Notes from the Nurse
Health and Contact Information
Student health and emergency contact information is now being captured in Genesis Parent Access. In order to provide the best care for your child, I will need to get in touch with you during school hours should your child become sick or injured. Please sign into Genesis Parent Access and:
1. Under FORMS Tab: Complete the Health Information form for each child.
2. Under CONTACTS (button in upper right corner): Review and update your phone and email information (Guardian1 and Guardian2).
3. Under CONTACTS (button in upper right corner): Please 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 doctor.
Note: Once completed, the updated Health and Contact Information will be available for viewing by the school nurse.
Child Safe Program
It is very important that Lake Parsippany School verifies all its students arrive at school safely. Please call Lake Parsippany School's Child Safe line at (973)428-7572 ext. 1 and leave a message if your child will be absent or late to school for any reason. This call can be made at any time prior to 9:00am on the day of the absence.
Teachers take attendance every morning by 9:00am. The school nurse then verifies that she has received a Child Safe call for any student who is marked absent. When a Child Safe call has not been received, the nurse begins calling parents or guardians to verify the student is safe.
When you call the Child Safe line, report your child's first and last name (spell your child's last name), teacher and reason for absence. If your child is ill for more than one day, you must call the Child Safe line each day.
Students With Illness
Please keep sick children home until they are recovered and fever free for at least 24 hours (fever free without the use of fever reducing medication).
Do not send your child to school if he/she:
• Has a fever greater than 100 degrees in the last 24 hours
• Has diarrhea or vomitting withing the last 24 hours
• Has signs of "pink eye" or conjunctivitis
• Has an excessively runny nose, sore throat, and/or cough.
Generally, your child may return to school when he/she is free of signs of illness. However, there may be times when it is necessary for your child to see your healthcare provider before returning to school.
Click on When to Keep Your Child Home From School for the Parsippany Troy Hills district guidelines.
Prevention of the spread of communicable diseases in schools and other places where children gather calls for cooperation between home and school. Click on Communicable Disease Policy Notice to view the policy 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.
If your child sees a physician for an injury, please provide the school nurse with a return to physical education note from your doctor. 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.
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-Troy Hills School District
- All students applying for working papers
- All students involved in interscholastic athletics
- All students being evaluated by the Child Study Team, when necessary
All new students entering the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District are required to have a physical examination. Click on the appropriate title to download the 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.
In addition, although not required, we urge you to obtain subsequent medical examinations at least one time during each developmental stage:
-Early Childhood: Preschool through Grade 3
-Preadolescence: Grades 4-6
-Adolescence: Grades 7-12
Physical Examination Form: PreK-Grade 5
*Physical Examination Form: Athletic PreParticipation-Grade 5
*Grade 5 Athletes need only the Athletic PreParticipation form completed.
Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes
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. Here is a list of the required immunizations for entry into New Jersey schools.
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 of vaccination 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.
5th Grade Immunization Requirements for Entry into 6th Grade
Meningococcal Vaccine FAQ
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 any medication in school, your doctor must complete the school Medication Authorization Form. Please contact me with any questions.
Under certain circumstances, a physician may deem a student able to self-administer and carry a medication on their person. The Self-Administration of Medication Form is used for medications used for allergic reactions, asthma, or insulin. Yearly updates are required.
If your child is diagnosed with a life-threatening food allergy, the physician must complete the Food Allergy Action Plan. Yearly updates are required.
If your child is diagnosed with Asthma, the physician must complete the Asthma Treatment Plan. Yearly updates are required.
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.
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:
Free or low cost healthcare coverage is now available to all New Jersey children, regardless of income. Click NJ FamilyCare to enroll or to find more information about qualifying or call 1-800-701-0710.
Please call me at 973-428-7572 ext 2 if you have any questions regarding a specific condition. If your child becomes sick or injured I will need to contact you. It is very important that I have current reliable contact information to be able to reach each Lake Parsippany parent. You may contact me at Lake Parsippany School from 8:30 to 3:30 to discuss the health and well being of your child.
Mrs. Mary Beth Willmot, RN, CSN