• The Somerville Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying, and hazing. A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for pupils to learn and to achieve high academic standards. Harassment, intimidation, bullying, and hazing, like other disruptive or violent conduct, are behaviors that disrupt both a pupil's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate pupils in a safe environment.

    Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for student behaviors that are considered to be acts of harassment, intimidation, bullying, and hazing will be taken in accordance with district policy and is described in each school's student handbook. Copies of applicable Board policies and administrative regulations are available in the district and school offices.

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    Van Derveer Elementary School
     Grades 3 - 5 
    Climate Team:
          51 Union Avenue
          Somerville, NJ 08876
          Phone: (908) 218-4105; option #3
     Robert Reavey
    Karen Tovi-Jones
    School Social Worker//Anti-bullying Specialist
    Steven Orozco
     School Psychologist/Assistant to the Anti-bullying Specialist
    Joelle Kessler
    Elizabeth Szumigala 
    Conducting the School Self-Assessment 
    Each school, through its School Climate Team (SCT), is required to evaluate its implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR) from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 by using the Self-Assessment. The Self-Assessment tool includes eight core elements that address all of the ABR requirements for schools. The SCT must assign a rating for each indicator based on the criteria and available documentation.  The maximum grade a school may receive remains 78.
    School Year  Score
    2016 - 2017  76
    2015 - 2015 75
    2014 - 2015 71