Administering Medicines Policy
Relationship to School Ethos:
Dafna International School Kindergarten promotes positive home-school contacts, not only in relation to the welfare of children, but in relation to all aspects of school life. This policy is in keeping with the school ethos through the provision of a safe, secure, and caring school environment and the furthering of positive home-school links.
We aim to provide a framework within which medicines may be administered in cases of emergency or in instances where regularized administration has been agreed with parents/guardians.
We will agree to administer medication as part of maintaining the pupils’ health and well-being or when they are recovering from an illness however, it is not our policy to care for sick children, who should be at home under the care of parents until they are well enough to return to the school. Children who are sick should not be sent to school or on field trips as they constitute a health risk to the healthy children and staff in the school.
- At Dafna KG, the management or the teaching staff will not be responsible to administer medical treatment to pupils, such actions and procedures are normally carried out by the school nurse.
- Children taking prescribed medication must be well enough to attend school.
- Only prescribed medication by a doctor is administered by the school nurse. It must be in-date and prescribed for the current condition. Non-prescribed medication will also be administered by the school nurse if a child has a fever, headache or minor injuries.
- Parents give prior written permission for the administration of medication. No medication may be given without the Medical Indemnity form (Available with the school nurse) being fully completed.
- Parents are instructed not to send any medicines in the child’s book bag and to visit the school in person to handover the medicines to the school nurse.
- In the event of absence of the nurse to school in a particular day the parents will be asked to authorize the any of the staff member to administer medicines.
- All medication is stored in accordance with product instructions. Medicines are placed in a secure cupboard or refrigerated. Where the cupboard or refrigerator is not used solely for storing medicines, they are kept in a marked plastic box.
- The school nurse is responsible for ensuring medicine is handed back at the end of the day to the parent.
- No child will be allowed to self-administer any kind of medicines.
- When a child falls sick during school hours, the school nurse will call the parents to fetch the child from school.
Long Term Health Problems
Where there are children with long-term health problems in school, proper and clearly understood arrangements for the administration of medicines must be made with the School authorities. This is the responsibility of the parents/guardians and the medications should be administered by the parents by visiting the school or by the school nurse, where agreed.