Second Doncaster school closed due to winter vomiting bug

A second Doncaster school has been closed today due to the winter vomiting bug.

Friday, 29th November 2019, 4:27 pm
Updated Friday, 29th November 2019, 4:39 pm

Parents of pupils at Long Toft Primary School in Stainforth were contacted by text last night to inform them that the school would be closed today due to the number of pupils who had suffered sickness.

One mum, Rosemary Squires, said she had received the text yesterday afternoon saying the school would be closed due to the extraordinary number of pupils and staff off with the illness, and stating that the school would undergo a deep clean today.

She said: “We knew that it had been affecting children elsewhere. Now we’re keeping a close eye on our children in case they go down with it.”

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No one was answering the telephones at the school today.

Meanwhile, more details have emerged of the norovirus bug that has affected Trinity Academy, in Thorne, which was also closed today due to the bug, and where a deep clean was being carried out.

Jonathan Winch, executive principal at Trinity, said there had been 124 pupils off with the bug when he decided to close the school.

He said: “In liaison with Public Health experts, we took the decision to close the Academy for one day after staff and students reported symptoms consistent with Norovirus.

“As this is a highly infectious virus and 124 students were off school, with the number increasing rapidly, we felt closure was a responsible course of action to avoid further spread of the infection. In addition, we have taken the opportunity to carry out a deep clean of the Academy, which will reopen on Monday.”

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