Nurse’s Notes
Christine Carlson, RN
(973)263-4344 X2

Distance Learning Frequently Asked Health Questions




It is imperative that we have current and valid telephone numbers to reach you in an emergency situation. Please keep us updated throughout the school year of any changes on Genesis Parent Access:  1. Under Forms Tab - Complete the Health Information form for each child. 2. Under Contacts (button in upper right corner)      a.  Review  and update your phone and email information (Guardian 1 and 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

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)

Child Safe Program

In the event that your child will be absent or late to school, you must call the Child Safe voice mail (973)263-4344 ext. 1 and leave a message. This call can be made at any time prior to 9:00 a.m. on the day of absence.

Guidelines for Parents

When to Keep Your Child Home from School

Click on the above heading for the school district guidelines and call the Child Safe voice mail if your child is ill.

Communicable Disease Policy Notice

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

Physical Examination & 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

Grades K – 4 Physical Examination Form

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. Make a copy of the form to keep for your own records before sending the original completed form to theSchool Nurse.

Fifth Grade Physical Examination Form


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). 
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.

Immunization Requirements

If your child receives any immunizations throughout the school year, please send a copy of the updated record to the School Nurse. This will enable the Nurse to maintain accurate health records for your child. Click on the heading for a list of the required immunizations for entry into New Jersey schools.

Fifth Grade Immunization Requirements for Entry in Sixth Grade

Meningococcal Disease

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 above heading to read the requirements for entry into Grade 6.

Medication Policy

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.

Medication Authorization Form

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. Yearly updates are required.

Self-Administration of Medication Form (Allergic Reaction/Asthma/Insulin)

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. Yearly updates are required.

Food Allergy Action Plan

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.  Yearly updates are required.

Asthma Treatment Plan

If your child is diagnosed with Asthma, the physician must complete the Asthma Treatment Plan. Yearly updates are required. Click on the heading to download the appropriate form.

Seizure Action Plan & Parent Questionnaire

If your child is diagnosed with a seizure disorder, the physician must complete the Seizure Action Plan. Yearly updates are required. Parents must complete the Parent Questionnaire.  Click on the heading to download the appropriate form.

Physical Education Restriction Notice

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.  Please note: If a student is excused from physical education, he/she may not participate in recess activities, such as running, playing games, or playing on equipment.

Student Health Insurance Information

For more information, please go to or call (800)701-0710


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