MANAGEMENT: Head lice information for parents:
Head lice (pediculosis) infestation is common in the United States among children 3 – 12 years of age. Head lice are not a health hazard and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. The most common symptom of lice infestation is itching. If you notice your child scratching his or her head often, especially behind the ears or at the nape of the neck, check for lice. Also, do frequent checks when you know of a lice outbreak in your child’s school.
Please see the instructions for treatment of head lice. You may also refer to the Classroom Lice Notifications that are sent home with your child for treatment instructions during a lice outbreak in school.
Please visit the following websites for additional information regarding treatment of head lice infestation.
NJ Department of Health Bed Bug Resources:
Guidelines for Use of Steri-Fab or Microban for Sanitizing/Disinfecting Mattresses, Bedding and/or Upholstered Furniture (PDF 13K)
Bed Bug Control for Homes (PDF 18K)
Bed Bug Fact Sheet (PDF 169K)
Bed Bug Inspections and Remediation (March 2010) (PDF 42K)
Procedures for Reporting Student Absence
When your child will be absent from school please call the main number 973- 263-7070 of the school your child attends and follow the voice prompt to reach the Child Safe Line (Elementary) and/or Attendance Office (Secondary). Please leave the information requested below, in detail to allow us to insure the health and safety of all students.
1. Date of Absence
2. Child's full name (please spell last name)
3. Grade, Teacher and/or Homeroom
4. State reason for the absence
NOTE: Any child with a fever above 100 F must stay home until at least 24 hours after their fever is gone, without using fever-reducing medicine like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
When to keep your child home from school
It is very important that we have current and valid telephone numbers in order to reach you in the event of an emergency or illness during the school day. Please keep us alerted throughout the school year of any changes in writing.
All new students entering the Parsippany – Troy Hills School District are required to have a physical examination. Click on the Grades K – 4 Physical Examination Form heading to download the appropriate physical form for the physician to complete. Please send the completed form to the school nurse.
Click on the Fifth Grade Physical Examination Form heading to download the appropriate physical form for the physician to complete. Make a copy of the form to keep for your own records before sending the original completed form to the School Nurse.
Fifth Grade Immunization Requirements for Entry in Sixth Grade
The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services has amended the immunization requirements for all students born after January 1, 1997 and entering the 6th grade on or after September 1, 2008. Students will now be required to receive one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given no earlier than the 10th birthday and one dose of a meningococcal containing vaccine (meningitis) such as the medically-preferred meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Written proof must be provided to the school nurse. As per state guidelines, failure to provide this information will exclude your child from school until vaccines are completed and proof presented.
If it is necessary for your child to take medication in school, please be aware that the BOARD of EDUCATION has a strict policy in place that includes both prescription and over-the-counter/non-prescription medications.
For administration of all medicine in school, your doctor must complete the school medication form available below. Please contact me with any questions.
Have your child’s physician complete the above Medication Authorization form. Parents must bring in the medication in its original container. Students are not permitted to carry medication on them. Click on the Medication Policy heading for further information. The forms need to be filled out by the physician every school year that your child requires medication.
Under certain circumstances, a physician may deem a student able to self-administer and carry a medication on their person. This order form is used for medications used for allergic reactions, asthma, or insulin.
If your child is diagnosed with a life-threatening food allergy, the physician must complete the Food Allergy Action Plan. Click on the heading to download the appropriate form. The forms need to filled out by the physician every school year and submitted to the school nurse.
If your child is diagnosed with Asthma, the physician must complete the Asthma Treatment Plan. Click on the heading to download the appropriate form. The forms need to filled out by the physician every school year and submitted to the school nurse.
If your child is diagnosed with a Seizure disorder, the physician must complete the Seizure Action Plan. Parents must complete the Parent Questionnaire. Click on the heading to download the appropriate form. The forms need to filled out by the physician every school year and submitted to the school nurse.
New Jersey State Law requires all students to participate in a physical education program unless excused by a physician. However, for reasons of temporary illness or injury, a student may be excused up to three (3) days, upon receipt of a note from the parent. A note from a physician is required to be excused from physical education beyond 3 days.
Student Health Insurance Information
"Governor Corzine has made a commitment for New Jersey to provide universal health insurance to children and affordable options for parents and guardians..." (Davy, 9/08). If you would like more information you may go to http://www.njfamilycare.org or call 1-800-701-0710.