Policy on Teachers and Administration of Medicine
1. No teacher can be required to administer medicine or drugs to a pupil
2. Any teacher who is willing to administer medicines should only do so under strictly controlled guidelines, fully confident that the administration will be safe. The willingness will be limited to emergency situations only. A teacher who does take responsibility for administering medicines takes on a heavy legal duty of care to discharge the responsibility correctly. Every reasonable precaution must be taken. Clear instructions about medicines requiring administration must be obtained and strictly followed.
The following procedures which are advised by the INTO will be adopted:
(a) The parent(s) of the pupil concerned will write to the Board of Management requesting the Board to authorise a member of the teaching staff to administer the medication.
(b) The request will also contain written instructions of the procedure to be followed in administering the medication.
(c) The Board of Management, having considered the matter, may authorise a teacher to administer medication to a pupil. If the teacher is so authorised she/he will be properly instructed by the Board of Management.
(d) In the event of medicine needing to be administered, David Sammon (Principal) will undertake to carry out this task. In his absence, Shirley Griffith (Deputy Principal) will administer medication.
(e) A teacher will not administer medication without the specific authorisation of the Board.
(f) In administering medication to pupils, teachers will exercise the standard of care of a reasonable and prudent parent.
(g) The Board of Management will inform the school’s insurers accordingly.
(h) The Board of Management will seek an indemnity from the parent(s) in respect of any liability that may arise regarding the administration of the medicine.
The Board of Management will make arrangements for the safe storage of the medication and procedures for the administration of medication in the event of the authorised teacher’s absence. It is the parent’s responsibility to check each morning whether or not the authorised teacher is in the school.
3. (a ) In emergencies,teachers should do no more than is obviously necessary and appropriate to relieve extreme distress or prevent further or otherwise irreparable harm. Qualified medical treatment will be secured in emergencies at the earliest opportunity.
(b) The Board of Management will request that, where possible, medical practitioners should arrange times for medication so that they do not coincide with school times
(c) The Board of Management will request parents to ensure that teachers be made aware in writing of any medical conditions suffered by any children in their class.