Advice re Norovirus

 

23 September 2016 

Dear Parents/Carers 

Sickness Bug in School 

I am writing to inform you that there is currently an outbreak of suspected Norovirus within the school. 

We have been in discussion with Public Health England who have acknowledged all of the procedures that the school have put in place so far; 

  •  All hand rails, door handles and surfaces in which hands regularly come into contact across the school have been disinfected (this is being repeated several times across the day) 
  •  All desks in the affected areas are being disinfected regularly across the day 
  •  All children in the affected area are checked by an adult to make sure they have used soap to wash their hands after a visit to the toilet 
  •  As is our normal practice, antibacterial hand gel continues to be used before children eat tuck or have lunch 
  •  Any children exhibiting symptoms are being sent home. 

We have been advised that Norovirus is an air borne virus that will have been brought into the school from the community. It is very infectious and should your children exhibit any of the symptoms below, they need to be kept home from school for 48 hours. 

  •  Temperature 
  •  Tummy ache 
  •  Sickness 
  •  Diarrhoea 

Preventing the spread of Norovirus 

Norovirus is easily spread – you can catch it simply by touching contaminated surfaces or objects. 

All adults, both in school and at home, can help prevent the spread of Norovirus by: 

  •  washing hands frequently with household soap, and encouraging children to do the same – especially after going to the toilet 
  •  ensuring any infected child is not sharing things such as toys, blankets, and so on 
  •  keeping any child with Norovirus symptoms home from school and away from other children where possible – children with Norovirus should also avoid contact with vulnerable adults, such as elderly relatives 

How do you treat Norovirus? 

To treat the symptoms of Norovirus, we recommend the following for children and young people: 

  •  Ensure they drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. 
  •  Give them liquid paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains. 
  •  If they feel like eating, give them easy to digest foods such as bananas or brown rice. 
  •  Stay at home – there is nothing the GP can prescribe for sickness and diarrhoea, although your local chemist may be able to provide rehydration solutions.
  •  Contact your GP or NHS 111 to seek advice if the symptoms last longer than a few days, or visit nhs.uk/norovirus for more information. 

Should your child be ill with these symptoms for more than 48 hours, please contact school. Please see the leaflet below for further guidance and advice and do not hesitate to call me if you wish to discuss this further. 

Yours faithfully 

Nikki Cotterill 

Associate Headteacher