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