This policy was drawn up by staff of Bishop Ahern NS.
Bishop Ahern NS aims to ensure that pupils with medical conditions receive appropriate care and support at school to enable them to fully access their education.
Under the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the Board of Management is the body charged with the direct governance of a school.
It is important that the school management authorities would request parents to ensure that the school is made aware of any medical condition suffered by any pupil attending. Where the school is aware of potential difficulties that may arise as a consequence of a medical condition suffered by one or more pupils, it may be possible for the management authorities, working in conjunction with the parents, teachers, staff and children to put preventative measures in place to lessen the possibility of any difficulties arising or to ensure that, if a pupil suffers from an illness requiring medication, that appropriate treatment is available.
The administration of medicines in primary schools is the subject of an agreement between the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) and the organisations representing school management at primary level. While this agreement specifies that no teacher can be required to administer medicine or drugs to pupils, it also sets out procedures that must be followed where a teacher or teachers agree to do so.
The position is that either the parents of the child should make themselves available to administer medication as required or where they wish the staff in the school to administer it they should indemnify the school.
Where a child requires adult assistance to administer medicine and where the extent of assistance required would overly disrupt normal teaching time, SNA support may be allocated for this purpose.
It is a matter for the Board of Management to ensure that SNAs are in a position to effectively meet the care needs of pupil/pupils for whom SNA support has been allocated in the school when appointing an SNA.
Where specific training is required, the Board of Management should liaise with the Health Service Executive (HSE) in order to ensure that the HSE provides guidance and training that enables the SNA to meet the care needs of the pupil in an appropriate manner. It is a matter for individual school authorities to make such arrangements locally.
The School is responsible for:
Ensuring that all pupils with medical conditions are able to participate fully in all aspects of school life as far as possible.
Ensuring that any training is delivered to staff members who take on responsibility to support children with medical conditions.
Guaranteeing that information and teaching support materials regarding supporting pupils with medical conditions are available to members of staff with responsibilities under this policy.
The day-to-day implementation and management of this Care Plan.
Conditions of Policy
Making staff aware of this policy.
Liaising with healthcare professionals regarding the training required for staff.
Making whole staff aware of a child’s medical condition.
Ensuring a sufficient number of trained members of staff are available to implement the policy in normal, contingency and emergency situations.
Staff members are responsible for:
Taking appropriate steps to support children with medical conditions.
Where necessary and possible, making reasonable adjustments to include pupils with medical conditions into daily school activities.
Undertaking training to achieve the necessary competency for supporting pupils with medical conditions, if they have agreed to undertake that responsibility.
Familiarising themselves with procedures detailing how to respond when they become aware that a pupil with a medical condition needs help.
Parents and carers are responsible for:
Keeping the school informed about any changes to their child/children’s health.
Where necessary, developing a Care Plan for their child in collaboration with the school.
Ensuring that all necessary equipment is with the child each day.
Where necessary, a Care Plan will be developed in collaboration with the pupil, parents/carers, the school and medical professionals.
Care Plans will be easily accessible whilst preserving confidentiality.
Care Plans will be reviewed at annually or when a child’s medical circumstances change, whichever is sooner.
Where a pupil has an PPP, the Care Plan they will be linked to it or become part of it.
Where a child is returning from a period of hospital education or alternative provision or home tuition, we will work with the assigned teacher to ensure that the support the child needs to reintegrate is in place.
Where applicable the child’s daily routine will form part of Care Plan.
No child will be given any prescription or non-prescription medicines in accordance with school policy.
Medical emergencies will be dealt with under the school’s Critical Incident Policy.
- Contact Emergency Services
- Contact Parent(s)/Guardian(s)
- Administer First Aid if necessary
- Two members of staff at all times
- Two members of staff to accompany child in ambulance to hospital and to remain with the child until parent(s)/guardian(s) arrive.
Where a Care Plan is in place, it should detail:
What to do in an emergency.
Who to be contacted.
Care plan template
Date of birth
Medical diagnosis or condition
Family Contact Information
Phone no. (work)
Relationship to child
Phone no. (work)
Describe medical needs and give details of child’s symptoms, triggers, signs, treatments, facilities, equipment or devices, environmental issues etc.
Daily care requirements (eg before/after lunchtime)
Describe what constitutes an emergency, and the action to take if this occurs
Contacting Emergency Services
Request for an Ambulance
Dial 112 or 999, ask for ambulance and be ready with the following information
- Your telephone number 0214642430
- Give your location as follows:
Bishop Ahern NS
- Give exact location in the school
- Give your name
- Give name of child and a brief description of child’s symptoms
- Inform Ambulance Control of the best entrance and state that the crew will be met and taken to
Speak clearly and slowly and be ready to repeat information if asked