Vom­it­ing bug strikes down 24 pri­mary pupils

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris and Sam Len­non ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.

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