Whilst the school is committed to supporting children with medical conditions in school, we remain concerned about the processes in school for giving medication as we have limited capacity to store it and it is difficult to ensure that it is safely collected at the end of the day.
There is no obligation for schools to give medicines and we believe that it is safer for us not to do so, unless the medication required demands that a dose is administered during the school day.
Most medication does not need to be given at school and the policy of the school is not to administer it except in rare circumstances to be agreed with the Headteacher.
Please inform your GP that medication is not routinely administered by school staff.
It is unacceptable for you to give your child any medication without our knowledge e.g. Calpol in their lunchbox.
Please do not give your children throat lozenges to bring into school. We have taken advice and whilst some throat sweets do have local anaesthetic, and therefore may help with a sore throat for a period of time, they are not a necessity. The main concern with 'boiled sweets' in the school setting is that they would be potentially very harmful if eaten at playtime when the children are running around and could choke on them.
If children are not well they should not be in school.
Administering prescribed medication.
We shall continue giving medication such as asthma inhalers and emergency medication for conditions of which we have been made aware (e.g. EpiPens), as we have had training for these and there are health care plans in place.
Children with long term conditions will have a health care plan agreed with the school and parents so that the child can be supported to take full advantage of all that school has to offer.
If you would like further information, please contact the school office for a copy of our Medicines in School Policy.