Medication Policy

Rationale:

· Teachers and schools are often asked by parents to administer medication for their children while at school. It is important that such requests are managed in a manner that is appropriate, ensures the safety of students, and fulfils the duty of care of staff.

 

Aims:

 

· To ensure the medications are administered appropriately to students in our care.

 

Implementation;

 

· Children who are unwell should not attend school.

 

· The Welfare Coordinator has agreed to be the staff member responsible for monitoring the administration of prescribed medications to children.

 

· Non-prescribed oral medication (eg: head-ache tablets) will not be administered by school staff, unless accompanied by a written letter of consent and is to be kept in the locked medications cupboard at the Office.

 

· All parent requests for the Welfare Officer to administer prescribed medications to their child must be in writing on the form provided and must be supported by specific written instruction from the medical practitioner or pharmacist’s including the name of the student, dosage and time to be administered (original medications bottle or container should provide this information).

 

· Requests for prescribed medications to be administered by the school ‘as needed’ will cause the Welfare Coordinator to seek further written clarification from the parents.

 

· All student medications must be in the original containers, must be labelled, must have the quantity of tablets confirmed and documented, and must be stored in either the locked office first aid cabinet or office refrigerator, whichever is most appropriate.

 

· Consistent with our Asthma policy, students who provide the Welfare Coordinator with written parent permission supported by approval of the principal may carry an asthma inhaler with them.

 

· Classroom teachers will be informed of prescribed medications for students in their charge, and classroom teachers will release students at prescribed times so that they may visit the school office and receive their medications from the person responsible for administration of medications on that day. (A team of staff members will share this responsibility and will be trained accordingly)

 

· All completed Medication Request Forms and details relating to students, their prescribed medication, dosage quantities and times of administering will be kept and recorded in confidential official medications register located in the school office.

 

· Students involved in school camps or excursions will be discreetly administered prescribed medications by the ‘Teacher in Charge’ in a manner consistent with the above procedures. Completed documentation will be filed on return of the excursion to school.

 

· Parents/carers of students that may require injections are required to meet with the principal to discuss the matter.