Most pupils will at some time have a medical condition that may affect their participation in school activities and for many this will be short-term. Other pupils have medical conditions that, if not properly managed, could limit their access to education. Most children with medical needs are able to attend school regularly and, with some support from the school, can take part in most normal school activities. Myatt Garden Primary School is committed to ensuring that children with medical needs have the same right of access as other children.
There is no legal duty that requires schools and staff to administer medication; this is a voluntary role. The ‘duty of care’ extends to administering medication in exceptional circumstances, and therefore it is for schools to decide their local policy for the administration of medication.
The Role of Parents/Carers
Parents/carers should, wherever possible, administer or supervise the self-administration of medication to their children. This may be by spacing the doses so that they are not required within school hours, or by the parent/carer coming in to school at lunch time to administer the medication. However, this might not be practicable and in such a case parents/carer may make a request for medication to be administered to the child at school.
If medicine needs to be administered during school time, then a parent or carer must bring it to the school office and fill in the Prescribed Medicine Consent form. Medication must not be given to the class teacher, or brought into school by the child themselves. If medication is for a short-term condition, any remaining medication must be collected from the office by a parent or carer at the end of the school day.
Prescription medicines should be administered at home wherever possible, for example medicines that need to be taken three times a day can usually be taken before school, after school and at bed time. Parents are encouraged to ask the GP to check whether this is possible. Prescription medicines will only be administered by the school where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if it were not done.
Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration. Schools should never accept medicines that have been taken out of the container nor make changes to dosages on parental instruction.
In all cases it is necessary to check:
- name of child;
- name of medicine;
- written instructions provided by prescriber;
- expiry date.
If a child is taken ill or has an accident in school, we make every effort to notify the parent immediately.
It is most important that you keep us informed of any change of address, home telephone number, or emergency number so that we can keep this information up to date. We can only act on information supplied.