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

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
5:10 PM

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.

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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

7 comments

  • ...."Following advice from Environmental and Public Health".....if it was that contagious and life threatening there would have been a regional health warning. Getting bugs is part and parcel of being alive. What next shutting schools during flu outbreaks?

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    Rhombus

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Credit to the newspaper for removing Rhombus' "silly reason to close a school" comment.

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    Robin Hood

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Perhaps it's silly for hospitals to shut wards when the norovirus hits !! perhaps they should do a deep clean either ?? Perhaps Rhombus should come and look after all our children throwing up and pooing everywhere and then decide if its nonsense or not !!!!

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    Man about town

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Well said Kelly Gell. If deep cleaning is 'Nonsense' would hate to see the state of hisher house !!!!

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    Man about town

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • No Rhombus its not a 'silly' idea i take it you havent got children at this school yes it maybe just 24 hours but when you see your child cry because they are in pain because they have been sick so much they have nothing left that is not silly as for sitting near the toilet thats not happening is it they are on the toilet for ages so unless you have actually experienced this & have kids that go to this school like i do that opinion is nonsence

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    Kelly Gell

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Not a silly reason at all !!! My daughter attends this school and this has been a bad virus which has caused 30 plus children and teachers to full incredibly ill with sickness and diarreah !! A week on from the first report and theres still plenty of people catching it. It's only because people have the attitude 'It's only been a bit of sickness the children are fine for school' which is why the virus spreads so fast and stays in the system for at least 48 hours. Are hospitals silly for closing wards when norovirus hits ?? perhaps they shouldn't do 'Deep cleaning' and let everyone just get on with it !!! I don't think theres anything nonsense about cleaning, perhaps if more was done virus' like this would be killed off more quickly !!

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    Man about town

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Absolutely the right reason to close a primary school: where there is an indication of a highly contagious viral outbreak (probably norovirus or rotavirus) with large numbers of staff and students suffering 24hours of intense pain and diarrhoea and requiring a further recovery period of up to 3-4days. Closure and deep cleaning are essential to remove such a virus from a school or other enclosed environment - as, if not tackled immediately, situations such as the cruise ship and hospital outbreaks that hit the national news (sadly and occasionally as a result of fatalities) can occur.

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    Robin Hood

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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