Pupils sent home after norovirus outbreak

Kingsfold Primary School in Penwortham. Pic: Google Street View

Kingsfold Primary School in Penwortham. Pic: Google Street View

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Parents are anxiously waiting this weekend to find out whether a school will open on Monday after an outbreak of a vomiting virus.

Children were turned away from Kingsfold Primary School in Penwortham yesterday and parents handed a letter from Public Health England after it was reported some children or staff had suffered from the symptoms of norovirus.

The letter from Dr Nicola Schinaia from Public Health England stated: “We have identified that a number of children within school are off ill at the present time with symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea and fever.

“The numbers are large than would normally be expected, so after discussion with the Cumbria and Lancashire Health Protection team we are writing to parents.

“The symptoms are suggestive of viral gastroenteritis (also known as norovirus) and it is known that high levels of viral illness are currently circulating in the community.”

Around 120 pupils attend the school.

The statement added: “If your child is affected with these symptoms, we would like to reiterate to parents, carers and staff members that affected people should remain off school until they have been symptom free for 48 hours. This advice will be strictly adhered to for the general health and well being of the school community.”