Before any medication can be administered
to a student, strict guidelines must be adhered to. This includes
over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Department of Education and Training medication policy requires that, before ANY medication
(prescription OR over-the-counter) is administered at school:
parent notifies the school in writing by completing the relevant form: Routine/Short Term Medication (PDF, 438KB) or Emergency Medication (PDF, 338KB).
authorised practitioner (e.g. GP) must also complete a section on this
medication provided to the school must be in the original pharmacy
labelled container and handed to the school's office.
medication's expiry date must be identifiable and will not be given if it is
out of date.
- The original
pharmacy label must include the student’s name, dosage and time/s to be
student has received a dose at home without ill effect.
the school in writing via the relevant form when a change of dosage is required. This
instruction is to include the prescribing health
practitioner signature or change of label from a pharmacist.
the school in writing and collect the medication when it is no longer required
Where parents are working with a
prescribing health practitioner to determine a dose for that day (e.g. insulin,
Rivotril) parents will provide a letter from the prescribing health
practitioner instructing that parents will be responsible for notifying the
school of the adjusted dose.
Students with medical conditions must have
a completed medical condition action plan submitted to the school.
Asthmatics may keep puffers on their
person or in school bags and are exempt from the above policy, in that they may
self-administer puffer medication as they feel the need. Parents of asthmatics
must ensure that their children are familiar with the procedures for puffer
Forms may be handed in to the front
office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is not appropriate for a child who is
ill to be at school. When children are not feeling well, they are sent to the
“Sick Room” to lie down. In the majority of cases, parents are contacted and
further action is negotiated. It is the policy of the school not to have
children in the “Sick Room” for longer than one period of instruction except in