Health Office



Contact Information

Lackawanna Middle/High School Nurses
Lisa DePasquale
Phone: 821-5610, ext. 2940

Martin Road Elementary School Nurse
Rebecca Bielat
Phone: 821-5610, ext. 4773

Truman Elementary School Nurse
Lynn Illg
Phone: 821-5610, ext. 5742

Notification of Exclusion Based on Immunization Status

There is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other disease to attend either:

• Public, private or parochial school (for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade), or
• Child day care settings.

Children who are attending child day care or public, private or parochial school, and who had a religious exemption to required immunizations, must now receive the first age appropriate dose to attend or remain in school or child day care.

Parents and guardians of all children who do not have their required immunizations are encouraged to have them and receive the first dose as soon as possible. The deadline for obtaining first dose vaccinations for children attending school in the fall is 14 days from the first day of school. Within 30 days of the first day of school, parents and guardians of such children must show they have made appointments for all required followup doses.

If you have any questions regarding this new legislation, please contact your child’s building principal for more details.

Signs & Symptoms of Head Lice

Lice are tiny brown and gray parasites that can cause itching and scratching especially on areas of the body that are covered with hair (typically the scalp, neck, and behind the ears). If your child’s hair is involved, you might be able to see the tiny lice eggs (called ‘nits’), which look like white grains of sand attached to the hair shafts. It is more common to see nits in a child’s hair than it is to see live lice crawling on the scalp. 

Lice eggs hatch within 1 to 2 weeks after they are laid. 

Medicated shampoos, creams, and lotions can end a lice infestation right away, but it may take about 5 days for the itching to stop. 

Lice are highly contagious. Although they don’t fly in the air or walk on the ground, they can pass from person to person on clothing, bed linens, combs, brushes and hats. 

Lice are not dangerous, but they can be annoying. Ask your doctor to recommend a shampoo, cream or lotion that will stop your child’s lice infestation. You may need to repeat the treatment in 7 to 10 days. 

Washing clothing and bed linens in very hot water or putting them in airtight bags for 10 days can help kill the lice and their eggs. Hair-care items like combs and brushes, can either be soaked in hot water or medicated shampoo or thrown away. 

Head lice has been reported in your child’s classroom; be alert especially if your child is scratching their head.