Parsippany schools are open!

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Eight-year old Theodore Stanziale, who is entering Third Grade at Northvail School awaits for the bell to ring on the first day of school

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Parsippany-Troy Hills School District opened this morning for the school year 2017-2018.  The students arrived eager to meet their new teachers, see their friends and start learning in their freshly painted classrooms.

Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School opened for the 2017-2018 school year at 7:40 a.m. and classes end at 2:25 p.m. (Click here for Parsippany High School Bell Schedule and Click here for Parsippany Hills High School).

Brooklawn Middle School and Central Middle School opened at 7:55 a.m. and classes end at 2:46 p.m.

All Elementary Schools start at 8:55 a.m. and classes end at 3:25 p.m.

Schools will end on June 21, 2018.

For additional information, click here.

Grades K-12 are scheduled for 184 days, which allows for four snow/emergency days. If the number of snow/emergency days used is either more or less than four, the calendar will be adjusted accordingly. If more snow days are needed they will be taken from the April Break beginning with April 6.

The calendar includes important dates such as winter and spring vacations, religious holidays, federal holidays, early dismissals and parent-teacher conferences.

Here is the full list of dates to know for this school year:


  • Friday, September 1: Teachers Report, Professional Development
  • Monday, September 4: Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 5: Teachers, Grades 6 and 9 Orientation
  • Wednesday, September 6: First Day for Students
  • Thursday, September 21: No School (Rosh Hashanah)


  • Tuesday, November 7: No School for Students (Professional Development for Teachers)
  • Thursday, November 9: No School (NJEA Convention)
  • Friday, November 10: No School (NJEA Convention)
  • Wednesday, November 22: Half Day
  • Thursday, November 23: No School (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, November 24: No School (Thanksgiving holiday)


  • Friday, December 22: Half Day
  • Monday, December 25 through Friday, December 29: No School (Christmas Recess)


  • Monday, January 1: No School (New Year’s Day)
  • Monday, January 15: No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)


  • Monday, February 19: No School (Presidents’ Day)


  • Monday, March 12: No School for Students (Professional Development for Teachers)
  • Friday, March 30: No School (Good Friday)


    • Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 6: No School (Spring Recess)


      • Monday, May 28: No School (Memorial Day)


    • Tuesday, June 5: No School for Students (Professional Development for Teachers)
    • Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20: Half Day for Students
    • Thursday, June 21: Last Day for Students and Teachers, Half Day for Students, Graduation

Click here to download the entire calendar.

Safe Driving Tips from AAA
Every fall, over 55 million children across the United States head back to school. With 13 percent of those children typically walking or biking to their classes, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous – over the last decade, nearly one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Launched in 1946, AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully awareness campaign was created as a way to help reduce child pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Here are several recommendations from AAA regarding ways drivers can help to keep kids safe:

  • Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian
    struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.
  • Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
  • Eliminate distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. And children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not using your cell phone or eating while driving, for example.
  • Reverse responsibly. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicles.
  • Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at
  • Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at



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