Legal responsibility for the administration of medicines rests with the parents. We advise parents to administer medicine if needed before and after school if possible. However if prescribed medication is required within school hours, the following should be followed:
- The parents sign a form of indemnity – Request to Administer Medication Form
- The medicine to be administered has been specifically prescribed by the family’s medical practitioner.
- The bottle or container is safely deposited in the school office and the container clearly displays the child’s name and prescribed dosage.
In the event of children requiring long term prescribed medication, for example, in the treatment of epilepsy or asthma, the school can medicate as per above.
NB: Administration of non-prescribed medicines is entirely at the Head’s discretion and will only be approved in specific cases after discussion with parents. For the vast majority of ailments/conditions, confirmation of the necessity for medication from the family’s GP should be sought.