Administration of Medicine in Schools
1. Administering medication at school
If your child requires staff to administer medication to your child at school, please contact the school office in the first instance to discuss your child’s requirements.
Please note, school staff will only administer medication that:
- has been prescribed by a qualified health practitioner (e.g. doctor, dentist)
- is in it's original container
- has an attached pharmacy label
Office staff will ask you to complete and sign the required medical consent forms.
2. Requirements for students at risk of anaphylaxis
If your child is at risk of anaphylaxis, it is important for you to provide the school with your child’s emergency medication and their ASCIA Anaphylaxis Action Plan, completed by your doctor. This Anaphylaxis Action Plan provides the instructions for the school to administer your child’s medication in an emergency, which is specific to respond to their health condition.
3. Requirements for students at risk of asthma
If your child has asthma and requires assistance to administer their medication, it is important for you to provide the school with your child’s emergency medication and their Asthma Action Plan, completed by your doctor. An Asthma Action Plan provides specific instructions for the school to administer your child’s medication.
We recognise that some students are capable of managing their asthma without adult assistance. If you are confident that your child can confidently, competently and safely self-administer their asthma medication, let the school administration know. The school will record your decision and will not require your child’s Asthma Action Plan. Please note that if your child requires assistance in an asthma emergency, staff will provide Asthma First Aid.
4. Providing medication to the school
Before you provide the school with your child’s medication, check the expiry date to ensure it is in-date and there is enough for the agreed time period. It is also a good idea to take a note of the expiry date so that you can replace the medication before it expires.
Please note, school staff will not administer medication that you can buy over-the-counter at chemists and supermarkets (e.g. paracetamol, eye drops, cough syrup) unless it has been prescribed by your child’s qualified health practitioner. For example, the school would administer paracetamol to a student only if it has been prescribed by their dentist to be taken for a short time after dental treatment.
School staff are bound by these regulations and we hope that all parents will acknowledge and cooperate with these rules.
It is safer for all students if you can provide medication to the school in person (rather than send medication with the student). If you can’t provide the medication in person, contact the school to determine the easiest and safest approach for the school to receive the medication.
If you believe your child is capable of self-administering their own medication at school, please contact me to discuss, as this requires my approval.
When your child’s medication is no longer required to be kept at school, please collect all unused medication.
5. Working with the school to support your child’s asthma needs
For many students, asthma will be a lifelong health condition, so it is important for students as they become older and more capable, to recognise their signs and symptoms and be confident to administer their own medication independently when required.
If your child is not yet confident with this and you would like the school to administer asthma medication to your child, it would assist us if you could provide an Asthma Action Plan, completed and signed by your child’s doctor when you provide their prescribed medication to the school.
However, when you feel that your child can confidently, competently and safely administer the right dose of their own medication at the right times and can store their medication securely, let the office know. We will note/update your child’s medical records to reflect your decision.
The school only needs your child’s Asthma Action Plan if staff are administering or helping your child to administer their asthma medication, or if their emergency response is complex.
Our school has staff trained to provide Asthma First Aid in an emergency to any student demonstrating signs and symptoms of serious asthma attack.
If you are unsure whether your child is ready to self-administer, or if your child’s health condition changes, please contact the school Office to discuss further.
Thank you for assisting us in supporting your child’s health needs.
Sun Safety Policy
Year-round sun protection is important for all children and young people in Queensland as research demonstrates that high ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure in childhood and adolescence significantly increases the risk of developing skin cancer.
Our school aims to educate our students about being sun safe in order to develop important, life-long, healthy habits, and acknowledges the important role adults play during and outside school hours to reinforce sun safety with children and young people.
In implementing this policy, our school and community recognise that:
• the policy applies to all school and school-related activities and events;
• the strategies are to be implemented during the whole school day and year-round; and
• a combination of sun safe strategies is more effective than a single approach.
For more information view the Coorparoo State School Sun Safety Policy here.
Mobile Phone Policy
Coorparoo State School guidelines for appropriate use of personal mobile telephones by students
There are times when it is genuinely appropriate and beneficial for students to have access to a private mobile telephone. Students may, for example, need to contact parents in emergencies or to confirm or change a collection time after school. However, except in times of genuine emergency, mobile telephone use will be restricted at school. These guidelines have been developed in line with the Guidelines for the Use of Personal Technology Devices at School as they appear in the Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students. These guidelines apply to students at school, during excursions, camps and extra-curricular activities.
- Students are encouraged to ‘hand-in’ their mobile telephone to the main office before the start of each day and collect these at the conclusion of the school day.
- Mobile telephones are used at their owners’ risk and only brought to school with parent consent. The school in the event of the loss, theft or damage of any mobile telephone will accept no liability unless it can be established that the loss, theft or damage resulted from the school’s negligence.
- Mobile telephones should not be used in any manner or place that is disruptive to normal school routine, including class times and nominated break times throughout the day.
- It is important that students display courtesy, consideration and respect for others whenever they are using a mobile telephone.
- In-phone cameras are not to be used anywhere a normal camera would be considered inappropriate and students should not photograph or film other individuals without their consent, or send harassing or threatening messages.
The School Handbook is available. Please view the Handbook on this page to read further information on school Rules and Policies.
These guidelines have been developed in line with the ‘Guidelines for the Use of Personal Technology Devices at School’ as they appear in the Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students endorsed by the
Principal Coorparoo State School, President Coorparoo State School P&C Association and Assistant Regional Director, Metropolitan Region.