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School Health

Florida Department of Health in Holmes County

The purpose of the School Health Program is to provide nursing services to appraise, protect and promote the health status of the 3,300 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 6 schools. A School Health Nurse provides the required screenings for vision, hearing, height, weight, BMI, 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.

Contact Information: 

Nurse: 

•Jennifer Eldridge, R.N., B.S.N..  School Health Coordinator - (850) 614-6044

•Sandra Rushing, R.N.. Covers Ponce De Leon schools, Bethlehem School, and Poplar Springs School

Techs/Aides for each school:

•Bethlehem School - (850) 547-3621 x4 

•Bonifay K8 - (850) 547-3631 

•Holmes County High School -  (850) 547-9000 x2119 

•Ponce de Leon Elementary School -  (850) 836-4296 

•Ponce de Leon High School - (850) 768-4523 

•Poplar Springs School -  (850) 263-6260

OTHER LINKS:

The Florida Department of Health - School Health

Holmes County School Board

School and Diabetes

CDC Information - Head Lice