Medication In School
10 January 2022
MEDICATION IN SCHOOL
Following a review of our medication policy at a recent governors meeting, we are writing to inform you of the changes that have been agreed.
In most circumstances, medication (eg antibiotics) prescribed three times a day can be taken at home – before school, after school and before bedtime. However, if prescribed medication needs to be taken four times a day we can administer a dose during the school day, clear written instructions must be provided and the medicine must be kept in a properly labelled container. The label must be clear and free from alterations or defacement and must show:
• The name of the medication
• The name of the student
• The dosage and any specific directions for the medication (not simply “as directed” or “as required”)
• Precautions relating to the medication (eg “caution, may cause drowsiness” or “store in a refrigerator”)
• The name of the dispensing pharmacist/doctor
• The expiry date and the date of issue
The use of non-prescribed medication is generally discouraged but we recognise that very occasionally pain relief may be required. Paracetamol & Ibuprofen are the only non-prescribed pain relieving medication which may be administered and only if a medication consent form has been completed by the parent/carer. Without this consent paracetamol/ibuprofen cannot be administered.
If your child regularly suffers from acute pain such as migraine, you may authorise and supply appropriate painkillers complying with the details as above for ‘Prescribed Medication’.
Students with asthma should carry their inhalers with them at all times. Both the inhaler and spacer (if required) should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. We will be sending home all inhalers and spacers at the end of each term for you to check the date/contents and also to enable you to clean the spacer. It is your responsibility to ensure the inhaler is returned at the start of the new term.
If your child has been prescribed use of an Epi-pen this will be kept in the school office for emergency use. You will need to complete a health plan document which we will send home with your child.
All medication will be sent home with your child at the end of each term – if the medication is ongoing you will need to return it to school at the start of the new term. If you have medication in school which is not currently being administered to your child we will send you a text requesting that you come to school to collect it.