Parents of a child, who is required to have medication during school hours, must arrange to supply such medication to the Principal with written permission and instructions as to its dispensing. Children who take medication at the same time every day must have written instructions from their Doctor. Medication, when not being dispensed, must be securely locked away. Children who are asthmatic need to keep their puffer/ventolin with them. Please see below.
All care must be taken by persons accepting responsibility for the administration of medication and the Medical Sheet in the office must be signed by the person administering same. Any person refusing to accept such responsibility may do so, unless it was a known condition of employment at the time of engagement.
At St Finbar’s we currently have several students who are anaphylactic – for whom medical plans have been established. These students have procedures for care which all staff are asked to familiarise themselves with.
Parents have been asked to fill in, and send back, a management plan for their child. A copy of this is kept on the child’s file, classroom and casual teacher’s folder. Medication needs to be kept on the child or nearby at all times. The school has ventolin and spacers if there is an emergency.
In the interest and safety of our asthmatic students, aerosol cans (deodorants, body sprays & hair sprays) are not permitted at school.
Stimulant Medication - School Procedure For Administering
When a student is prescribed stimulant medication that is to be taken at school, the school requires a note from the doctor naming the medication and the dosage and time of the dosage. The medicine must be presented in the original bottle/box from the dispensing chemist. The school requires a week's dosage to be sent each Monday. On CEO advice, we are not allowed to hold a larger supply.
All medication must be handed in at the school office, where it is kept under lock and key. The secretary is usually the person who dispenses the medication and she keeps and signs a daily diary for any dispensing. The appropriate allowance is paid for this task.
If the doctor advises that the amount of medication or the time of the dosage needs to change, then the school requires a letter from the doctor with advice regarding the changes. Arrangements cannot be changed until the school receives a letter from the doctor.