STUDENT HEALTH AND MEDICATION POLICY
- Our school commitment to student health and wellbeing.
- What the school needs to know about student medication requirements.
- Who will administer the student’s medication?
- Who holds the medication?
- Taking medication for the first time.
- Privacy of medical information
- Emergency contact information
- Who will administer first aid?
1. Our Commitment
Our school is committed to the health and wellbeing of all students and staff.
Therefore student health care plans are required for students who have a health condition diagnosed by a medical practitioner. Health care plans are required to be updated annually, or the school notified if the health care plan is no longer required.
We acknowledge that parents/ guardians retain primary responsibility for their student’s health care. This includes responsibility for providing accurate, up-to-date relevant information for staff regarding student’s routine and emergency health care needs. Students will be supported to develop safe, self-management of their health care needs.
For example, health care plans are required for; epilepsy and seizure, asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis and cystic fibrosis.
Students and parents are encouraged to discuss health support and medication management, confidentially, with the Assistant Principal at the enrolment meeting.
2. What the school needs to know:
If a student needs to take medication during school hours the school must be informed. Students cannot take any medication at school without a medication authority form or a signed letter by a doctor.
This applies for:
- Prescriptions drugs
- Any over the counter medicines
- Alternative therapies
- Vitamins and minerals
- Food supplements
3. Who will administer the medication?
Teachers and SSO’s are usually trained to supervise medication taken orally or inhaled. They do not normally administer eye or ear drops, or medication taken in other ways. Ask the school about such medications as they require special planning. Staff will only assist with administering medication that cannot be taken before or after school – for example, some medication that needs to be taken three times a day can be administered at breakfast, after school and at the end of the day.
4. Who looks after the medicine?
Schools normally require that the medication is securely stored on site, even if it is being self-administered. The medication needs to be stored according to the instructions on the label and where it cannot be accessed by other students. An exception is emergency medication where the student may need immediate access – for example, for asthma relief. If a child suffers allergies or other long-term health issues, arrangements can be made with the school for ongoing storage.
5. Taking medication for the first time
Students must not take the first dose of a new medication at school. Because of the risk of an allergic reaction the first dose should always be supervised by a parent or health professional.
6. Privacy of Medical Information
The medical information provided by you and your practitioner, will have limited access within the school to maintain the student’s personal privacy.
7. Emergency Contact /Medical Information
We keep Emergency Contact Information for every child in the school. It is important that this
information be kept up to date with regard to changes of address, contact numbers, doctor etc.
Please inform school student services of any changes immediately on 08 8682 3677.
It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver/ adult student to request and ensure all appropriate forms are completed and returned to the school.
8. First Aid
Port Lincoln High School does not have the facilities or skills to care for sick students other than to provide first aid. Students who are ill should rest and recover at home until they are well enough to return to school. For basic first aid treatment, students will seek assistance from staff.
In an emergency at school, staff will administer emergency first aid and contact the front office. Front office staff will contact emergency services and student home contacts as required.
If students require first aid off site (for example, on excursions, camps, buses), in an emergency, staff will administer emergency first aid, contact emergency services and home contacts as required. For basic first aid off site, students will seek assistance from staff and home contact will be made if needed.