There is no requirement for school to manage and administer medicines but where there is a clear medical need for medicines to be taken during school time the Head or the Head’s representative will accept this responsibility.
Medication should only be brought to school when absolutely essential. Often doctor can prescribe in a manner which allows the dose to be taken before and after school.
Where there is an essential need for the medication to be taken during the school day, the following requirements should be met.
1) Parents must fill in the form (available from the receptionist’s office; see attachment) which gives details of the medication, the amount to be administered and the timing of such administration.
2) Medicine must be in the container in which it was dispensed and should show the child’s name and dosage.
3) Medication should be handed to the Head Teacher/Deputy Headteacher (or First Aider) to be put in the locked cabinet.
4) School will not store quantities of medication and it should therefore be brought to school daily when it is for a short- term condition.
5) Responsibility for collecting the medication at the end of the school day lies with the parent.
6) School will not give children medicines such as aspirin or paracetamol (as this could be seen as prescribing) but if there is an agreement with the parents that they supply, and give permission for the school to administer these this would be allowed.
Long-term medical needs
Pupils with long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and allergies must have access to their medicine when required. Details of these children are displayed in the office.
Children who have asthma keep their inhalers with them or they are in a place within the classroom where they can access them.(See Asthma Policy) . All children with inhalers are able to administer the medication themselves but younger children may need supervision. When children have an Epi-pen prescribed, all staff should be aware of these children’s needs and be Epi-pen trained. This should be kept in a safe place which is accessible to staff if required.
Teachers must inform supply teachers, or cover staff, of any children in their classes who suffer long-term medical needs and where any medication they may need is stored.
Arrangements need to be made for children who need medication on school trips and visits. Often the children will be able to take the medicine themselves and the teacher needs simply to take responsibility for looking after the medication.
Children with asthma should carry their inhalers with them.
Treatment of Head Lice
Any child with head lice should not return to school until they have been treated and all lice have been removed. It is parents’ responsibility to inform school if their child has head lice. School will then issue notices to parents informing them of an outbreak in school and what action should be taken. In severe cases, school health will be consulted.