Nurse

HEALTH OFFICE

Mrs. Ashley Egidio, CSN, RN-BC
973-889-3361 x 2 

PTHSD Health Service Handbook

 Student Absences

If your child is sick or otherwise unable to attend school, you must CALL the Child Safe Line (973) 889-3361 Ext. #1 by 9:00 AM on the day your child is to be out. This is a voicemail system that ensures all students are accounted for daily. Parents are reminded that you need to call each day your child will be out of school. Please leave a message that includes your child's name, teacher, date of absence, and the reason for the absence. 
If you would like to request homework, please contact your child's teacher by email.

When To Keep Your Child Home From School

Please click the link above to access guidelines on when to keep your child home sick.

 Snacks & Lunch

  • Please send healthy snacks and lunches!
  • If your child has a food allergy, please send in a special “Safe Snack” that can be stored in your child’s classroom for them to enjoy during class parties. To ensure their safety and wellbeing, children with food allergies cannot share in the food portion of class parties; they can only eat food that is provided specifically for them by their parent/guardian. 

 

Kindergarten Parents

Please send a change of underwear, pants, and socks in a zip lock bag with your child's name written on it. This clothing will be used for changing, if needed,throughout the year.

HEALTH INFORMATION AND EMERGENCY CONTACTS
 
It is imperative that we have current and valid telephone numbers to reach you in an emergency situation. Contacts are required to be updated each and every school year, as well as throughout the school year if any changes occur. Directions to update this information via Genesis Parent Access: 

  1. Log into Parent Access on Genesis https://parents.pthsd.k12.nj.us/genesis/parents?gohome=true
  2. Under Forms Tab- Complete the Health Information form for each child.
  3. Under Contacts (button in upper right corner)                                             a.  Review  and update your phone and email information (Guardian 1and Guardian 2).                                                                                               b.  Provide at least two emergency Contacts with phone numbers. The Emergency Contact should be a neighbor or nearby relative who will assume temporary care of your child if you cannot be reached. The Emergency Contact SHOULD NOT be your child's doctor.                   Note: Once completed, the Health Information and Contacts will be available for viewing by the school nurse

MEDICATIONS 

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 appropriate school medication forms available below.  Please contact me with any questions.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO NEVER SEND MEDICATIONS WITH YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL – THEY MUST BE DROPPED OFF BY AN ADULT.

 Click links below to download appropriate forms

Request for Medication Administration form (REQUIRED FOR ALL MEDICATIONS)

Food Allergy Action Plan form & Epinephrine Delegate Consent

Asthma Treatment Plan form 

Seizure Action Plan &  Parent Seizure Questionnaire 
  
Medication Authorization Doctor’s order form  (for ALL other medications - not food or asthma related)

 

PLEASE NOTE THESE FORMS MUST BE UPDATED EVERY SCHOOL YEAR.

 

Physical Examination and Immunization Requirements

While your child is attending a public school in the Parsippany – Troy Hills School District, he/she will be required to have a physical examination periodically.  By law, these examinations are required for the following:

  • All kindergarten students
  • All new admissions to school in Parsippany
  • All students applying for working papers
  • All students involved in interscholastic athletics
  • All students being evaluated by the Child Study Team, when necessary

K-4th Grade Physical Examination form to be completed by physician or APN

5th Grade Physical Examination form required for entering 6th grade:

In addition, although not required, we urge you to obtain subsequent medical examinations at least one time during each developmental stage at early childhood (preschool through grade three),preadolescence (grades four through six) and adolescence (grades seven through twelve).  

 

Please note there is also an Entry to 6th Grade Immunization Requirement.

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.  Click on the below link to read the requirements for entry into Grade 6.

6th Grade immunization requirements 
 

Meningococcal Fact Sheet

 

Communicable Diseases 

Prevention of the spread of communicable diseases in schools and other places where children gather calls for cooperation between home and school.  Click to view the Communicable Disease Policy Notice  and the requirements for re-entry to school.  All diseases mentioned on this form must be reported to the school.  If you have any questions, please call the School Nurse

 

MANAGEMENT
Head lice information for parents

Head lice (pediculosis) infestation is common in theUnited 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.

www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/parents.html
www.headlice.org

More Tips for a Lice-Free School Year

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)


Universal Health Insurance

New Jersey provides universal health insurance to children and affordable options for parents and guardians…(Davy, 9/08).
Please click link below for information for NJ Family Care
http://www.njfamilycare.org/default.aspx

Let's work together to have a healthy, safe and happy school year!

 



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