Nurse

Nurse's Notes
Mrs. Goeller, RN

PTHSD Health Handbook

Health Information and Emergency Contacts

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): 
    1. Review and update your phone and email information (Guardian1 and Guardian2).
    2. 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.

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.

Center for Disease Control

Head Lice

NJ Department of Health Bed Bug Resources:


Child Safe Program

In the event that your child will be absent or late to school, you must call Eastlake School's Child Safe voice mail at (973) 428-7583 ext. 1 and leave a message. This call can be made at any time prior to 9:00am on the day of the absence.

When leaving a message, please state the following:

  1. Date of absence or tardiness
  2. Child's full name - Please spell last name
  3. Grade and Teacher
  4. Reason for absence - specific symptoms of illness
  5. If the illness is flu-like (e.g. fever of 100F or greater with sore throat or cough please indicate this information in detail.

Remember:

  • If you know in advance that your child will be out more than one day, please leave the exact length of absence on the voice mail.
  • Child Safe messages will be compared with the daily attendance sheets. If your child is absent and we have not received a phone call, the emergency numbers will be contacted to make sure we can account for your child's absence
  • If you request your child's homework, it will be available at the main office after 2:30PM.
  • It is your responsibility to keep the school informed of reliable phone numbers so that we can quickly reach you or your designee in an emergency situation. Please keep us updated throughout the school year of any changes to your child's CONTACTS in Genesis Parent Access.
  • A written note is needed after any absence and must be sent on the day the child returns to school. Some instances require a physician's note clearing the child to return.

Your cooperation is vital to ensure that the Child Safe Program works. Thank you for your help.

 

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-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

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 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.

Fifth Grade Physical Examination Form

Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes

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.

5th Grade Immunization Requirements for Entry into 6th 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 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.  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 any medication in school, your doctor must complete the school 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 headings 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 http://www.njfamilycare.org or call (800)701-0710.

 

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