POCES Health Services

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

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