School closed due to sickness

Longney Church of England Primary Academy has been closed today following a sickness outbreak.

A significant number of pupils and staff have been experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea over the last 24 hours. The building will have a complete deep clean over the weekend, to reduce any risk of the virus spreading. The academy will reopen on Monday 14 November.

The academy has been advised by the Public Health England Health Protection Team that this is a mild illness probably caused by a virus, but that it is very infectious. The most usual symptom is vomiting. Some people may have diarrhoea and/or abdominal pain. Symptoms rarely last for more than 24 – 48 hours.  The incubation period (time it takes for the illness to develop) is between 24 and 48 hours.

If your child is affected, they must stay away from the academy until two days (48 hours) after the symptoms have stopped.

The virus is easily spread from person to person. Good hygiene by everyone in the family reduces the risk. This means washing hands with soap and warm water after going to the toilet and before preparing or eating food.

For health advice and information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, just dial 111 from any landline or mobile phone free of charge.  Some areas of the country are still covered by the 0845 4647 service or Public Health England Health Protection Team on 0300 3038162 (option 1, then option 2), out of hours advice 0300 3038162 (option 2).

For media enquiries, contact Katherine Clamp, Senior Communications Officer, 01452 835591, kclamp@glosdioc.org.uk

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