Longney School closed today

Longney Church of England Primary Academy has been closed today following a sickness outbreak.  The school is contacting parents to make arrangements for remaining pupils to be collected from the academy.

A significant number of pupils and staff have been experiencing sickness (vomiting) and diarrhoea over the last twenty four hours. The academy has been closed to ensure that the building has a complete deep clean in order to reduce any further risk of the virus spreading. The academy will reopen again on Monday 14 November. 

The academy 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 0844225 4524 option 1. 

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