Health Office Information

Meet Mrs. Riley!

Mrs. Riley has been at Van Zant School since September, 2001. She is married, has two daughters, Megan and Amanda and 2 yellow labs, Blake and Brady. They are her "boys". She likes Van Zant school because the students, faculty and parents are very friendly. Mrs. Riley has wanted to be a nurse ever since she was a little girl. Besides her full-time job here at Van Zant she also works at Virtua hospital! Her hobbies include traveling in her motor home, taking care of her family, gardening, kayaking, arts & crafts and going to the beach.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our school nurse at: 988-0687

Policy on Medications

Please help us comply with the following policy, for the protection of your child and the school nurse: All medication sent into school with your child, to be taken during school hours, must be left in the Health Office and dispensed by the nurse. All medications, including such over-the-counter items as Tylenol, Advil, allergy medicine, and cough syrup, must have a note from both the doctor and the parent. No medication will be given without these notes. The medication must be in its original container. Prescription medicine must be in a pharmacy-labeled container. Your pharmacy will provide you with a second labeled container to send to school, if asked. Many physicians are able to provide the required note via fax machine directly to your child's school. Parents must call the doctor's office to make this arrangement.


All children will have an annual health screening which include height, weight, blood pressure, vision, and hearing test. Any deviations from normal will be reported to parents.

Scoliosis Screening

Each year a scoliosis screening is conducted for all pupils ages ten through eighteen, as required by New Jersey State law. Scoliosis is a condition of the spine in which the spine may curve to the left or right. It is most commonly found during the period of rapid growth and may progress if not treated. The purpose of the screening is to recognize scoliosis in its earliest stages. If you do not wish your child to be screened for scoliosis, you must request this in writing to the school nurse before October 1. If your child has already been diagnosed with scoliosis by your family physician, please notify the school nurse. Scoliosis screening will be done for all sports physicals. Thank you for your cooperation.

Emergency Cards

Please complete the card, sign it, and return it promptly to your child's school. Please try to use local people for your emergency numbers, as someone who is more than twenty minutes away may be reluctant to come for your child. If your residence, emergency, and/or work number changes during the school year, please contact the school.


If your child has had any recent immunization, please send a the physician's certificate to the School Health Office so that we may update your child's health record.

Student Accident Insurance

The school district carries a FULL EXCESS POLICY on each student during all school activities. Please contact the school nurse for claim forms.


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