•  Somerville School District
    Van Derveer School - Health Office
    Preschool - 5th Grade
    School Nurse - Mrs. Alyson Cornyn
    School Nurse - Ms. Jennifer Shaw
    (Please report absences before 9:00 am) 

    Two certified school nurses serve the students of Van Derveer Elementary School.  They are available to see students who become ill or receive an injury during school hours.  The following services are also provided by the school nurse:

    • Annual vision testing – Vision screenings are administered to all students in Kindergarten, Grade 2, and Grade 4.  Vision screening will be completed for all new students and students referred by a teacher or parent/guardian.

    • Auditory screening – Auditory screenings are administered to students in Kindergarten through Grade 4.  Students entering the district without a recent record of audiometric screening will have a screening.  Students may be referred by a teacher or parent/guardian for audiometric screening.

    • Weight and height – All students are weighed and have their height measured once a year.

    • Scoliosis screening – Students who are ten years of age or older will be screened for scoliosis as mandated by State Law.

    The New Jersey Department of Education guidelines provide first aid for school children to “protect life and comfort” until authorized treatment is secured.  If a student becomes ill during school hours, the school nurse will contact the parent/guardian to arrange to have the parent/guardian come for the student.  If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the persons listed as emergency contacts will be called.  These persons should be aware that they may be asked to transport your child in emergency situations.  It is most important for the safety of your child that the school nurse and Main Office have your current telephone number and phone numbers of at least three other persons who may be contacted in case of an emergency.  Be sure to advise the Main Office of any changes in telephone numbers, cell phone numbers, addresses, places of work, and emergency contacts for you and your emergency contacts.  In the event that no one can be reached the Somerville Police Department will be contacted.

    All health related questions should be referred to the school nurse at (908) 243-1514. All first aid procedures are reviewed and signed by the school physician each year and are posted in the nurse’s office.  Parents/Guardians should contact the nurse’s office to alert the nurse of any special health problem or conditions regarding their child.

    A physical checkup by the family physician is required of students entering kindergarten.  This examination must be completed no more than 365 days prior to entry.  It is very important for children to have at least one physical examination during each of the child’s developmental stages; Early Childhood (2nd grade) and Pre-adolescence (5th grade). 

    All new students to the school district must have a physical by their own physician within 10 days of admission to school.  Immunizations must be completed as mandated by state and district policies or admission to school will be denied.  Any student transferring from another country is required by the New Jersey State Department of Education to have a Mantoux tuberculin test.  This can be given by the school nurse with parent/guardian permission.


    School personnel may not provide medical or dental treatment and may not give any medication, including over the counter medication, unless medication is prescribed by a physician and written approval is obtained from the prescribing physician.  If a student requires medication during the school day, New Jersey State Law and district policy require the following: 

    1.      Pupils requiring any medication at school, including over-the-counter, cough drops, and prescriptions, must have: 

    a.       A written statement from the family physician, which identifies the type, dosage, and purpose of medication.

    b.      A written statement from the parent/guardian giving permission for the nurse to administer medication prescribed by the physician.

    c.       Medication in the original container. 

    2.      Any medication to be administered during school hours must be kept in the health office.  This medication will be kept in a special locked cabinet.  This includes cough drops or lozenges, or any over-the-counter medications.  

    3.      Changes in times or dosage of medication must be confirmed by the physician in writing.


    1. Students may not self-medicate, including cough drops.

    2. Students may not be in possession of any prescription or over-the-counter medication.

     PLEASE NOTE: If your child is on medication during school hours, please make arrangements to have an ample supply, refilled regularly, to avoid interruptions in the medication program. The school nurse may contact the home when prescriptions are low. Medication must not be sent to school with children but delivered personally by the parent/guardian or a designated adult.  Medication that is not picked up by the last day of school will be discarded.