Welcome to the Department of Special Education and Health Services
Baylor Del Rosario, Ph.D.
Director of Special Education & Health Services
Krystal Candelaria, Medicaid & Records Kristin Work, Finance, STARS, & Tienet
(505) 404-5716 (505) 404-5713
The Department oversees a variety of programs and services for the Bernalillo Public Schools. These programs support academic, social, behavioral, and wellness related skills and opportunities through special education, school counseling, and health services.
What is Special Education?
Special education is specially designed instruction that addresses the unique needs of a student eligible to receive special education services based on federal and state laws. Special education is provided at no cost to parents and includes the related services a student needs to receive her/his individualized educational program.
Special education is not a place, but a service. Special education is governed by numerous processes and procedures designed to provide a student with an individualized educational program so that she/he is able to access the general education curriculum. You do not need to become an expert in all areas of special education to be a good educational advocate for your child. Having a firm understanding of the basic special education processes and procedures, however, will help you navigate each step along the way. Please contact the Director of Special Education & Health Services if you would like to know more eligibility requirements and services.
What Do School Counselors Do?
School counselors help all students apply academic achievement strategies, manage emotions and interpersonal skills, and plan for postsecondary options (higher education, military, workforce). If you would like to know more about what your child's school counselor does please see the National Association of School Counselors.
What Do School Nurses and Health Assistants Do?
The school nurse and health assistant work collaboratively with parents, guardians, primary care providers, and school staff to provide confidential and prompt first aid. The responsibilities of the school nurse and health assistant include:
- First aid and episodic care for students and staff.
- Health screening for vision and hearing for students.
- Immunization review and oversight.
- Medication administration.
- Maintenance of health records.
- Assistance with identification, education, and nursing care management of students with health problems including those with identified disabilities.
- Health education for students, staff, and parents/guardians.
- Promotion of safe, healthy, and nurturing school environment.
- Serve as school liaison to home and community resources in conjunction with the school counselor.
The school nurse and health assistant consult with students, parents, and educational staff. The school nurse and health assistant are not primary care providers and cannot make medical diagnoses. However, if your child has been diagnosed with a chronic or temporary health condition, please notify the school nurse or health assistant at your child's school to ensure her/his safety and well-being are maintained while on campus. If you would like to know more about school health services please see the New Mexico School Health Manual.