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School Closed Friday 29th November 2019

28th November 2019

Dear Parents / Carers

This letter is to advise you that diarrhoea and vomiting illness which is present in the community at this time of the year is also circulating at school.  You may be aware that other schools in the local community have had to close to carry out deep cleaning.  Following a rapid increase in the number of students displaying symptoms of this illness this afternoon, we have taken the decision to close the school to allow for deep cleaning to take place and to prevent further spread of illness.  As we have planned closures on 2nd and 3rd December, we hope this will mean we can return free of infection on Wednesday 4th December.

We would very grateful for the support of parents in helping us reduce the spread of the infection. If your child has symptoms of diarrhoea and or vomiting, please keep them at home until 48 hours after they are feeling better. During this time, they should not mix with other children outside the home or visit local venues.

Norovirus is commonly known as Winter Vomiting Disease and occurs commonly in the community and in schools and nurseries in particular at this time of the year. If your child is ill, you may find the following information useful:

ADVICE FOR PARENTS ABOUT NOROVIRUS

What are the symptoms?

Diarrhoea and vomiting usually lasting 1 -2 days

What should you do if your child is unwell?

Make sure they get lots of rest. Ensure they drink plenty of fluids, taking sips rather than gulps to avoid vomiting. • Give infant Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, according to product instructions, to help keep their temperature down. • If your child is unusually sleepy, won’t take fluids or has other symptoms, such as blood in their diarrhoea, an unusual rash, headache, neck stiffness or difficulty breathing, ring NHS Direct (0845 4647), contact your GP or take your child to hospital. • Please ring your child’s nursery/ school and let them know that your child is ill and what symptoms they have.  Keep them at home until they are well enough to return to school. However, if your child has been suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting keep them at home until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.

How can you prevent the spread of these infections? Hand washing is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of both of these infections. This applies to the child who is ill and the person looking after them. Hands should always be washed, using liquid soap if possible: • Before and after caring for your child. • After using the toilet. • Before eating or handling food. • After cleaning up a mess.

Other ways of preventing the spread of infection are to: • Keep a separate towel for family members who have symptoms. • Dispose promptly of used tissues and other items that your child may have coughed or sneezed on. • Wash soiled clothing, bed linen and towels in a washing machine. Use the hottest wash for that fabric. • Clean baths and washbasins thoroughly and disinfect after use. • If cleaning up diarrhoea or vomit, wash the surface with hot soapy water and disinfect before allowing to dry. If using bleach remember that it can remove the colour from fabrics and can burn the skin.

Please keep your child away from other children and people that are particularly vulnerable, e.g. the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.

What work can students do while we are closed?

Year 7-9

Students can revise from their Knowledge Organisers (available on the website and students will have physical copies for some subjects)

Students can also use online resources such as BBC Biteszie and My Maths

Y10-11

Students can revise key topics for their GCSE studies using: Knowledge Organisers GCSE Bitesize My Maths, Maths Watch PIXL applications (maths, science, English Literarture)

Sixth Form should use this time to revise and prepare for their in class assessments.

I look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Wednesday 4th December.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Smith-Childs

Haedteacher