Flu-like & vomiting and diarrhoea symptoms at Rowlatts Mead Primary Academy
Due to the outbreak of a virus across the school that has resulted in over 120 pupils being absent with sickness and vomiting, we have taken the decision to close the school for two days to do a full and deep clean of the entire building. This way we hope to stop the spread of the virus any further and protect the children/staff currently still unaffected.
School will re-open on Thursday 5th December at 8.35am.
As we would expect at this time of year, more people visit their GP with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea and flu like illnesses. Public Health England (PHE) have been notified that a number of pupils have developed these symptoms at Rowlatts Mead Primary Academy.
We ask that people be alert to the signs of flu which include sudden onset of fever, cough as well as sore throat, aching muscles and joints. The best advice is to rest, keep warm and drink plenty of water. All staff and children with symptoms of flu-like illness must be kept off school.
If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, contact NHS 111 for advice.
People suffering with flu-like symptoms should catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately, wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water and frequently clean used surfaces to stop the spread of flu. Avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu.
Vomiting and Diarrhoea symptoms:
Diarrhoea has numerous causes, but it is usually caused by an infection in the gut that can be easily passed to others by the mouth or when contaminated hands or objects are put in the mouth or after eating contaminated food or drinks. The infection can also spread to others when the affected person vomits. This is because aerosols can spread the organism directly to others and contaminate the environment. A person will be infectious while symptoms remain. The best advice is to rest and drink plenty of water.
Children and adults should be excluded until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped and they are well enough to return.