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Contact Karyn Brandeberry-domme  Karyn Brandeberry-domme (505) 268-3833 ex: 26860 School Nurse
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Van Buren's Health Office is staffed by a Registered Nurse and Health Assistant who tend to all ill or injured students and care for those with chronic health conditions.

Van Buren is the site of a UNM School Based Health Center, which provides well-child exams, sports physicals, and assessment and treatment of student health concerns. The UNM Dental Clinic provides on-site dental cleanings and dental evaluations for students.


Contacting the Nurse During Closure

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student's health or vaccinations please feel free to contact me at 505-750-7877  between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. I am also checking my emails several times a day and can be contacted at . If you have any questions about COVID-19 please check the APS website.

If you can not find an answer to your questions please contact me and I can help you. If you need to sign up for Medicaid during this time or have questions about your medicaid please contact our APS Medicaid enrollment staff: Brian Bolding at (505) 855-5261 (English), or Cristina Almanza at (505) 855-9820 (Spanish). The safety of our students and families is our priority. If there is anything we can do to help you please contact myself, VBMS administration or your student's teachers and we will do everything we can to help you. Please stay safe!  

- Karyn Brandeberry-Domme, RN, School Nurse, VBMS

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 exemptionvaccine and nurse clip art 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.

When is Sick Too Sick for School?
Preventing Colds and Flu

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 your 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.