Administration of Medication Policy
Teachers have a duty to take reasonable care for the health of students and to comply with reasonable requests for health care assistance. This results from the statutory requirement for children between six and fifteen years of age to attend school.
No medication can be administered by a Teacher unless an “Administration of Medication” has been completed by the parent, then checked and signed by the Principal or a Deputy Principal. The Deputy Principal must be shown the medication in its original package with direction from the Doctor if prescription medication or details on the packaging if over the counter medication. Parents then need to advise their child’s teacher of the medication being given and if there will be change in student behaviour. Students cannot bring medication to school without this proforma having been completed.
Children with severe and/or life threatening medical conditions are required to have an “Emergency Action Plan” which must be drawn up by the Deputy Principal in consultation with the parent and support from the consulting doctor. Other than the use of “Epipens” for anaphylactic conditions, staff are not expected to administer medication which requires specialist training or giving injections.