Administering Prescription Medication


Adopted 17th June 2019.

Reviewed October 2020.

The next review date is October 2023.

Policy Statement

KingsGate School recognizes administration staff and nominated staff may be required to administer prescribed medication to students. The School states it should only be requested to administer medication during the school day in order to ensure that a student’s health is not placed in jeopardy.

Procedural Guidelines

a. Prescribed medication must initially be given by a medical professional or parents/caregivers.

b. Students who require medication, and are away on EOTC activities, must have written consent from parent/caregiver for medication to be administered.

c. All requests to administer medication should be in writing from the parent/caregiver.

d. Requests to administer medication must be made directly to the admin staff

e. The medication must be kept in a locked place.

f. The exact dose of medication must be provided to the school by the doctor/parent/caregiver.

g. Administering of medication will be recorded by the admin staff or administering staff member.

h. Whilst the school will take all reasonable steps to ensure the student takes the prescribed medication, the final onus is on the student, not the school.

i. If the medication is refused, or not taken, this shall be recorded in the student’s health notes or medical registration and the family/caregivers/whanau notified the same day.

j. The person administering the medication reserves the right to refuse the administration of medication. If the school is unable to find a person who is willing to administer medication, the school may ask the parent/caregivers/whanau to perform this task.

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