If a student requires medication, East Gippsland Specialist School encourages parents to arrange for the medication to be taken outside of school hours. However, East Gippsland Specialist School understands that students may need to take medication at school or during school activities. To support students to do so safely, East Gippsland Specialist School will follow the procedures.
Authority to administer
If a student needs to take medication while at school or at a school activity parents/carers will need to provide written advice to the school which details:
- the name of the medication required
- the dosage amount
- the time the medication is to be taken
- how the medication is to be taken
- the dates the medication is required, or whether it is an ongoing medication
- how the medication should be stored.
In most cases, parents/carers should arrange for written advice to be provided in a Medication Authority Form which a student’s treating medical/health practitioner should complete.
If advice cannot be provided by a student’s medical/health practitioner, the Principal (or their nominee) may agree that written authority can be provided by, or the Medication Authority Form can be completed by a student’s parents/carers.
The Principal may need to consult with parents/carers to clarify written advice and consider student’s individual preferences regarding medication administration (which may also be provided for in a student’s Student Health Support Plan).
Parents/carers can contact the school’s reception for a Medication Authority Form.