Te Totara Primary School - Growing and Learning Together

Health & Medical

Administering Medication at School

e.g. Antibiotics, Antihistamine, Asthma medication etc. 

From time-to-time it is necessary to administer medication to children at school. We are happy to do this and follow the guidelines set out in the school's "Administration of Prescribed Medication by School Staff in Non-Emergency Situations" Policy.

The Policy also requires parents/caregivers to complete a "Medication Consent Form" (see below link to download a form).  You can also obtain a hard copy of the form at the School Office, this must be completed prior to any medication being administered or bought to school.

Medicine Consent Form.doc

Health Concerns - Please see the Infectious Diseases Chart link below for more information.

It you any health concerns at all, please seek advice from your family Doctor.


Recommended Recovery Time

Vomiting Until well and for 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting.
Diarrhoea Until well and for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea.


(Pink Eye)

Until eye discharge has ceased.
Measles For at least five days after the appearance of a rash.
Whooping Cough
Five days from commencing antibiotic treatment.
Mumps Exclude for five days after facial swelling develops, or until well.
For seven days from appearance of rash, or until all blisters have dried.
School Sores/Impetigo
Until sores have dried up or 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has started.
Infectious discharge/

Uncovered lesions

Until 24 hours after treatment has started and/or discharge has


Streptococcal Sore Throat
Until well and/or has received antibiotic treatment for at least 24 hours.
General Anesthetic
Allow 48 hours to be fully alert.
Cold / Flu Symptoms Until Well.
Ears Until discharge or pain has ceased and child is well.
General unwellness /

Unfit state for learning

Until symptoms cease (e.g. at least 24 hours after last high

temperature - above 37.5 degrees) and student is in a fit state 

to be involved in full school day's activities.

 Infectious Diseases

 Infectious Diseases Information and Exclusion Chart.pdf

 Meningococcal Information

 Letter from the Ministry of Health
 Meningococcal Disease Information



Headlice Information

Headlice Facts - MOH.pdf

School Sores

School Sores Information


Slapped Cheek

Slapped Cheek Information 


Whooping Cough

 Whooping Cough Information