While the Board of Management has a duty to safeguard the health and safety of pupils when they are engaged in authorised school activities, this does not imply a duty upon teachers to undertake the administration of medicines.
The Board of Management requests parents to ensure that teachers be made aware in writing of any medical condition suffered by any children in their class. To this end, parents are asked to complete in full the medical section of the application form and update as necessary.
• Non-prescriptive medicines will neither be stored nor administered to pupils in school. • Prescribed medicines will not be administered in school without the written consent of parents and the specific authorisation of the Board of Management. • The medicine should not be kept by the pupil but in a locked cupboard out of reach of pupils. Certain medicines, such as inhalers used by asthmatic children, must be readily accessible at all times of the school day. • The medicine should be self-administered if possible, under the supervision of an authorised adult. • A written record of the date and time of administration must be kept. • A teacher should not administer medication without the specific authorisation of the Board. • No teacher can be required to administer medicine or drugs to a pupil. It must be done on a voluntary basis. • In emergency situations qualified medical assistance will be secured at the earliest opportunity. • Parents of a pupil required regular medication during school hours should write to the Board to authorise a member of staff to administer the medication in school. Written details are required from the parent/guardian to the Board of Management giving the name of the child, name and dose of medication; whether the child should be responsible for his/her own medication; the circumstances in which medication is to be given by the teacher and consent for it to be given; when the parent is to be notified and how she/he can be contacted. It is the parent’s responsibility to check each morning whether or not the authorised teacher is in school, unless an alternative arrangement is made locally. • Where children are suffering from life threatening conditions (for example, nut allergy), parents should outline clearly in writing, what can and cannot be done in a particular emergency situation, with particular reference to what may be a risk to the child. • Parents are further required to indemnify the Board of Management and authorised members of staff in respect of any liability that may arise regarding the administration of prescribed medicines in school. The Board of Management will inform the school’s insurers accordingly. • The family doctor should arrange for the administration of prescribed medicines outside of school hours. • Where permission has been given by the Board of Management for the administration of medicine the smallest possible dose should be brought to school, preferably by the parent, with clear written instructions for administration, giving the name of the pupil. • Changes in prescribed medication (or dosage) should be notified immediately to the school with clear written instructions of the procedure to be followed in storing and administering the new medication.
Parents should ensure that these procedures are clearly understood before submitting any request to the Board of Management.
This policy will be reviewed as and when necessary.