Dr Triplett's CE Primary School

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Reporting Illness

Reporting Illness


At Dr Triplett’s we require parents/carers support in this management by notifying us accurately and in a timely manner.

  • Please be careful of the language used, do not say FLU if you mean a cold they are very different especially in the current climate
  • Please be clear and provide the reason why your child cannot attend school, please do not say unwell – we need to know what is wrong with your child




DO NOT come to school, please telephone the school office

on 0208 573 1617


Ensure you get a LFT/PCR test as soon as possible if your child has any of the following symptoms:


  • A new continuous cough
  • Fever 37.8
  • Loss of or change of sense of taste
  • Loss of or change in normal sense of smell
  • Vomiting (48-hour rule please see below & PCR test)
  • Over tiredness
  • Aching limbs
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhoea (48-hour rule please see below and PCR test)


If you develop COVID symptoms whilst at home: CONTACT SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY  

If symptoms develop over the weekend email the school office,


  • Contact the school to inform them of a suspected case by phone as soon as possible
  • Child to stay at home
  • Child to self-isolate – 3 days for symptomatic individual, (if Lateral Flow or PCR test is positive)


Whilst there are now no isolation rules, we follow the DfE guidelines of 3-days isolation for children under 18.


  • If anyone who is symptomatic deteriorates or becomes symptomatic, please seek medical advice.


If your child develops COVID symptoms whilst at school

  • The child will be moved to an isolation area in school, parents/carers will be called to collect child from the isolation area immediately
  • Parent/carers to access a LFT/PCR test for their child immediately
  • If the test result is negative the child can then return to school


Other Illnesses not COVID


Pupils do get other illnesses and you need to report this to school in the usual way through phoning the school office.




  • Rashes/ unknown spots etc.: Consult the pharmacist or out of hours’ surgery for advice. We will then inform you of school requirements.
  • Tiredness: Children need to be in school. Please ensure regular bedtime routines are in place
  • Conjunctivitis: (Sticky Eyes): Consult pharmacist for drops, child can attend school once drops have been administered.


From time to time children are sick (vomit) either at home or at school. Unfortunately, it is not possible to distinguish between the causes, and therefore it is essential that the same rule of exclusion applies in all cases of vomiting or diarrhoea.


In the Health Protection Agency document, “Guidelines for the Control of Infection and Communicable Disease in School and Early Years Settings”, the guidance is:


Diarrhoea and Vomiting exclusion

Diarrhoea and/or vomiting commonly affects children and staff and can be caused by a number of different germs, including viruses, parasites and bacteria. Infections can be easily spread from person to person (by unwashed hands), especially in children. In general, it is recommended that any staff member or child with diarrhoea and/or vomiting symptoms must stay away or be excluded from the school or early years setting until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours (the ‘48-hour rule’) and feel well. Personal hygiene whilst ill must be very strict.


If your child is sick at school, we will ask you or your emergency contact to take your child home. They should not return for 48 hours. We appreciate that this is inconvenient in many cases, and you may not believe your child is ill, but you will appreciate that we do this in all cases and it should reduce the risk of infection for all children in school.  As an example, if your child is sick at lunchtime on a Tuesday, they should not return to school until after lunch on Thursday, provided there have not been any further episodes of vomiting.


Thank you for your understanding with this