Medications and your child

  

The administering of medication at school requires:
• supervision of administration
• parents to discuss instructions with a teacher or office staff
• documentation each time medication is administered
• medication brought to school in the original container with the pharmacists directions on it.
 
No medication is administered without an ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION FORM completed by a parent. This is to protect both staff and children from incidents of incorrect medication or dosages being administered, or of reactions which were not known about.

Children who have anaphylactic reactions wear a yellow wrist band to alert all in the event of their reacting to something in the school environment. Only wrist bands which have as their purpose an alert of medical conditions are permitted to be worn.

Because of the difficulty in enforcing the exclusion of foods (in particular) that children are allergic to, Siena has a policy of awareness raising for both adults and children. Information and education are given to the children, and the parents of those year levels where there are children who have allergies. This takes the form of an information letter to parents in which they are discouraged from sending nut products in the children’s lunches, plates of food to share which contains nuts, as well as being given information about the allergies. In the classroom, the children are told all about why the child with the allergy wears the yellow wrist band and what they need to do. 

Children who have allergies take their epipen pack to the playground and give it to the teacher on duty where they are playing.