A child who is not fully fit is better off at home where he/she can be nursed back to health. Normally children should not return to school until they have finished their course of medication and are fully recovered. However if a child needs to take medicine during the school day, then the following guidelines must be observed:
Members of staff are not allowed to give children medicine prescribed or otherwise, unless this has been agreed in advance with parents and the school. In this case, the authorisation medical form needs to be completed. The medicine will be kept in the cupboard in the office or the fridge if necessary.
Parents are welcome to come to school to give medicines to their own child
Older children are allowed to self administer medicine. Medicine must be brought to school by the parents and they need to complete the form for child self administration giving dosage, times Forms are available in the office. The medicine must be left in the office during the day.
Children using inhalers may need to use them at anytime. If your child does need to use an inhaler, it is important that school is notified in writing with any specific instructions. Children who use an inhaler need to have access to it in school. The inhaler needs to be clearly identifed with the child’s name and checked termly.
This policy will be reviewed immediately if it becomes necessary for a child to have regular medication in school.
This policy was adopted on.1st November 2010 and will be reviewed annually.