POCES Health Services

Health Reminders

  • Virginia Minimum Immunization Requirements

    The Virginia Department of Health has published revised Minimum Immunization Requirements (02/21). The Health Department has posted this information at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/11/2021/03/Min_Requirements.pdf

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  • Keep Us Updated!

    Please remember to keep your child's health information up to date. Contact the school nurse if your child has a medical condition that warrants a Health Care Plan which may include, but is not limited to Food Allergy, Insect Allergy, Asthma, Diabetes, or Seizure Disorder. The school would also need doctor's orders and parent consent for any prescription medication(s), parent consent for any over the counter medication(s), and any supplies needed for your child's care. All forms needed may be obtained in the school clinic or via download on this page.

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  • Don't Send Medications with Students

    Parent/Guardians be advised that no medication may be transported to school by a student. Medication must be checked in to the school clinic by an adult and a Medication Consent Form must be completed. Regarding prescription medication-a Medication Consent Form and a Physician Authorization Form/written statement must be brought in by a parent or faxed from the physician to the school clinic before the medication can be administered. Please call your child's school nurse for further details on this procedure.

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  • Routine Preparations Used in School Clinics

    School nurses and clinic assistants may use the following routine preparations in caring for a student: Bacitracin Ointment, Bactine First Aid Spray, Alcohol Wipes, Saline Eyewash, Caladryl, Hydrocortisone Cream,Cough Drops, Aloe Gel/Lotion, Contact Solution, and Vaseline.

    Please notify the school nurse at your child's school if you DO NOT want the clinic staff to use any of these preparations in the care of your child.

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About PocaES Health Services

We see a wide variety of illnesses and injuries at the clinic on a daily basis. Additional services provided are the safe administration of prescription and over-the-counter medications, immunization compliance monitoring, classroom presentations, and health screenings.

For the safety of all students and within the boundaries of our nursing license, we have strict guidelines for the administration of medication to students at school. Please review the following procedure:

  • All medication consent forms must be completed by parent/guardian. Obtain the consent form from the clinic staff.
  • All medication must be in the original container.
  • Prescription medication must be accompanied by a physician's order stating the name of the medicine, the route to be taken, the frequency and the duration of the prescription.
  • No medication is to be transported to school by a student. The punishment is severe if students are found to have medication in their possession without prior approval (i.e. inhalers with physician's orders).
  • ALL medication must be signed into the clinic by a responsible adult.

Health Services Staff

 Arla Thompson, RN 

Arla Thompson, RN
Pocahontas Elementary School Nurse

Clinic Phone: 804-598-7326
arla.thompson@powhatan.k12.va.us

Please keep all contact phone numbers current as well as custody information. Do not hesitate to contact the school nurse to discuss the care of your child.

Many times students become ill at school and warrant school personnel sending the student home. Listed below are criteria for exclusion from school:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or more
  • Persistent diarrhea/vomiting
  • Severe coughing causing croupy, whooping sounds
  • Severe wheezing or respiratory distress
  • Tearing, irritation, redness of the lining of the eyelid, swelling, discharge of pus, sensitivity to light.
  • A rash of unknown origin
  • A severe sore throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Infected areas of the skin with yellow crusty areas
  • Evidence of live lice and/or nits
  • Serious or uncontrolled bleeding or serious injury