It would be appreciated if parents, as far as possible, dealt with the administration of medication at home. If a child requires prescribed medication during school hours then parents are asked to deliver the medication to the school office and not the class teacher. The medicine should be brought to school by a parent or other adult. It is also necessary for you to complete a form giving permission that the medication may be administered to your child. A copy of the form is available below. The medicine should be in a properly labelled container. The label should contain the following information:

  • the child’s name
  • the name of the medicine
  • the dosage and time of administration
  • date of dispensing
  • storage instructions
  • expiry date

If your child has a long-term illness such as epilepsy or asthma and requires medication on an infrequent and irregular basis you should contact the school. The school is advised that it should only accept responsibility where specific guidance has been received on the nature of the emergency and the procedure necessary to cope with it.

For further guidance please read our Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy.

Administer Medication Form

Exclusion Procedure for Illness/ Communicable Disease

Disease/Illness Minimum Exclusion Period
Antibiotics prescribed First 2 days at home
Temperature If sent home, child must be off for 24 hours
Vomiting Kept at home for 48 hours from last episode of vomiting
Conjunctivitis Kept at home for 2 days, thereafter until eyes stop weeping
Diarrhoea Kept at home for 48 hours  from last episode of diarrhoea
Chickenpox 7 days from the appearance of the rash
Gastro-enteritis, food poisoning, salmonella and dysentery Until authorised by the District Community Physician
Infective Hepatitis 7 days from the onset of jaundice
Measles 4 days from the appearance of the rash
Meningococcal Infection Until recovery from the illness
Mumps Until the swelling has subsided and in no case less than 7 days from the onset of the illness
Whooping Cough 21 days from the onset of cough
Poliomyelitis Until declared free from the infection by the District Community Physician
German Measles 7 days from the appearance of the rash
Scarlet Fever/Streptococca/Infection of the throat Child can return 24 hours after commencing appropriate treatment
Tuberculosis Until declared free from infection by the District Community Physician
Typhoid Fever Until declared free from infection by the District Community Physician
Impetigo Until the skin has healed
Lice Until appropriate treatment has been given
Plantar Warts No exclusion. Should be treated and covered
Ringworm of scalp Ringworm of scalp
Ringworm of body Seldom necessary to exclude provided treatment is being given
Scabies Need not be excluded, once appropriate treatment has been given