inhalers to nebulizer meds because of how a nebulizer treatment can aerosolize covid particles if someone is infected with it, even if asymptomatic.
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
Covid! Please report to your school nurse if your child tested positive for Covid, is having symptoms of a Covid-like illness (see below for these), or if your child has had close contact with someone who tested Covid positive. Any 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. Currently (as of 8/25/21) the district is not mandating quarantine of close contacts, but we strongly recommend that a close contact be quarantined for 10 days post contact with the infected individual; they may get a Covid PCR test 5 days or later after contact and return after 7 days if they recieve a negative result.
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