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UPDATE: North Elmham school hit by sickness bug will stay shut for the rest of the term

PUBLISHED: 17:10 22 July 2014 | UPDATED: 17:10 22 July 2014

General view of North Elmham Primary School. Picture: Matthew Usher.

General view of North Elmham Primary School. Picture: Matthew Usher.

© Archant Norfolk 2014

A mid-Norfolk school, which was forced to close its doors on Monday after teachers and pupils were struck down an aggressive sickness virus, will remain closed for the remainder of the term.

Following advice from Environmental and Public Health, North Elmham Primary School will not be reopening as it had hoped while it awaits a ‘Deep Clean’ to kill off any remaining virus.

On its school closures information page on its website Norfolk County Council said: “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

But the news will be particularly devastating for the school leavers in Year 6 who headteacher Keith Wright said were looking forward to end of term events and to bid farewell to their teachers and friends.

He said: “We have a fabulous team of staff who are never off sick lightly but the wellbeing of our children is very important. We won’t take any chances with their health.”

He added that the virus seemed to be very aggressive and was causing people to fall ill very quickly, but normally recovery would start within 24 hours.

* Have you been affected by the school closure? Email kathryn.cross@archant.co.uk

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