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 personally undertake the administration of medicines.
The Board of Management requests parents to ensure that teachers be made aware, in writing, of any medical condition pertaining to any children in their class.
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.
Written details are required from the parent/guardian to the Board of Management giving:
the name of the child name and dosage of medication whether the child should be responsible for the administration of 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 where he/she can be contacted
The school should be notified immediately of any changes in prescribed medication (or dosage) with clear written instructions for administration, giving the name of the pupil.
Parents are responsible for the provision of medication and should keep account to ensure that medication is available.
Request for administration of medication should be renewed at the beginning of each school year.
Medicines should not be kept by pupils but in a locked cupboard out of reach of pupils. Certain medicines, such as inhalers used by asthmatic pupils, must be readily accessible at all times.
In emergency situations, qualified medical assistance will be secured at the earliest possible opportunity.
Parents are 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 insurance company accordingly.