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General Health Office Rules/Guidelines

New Mexico law requires all students to be currently immunized or in process before entrance into school. Proof of vaccination or exemption will be required at registration.

The school nurse should be informed of any health concern, medical diagnosis or medications a student is taking. Any student who is ill or injured is to be seen in the health office, and the nurse or health assistant will coordinate with the parent to determine whether or not the student needs to go home. Students will only be released to a person listed on their emergency card after verification with a picture ID.

Prescription and over the counter medications can be stored in the health office with the proper paperwork. Medication forms can be found on the Medication at School APS website .

Contact Information

  • Hannah Brownell

    Phone: (505) 268-3833 ext. 26866
    Fax: (505) 268-3144
  • Nely Padilla
    Health Assistant

    Phone: (505) 268-3833 ext. 26866
    Fax: (505) 268-3144

Preventing Illness

The fall and winter months are a time when colds, flu, and other communicable diseases are at their peak. Here are some steps you can take to help your child stay healthy and stay in school:
  1. Keep immunizations up-to-date.
  2. Teach good hand washing habits at home.
  3. Teach your child to cough or sneeze in their sleeve or tissue.
  4. Discourage your child from sharing their food, beverages, and eating utensils with others.
  5. Finally, please keep your sick child home. Children with fever and obvious signs of illness should not come to school. Students should be fever-free for 24 hours before to returning to school.

When is Sick Too Sick For School?

UNM School Based Health Clinic

Van Buren Middle School is lucky to have a University of New Mexico School Based Health Clinic!

Services provided:

  • Annual Exams
  • Sports Physicals
  • Immunization/shots
  • Health education
  • Case management
  • Illness and Injury care
  • Healthy Weight guidance
  • Dental clinic
  • Many others!

To be seen by the clinic a consent form must be completed by a parent or guardian and returned to the school. Consent forms can be found in the links below.

The UNM SBHC at Van Buren Middle School is now offering telehealth visits! For more information please see the links below.

Call 505-256-2555 today to make an appointment at Van Buren MS! Your School Based Health Center is here for you!


We are excited to announce that a new partnership between the UNMMG School Based Health Clinic at Van Buren and UNM ADOBE. ADOBE is currently accepting referrals for students or their family members who may need additional assistance in the following areas; Healthcare, Psychiatric care, navigation of social service needs (including but not limited to, Food Stamp applications, Medicaid Applications, Housing support, Job readiness) and educational support through an educational navigator. To qualify for the program at least one student in the household needs to attend Van Buren. Referrals may be made through the SBHC 505-265-2555 or by calling/texting ADOBE directly at 505-206-0696.

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