Somerville School District

                             Van Derveer School Health Office                   

      (908)243-1506 or (908)234-1514

         School Nurse - Ms. Allison Cornyn
             School Nurse - Ms. Jennifer Shaw     

    Two certified school nurses serve the students of Van Derveer Elementary School.  The nurses provide NJ State mandated screenings, provide nursing care to students who become ill or receive an injury during school hours.  Parents meetings should be scheduled when possible.


    Annual screenings for height, weight, blood pressure, vision,  hearing and scoliosis are administered to students in accordance with the NJSSNA.  


    Contact Information

    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.  In the event that no one can be reached the Somerville Police Department will be contacted.

    Health Concerns and Health Provider Notes

    All health related questions should be referred to the school nurse.  Parents/Guardians should contact the nurse’s office to alert the nurse of any health problems or conditions regarding their child.  Any healthcare  provider’s notes should be handed directly to the school nurse by the parent/guardian or student.


    Please call your child out when they are sick.   To assist the school with keeping  students accounted for, please call BEFORE  9:00 am.  Call the main Van Derveer School number- 908-218-4105.   The recording will tell you to press  #1 for attendance, and you should follow this prompt.  Do not wait for the nurse office prompt.  Please speak slowly, leave your child’s first and last name, teacher’s name, reason for absence, and the actual day your child will be absent.  You must call each day your child is absent. 

     If your child is absent for more than 3 consecutive days they will need a Doctor note stating they may return to school.

    Your child must remain home for the following signs and/or symptoms:

    **** fever greater than 100.0 without being medicated with a fever reducer such as Tylenol or Motrin/Advil

    **** vomiting or diarrhea

    ****rash of unknown origin 

    Your child must remain home until they are symptom free without the aid of medication for 24 hours. 

    Health Check Ups

    A physical checkup by a health care provider is required of students newly attending the Somerville School District.  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).

    Oral health is essential to well being.  Please ensure your child is receiving regularly scheduled dental check ups.

    Immunizations must be completed as mandated by state and district policies or admission to school will be denied.  Please reach out to the Nurse Office if you need a list of clinics in the area that provide  free or low cost immunizations.

    If your child is transferring in from another country, you may be required by the New Jersey State Department of Education to have a Mantoux tuberculin test. Please call the Nurse office to find out if your child requires a test. 


    The school nurse is not allowed to administer any medication, including over the counter medication, unless it is  prescribed by a health care provider with  written approval  from the prescribing health care provider AND the student’s parent/guardian.  If a student requires medication during the school day, parents/guardians should review the Medication Policy link below.  A link for medication administration at school which must be completed by your health care provider AND parent/guardian is listed below.

    Students may not self-medicate, including cough drops.

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

    If your child takes a medication at school, please have an ample supply, refilled regularly, to avoid interruptions in administering. 

    Medication must not be sent to school with children but delivered by the parent/guardian or a designated adult.  Medication that is not picked up by the last day of school will be discarded unless arrangements are made with the Nurse and school administrator.

    Physical Examination Form click here
    Dental Form click here
    Health History Form click here
    Asthma Treatment Plan click here
    Lice Prevention, Control & Treatment click here
    Allergy Emergency Treatment Plan click here
    Seizure Action Plan click here
    Medication Policy click here
    Medication Administration At School click here