Vomiting bug strikes down 24 primary pupils
PRIMARY school pupils have been sent home after an outbreak of a vomiting bug.
A note was sent out to Furley Park parents yesterday (Wednesday) after 24 pupils came down with the illness. It also warned anyone displaying the symptoms should stay off school for 48 hours.
A Kent County Council spokesman told the Kentish Express: “We have had a number of children becoming unwell with a sickness bug over the past week.
“We have spoken with community health and taken advice on the situation. We are encouraging children to wash their hands carefully on a regular basis and the cleaning staff are taking extra care in their duties.”
Mother Ruvini Hewavidana, whose son Dinum, six, attends the school, says it should have done more to alert parents.
She said: “My son was quite violently sick about four times on Tuesday night. The bug seems to last for about 12 hours and he is OK now, but he was screaming in pain. I’ve never seen him like that before.”
She added: “You have to send your child to school and I don’t have any power to not allow him to go. It is a very good school, I have to say, but on this occasion I think they should have let parents know what was happening; I know children were being sent home last Friday.”
Parents at the school, in Reed Crescent, have been asked to reinforce the message that children need to wash their hands. Children who become unwell are also being told to stay off school for 48 hours to prevent it spreading to other children.
Head teacher Paul Ketley said: “I am sure with the break next week and the above action we will see the end of this bug.”
Furley Park Primary in Reed Crescent, Park Farm, was opened in September 2000 to cope with the growth of the estate.
The school has about 420 pupils. In its last Ofsted report, in 2008, it got mostly Grade 2s (good), and Grade 1 (outstanding) for care guidance and support and pupils’ healthy lifestyles.
The school was particularly praised by inspectors for good diet.
The school was named after Sir John Furley, one of the earliest presidents of the Red Cross Society in the 19th century and a founder member of the St John Ambulance Association.