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Appleby Primary School to close after Norovirus outbreak

[A]ppleby Primary School is set to close for a day this Friday (13th) after a recent outbreak of the Norovirus.

Environmental health have issued the school with information that requires the building to be deep cleaned and sanitised. After speaking with their health and safety consultant, the school will close its doors on Friday. The cleaning will then be carried out over the following three days, and will reopen on Monday 16th May.

The Norovirus, described by the NHS “causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It’s also called the “winter vomiting bug” because it’s more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year.”

A spokesman for Appleby Primary School said: “Due to the Norovirus outbreak, as is normal procedure, we have taken advice from Cumbria County Council Public Health Team and following our enhanced cleaning schedule a deep clean of the school will take place on Friday, the school will reopen at 8.55am on Monday as usual.”

A spokesperson for Cumbria County Council said: “We have spoken to the school about this sickness outbreak and have provided public health information and advice on appropriate measures to stop the spread of infection. The school has introduced an enhanced cleaning schedule and will be closed on Friday 13 May to allow a deep clean of the school to be carried out.

“Diarrhoea and vomiting illnesses can easily spread from one person to another, particularly in places like schools where people are in close contact with each other for much of the day. Anyone who becomes ill should stay away from school until they have been free from symptoms for a full 48 hours.”

We would issue the following advice to families:

  • Follow good standards of personal hygiene including washing hands thoroughly after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and rest to prevent dehydration.

If you have concerns about your child becoming dehydrated, consult your GP or local pharmacy.

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