Whilst there is no legal or contractual duty on staff in school to administer medicines or supervise students taking their medication, nevertheless, we wish to support our students where we can.
The prime responsibility for a student’s health lies with the parent or carer who is responsible for the student’s medication and should supply the school with any relevant information.
- ensure that the medication is kept in a secure place during the school day.
- ensure that the medication is only accessed by an identified person.
- ensure that each time the medication is administered the school’s medication record is completed.
What we expect parents to do:
- We would expect parents not to ask staff to administer medication unless it is absolutely essential that this takes places within school hours.
- Any medication brought into school should be done so by a responsible adult (e.g. parent/carer).
- The medication should be brought into school in the pharmacist’s original packaging, with the pharmacist’s name clearly visible.
- Only the amount of medication required for school use should be brought in.
- The prescription and amount to be taken should be typed or printed clearly on the outside of the packaging and there should be no alterations made to the label.
- Provide the name of the doctor prescribing the medication.
We ask parents to:
- Sign a consent form for the administration of medication to take place.
- Agree to collect any unused medication at the end of term.
- Participate in the drawing up of a care plan for any students on ongoing medication which needs to be taken in school time.
- Students may not carry any medication apart from an inhaler or epipen.
- We will only administer prescription medication.
- Parents must come in to school to collect any unused medicine at the end of term.