Norovirus (Winter Vomiting Disease)

In the event of an outbreak of Norovirus at the school, we will write to parents / carers.

Norovirus is also known as 'Winter Vomiting Disease' because it is common during the colder months of the year. It is a highly infectious virus which is one of the most common causes of vomiting and diarrhoea in the United Kingdom. We are advised that the following precautions will reduce the spread of this illness:

  • While in your care, if your child vomits or has diarrhoea or is feeling genuinely sick do not send them to school. They should then not return to school until 48 hours (2 days) after their last symptom, for example if the last time they vomited was Tuesday 8.00pm they can come back to school on Friday. This is because you can still excrete and pass on the virus to other people even though you may feel better.
  • If you receive a telephone call from the school advising that your child isn't well please make arrangements to collect your child as soon as possible.
  • Particularly while this illness is in our community encourage your child to wash their hands regularly with liquid soap and warm water and dry them thoroughly. This is very important after they have used the toilet and before eating food.