Medicines in School

Parents or carers have prime responsibility for their child’s health and should provide the school with information about their child’s medical needs. Parents should give details in conjunction with their GP or paediatrician as appropriate. Many students will need to take medication (or to be given it) at some time during their school life. This will mostly be for a short time period only.

Medicines in School

Medicines should only be taken in to school when essential: that is where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not administered during the school day. School will only accept medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist. Medicines should be provided in the original container, dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration.

Non Prescription Medicines

School will not give non– prescribed medicines to a child unless there is specific prior written permission from parents. The use of non-prescribed medicine should normally be limited to a 24 hour period and in all cases not exceed 48 hours. If symptoms persist medical advice should be sought.

New DfES Guidelines state: A child under 16 should never be given aspirin or medicines containing Ibuprofen unless prescribed by a doctor.

Medicines should be brought to reception with a signed consent form from parents/carers as soon as your child arrive in school. . This consent needs to be given to reception by the parent/carer. One consent form to be completed per item of medication. Copies of this form are available from reception.
Under no circumstances should students be carrying any form of medication in school bags with the exception of inhalers and epipens. Staff need to know of any medications administered in case of emergency. Should you wish to discuss your child’s medical requirements or needs in more detail, please ask to speak to Mrs Freeman or Mrs Drayson.
Examples of medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor/ pharmacist:
  • Asthma Inhalers
  • Allergy medication
  • Pain killers
  • Antibiotics– medicine or tablet form
  • Medication for diabetes
  • Medication for epilepsy

Parents/ carers must provide written information and a signed form to allow students to bring medicines in to school. ALL medicines must be taken to reception and must be:

  • In their original container with prescriber instructions
  • Clearly labelled by the pharmacist with the child’s name on
  • Medication must be within the expiry date.

Students who suffer from asthma or allergies may carry an inhaler or epipen themselves, but please ensure school is informed and a medical form is signed and a spare inhaler or epipen is in school at all times. From 1 October 2014 official guidance was issued allowing schools to order salbutamol inhalers as emergency stores in the event that a pupil has mislaid, broken or used up their own inhaler. All students who are administering medicines in school will need to come to the medical room, where it will be administered and recorded.

Illness and Incidents

Illness
Students who feel ill should inform their teacher and attend the medical room with a signed planner. Under no circumstances should students leave their lesson without informing a member of staff. It is at the first aider’s discretion as to whether or not a student is able to stay in school or not.
Mobility around school and medical passes to leave the classroom early – if a child has an injury which may require them taking more care to avoid knocks on corridors or has a medical condition that requires them to leave a lesson early, will be obtained from Mrs Freeman or Mrs Drayson who can then put the necessary arrangements in place.

Vomiting/ Diarrhoea
We do wish to draw your attention to the guidelines set by South Yorkshire Health Protection Service & Sheffield Education Authority. This states “To help prevent the spread of infection within school, children who have vomited should stay away from school for two full days after the vomiting has ceased”. The school would appreciate your support in ensuring that your child stays at home for two full days (excluding the day they were sent home) until they have fully recovered.

Contacting Parents/Carers
Students are not permitted to phone home on their mobile phones to arrange to be collected when ill. If a child leaves school without following the process above, their absence will be considered as unauthorised absence.

Please note: your child will not be issued with an authorised absence pass and it will be deemed as Unauthorised.

  • Under NO circumstances should your son/daughter contact you directly
  • In the interests of health and safety ALL STUDENTS must follow this process
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