A certified school
nurse serves the students of Van Derveer Elementary School. The nurse sees 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
Changes in times or dosage of medication must be
confirmed by the physician in writing.
- Students may not self-medicate, including cough drops.
- Students may not be in possession of any prescription or
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