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You are here Parents School Policy on the Administration of Medication to Pupils

As a general rule, teachers will not be involved in the administration of medication to pupils. In exceptional circumstances, where a teacher agrees to become involved in the administration of medication the following guidelines will be adhered to:

(1) The parents of the pupils concerned will be asked to write to the Board of Management requesting the Board to authorise a teacher to administer the medication.
(2) The request must also contain written instructions of the procedure to be followed in administering the medication.
(3) The Board of Management, having considered the matter, may authorise a teacher to administer medication to the pupil. If the teacher is so authorised she / he must be properly instructed by the Board of Management.
(4) A teacher will not administer medication without the specific authorisation of the Board of Management.
(5) In administering the medication to pupils, teachers will exercise the standard of care of a reasonable and prudent parent.
(6) The Board of Management will inform the school’s insurers accordingly.
(7) The Board of Management will seek an indemnity from the parent(s) in respect of any liability that may arise regarding the administration of medication.
(8) The Board of Management will give consideration to authorising another member of staff (only if the teacher agrees) to administer the medication in the event that the regular teacher is absent from school.
(9) The Board of Management will make arrangements for the safe storage of medication.