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School Health


The purpose of the School Health Program is to provide nursing services to appraise, protect and promote the health status of the 3,000 students in the Holmes District Schools. School Health Services supplement, rather than replace, parental responsibility. This program is designed to encourage parental awareness of their child's health status; discover and prevent health problems; and encourage the use of physicians, dentists and community health agencies' services.
Holmes County continues to have a successful Basic/Comprehensive/Full Service School Health Program to service 7 schools. A School Health Nurse provides the required screenings for vision, hearing, height, weight and scoliosis to the appropriate grades as well as immunization follow-up. Our School Health Nurses serve as a resource to school personnel and present a variety of health information on a wide variety of topics including:  Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Teen Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, Puberty, Hygiene and other age related topics.

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PDF-16kb (Opens in New Window) Child Illness Link

Children's illness:* Top 5 causes of missed school

Child Chronic Health Conditions (Opens in a new window)

My child has a chronic health condition, what do I need to tell the school?

Diabetes Link (Opens in a new window)

School and Diabetes

PDF-246KB (Opens in new Window) Food Allergies Link

School Guidelines for Managing Students with Food Allergies*

Head Lice PDF-35KB (Opens in New Window)

Head Lice Protocol*

CDC Information on Head Lice

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Contact Information

Deborah Powell, R.N., B.S.N. at (850) 547-8500 ext 268. School Health Coordinator

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Contacts for each school:

Nurses:

  • Deborah Powell, R.N., B.S.N.-covers Holmes County High School, Bonifay Middle School and Bonifay Elementary School
  • Jennifer Eldridge, R.N., B.S.N.-covers Ponce de Leon Schools, Bethlehem School and Poplar Springs School 

Techs/Aides for each school:

  • Bethlehem School - Sandra Ingram - 547-3621 x4
  • Bonifay Elementary School - Charlotte Baines - 547-5866
  • Bonifay Middle School - Melinda Johnson - 547-2678
  • Holmes County High School - Terre Arnold - 547-9000 x2119
  • Ponce de Leon Elementary School - Amy Eldridge - 836-4296
  • Ponce de Leon High School - Mary Andrews - 836-5131
  • Poplar Springs School - Faith Ealum - 263-6260 

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    Links

    School Health (Opens in New Window) School Health Information

    Holmes County School Board (Opens in New Window)

    Holmes County School Board

     

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    * These documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed it may be downloaded free from Adobe.