Schools shut down by vomiting virus
A SERIES of schools in Leeds will be closed for part of this week due to the Norovirus outbreak, it has emerged.
The affected schools – The Farnley Academy, Richmond Hill Academy, Ryecroft Academy and The Morley Academy – are all run by The Gorse Academies Trust.
All of the sites will be closed today to allow a major cleaning operation to be undertaken to eradicate traces of the sickness bug and are expected to reopen tomorrow – apart from Ryecroft Academy, which will be closed on both days.
Morley Newlands and Stephen Longfellow, also both Gorse academies, were closed at the end of last week. A message on the Stephen Longfellow’s website said the school would re-open today.
Parents have been advised that they will receive text messages – or should check the school’s websites – for the latest updates.
Letters sent to parents at Farnley and the Morley Academy read: “As you will likely be aware, across Leeds, the Norovirus is currently rife and is impacting on children and adults across the city.
“We have reached a point where we now believe that the virus is having such an impact on our student and staff population that in order to stop the spread of the virus, a full ‘deep clean’ of our premises is required.”
The letters also urged parents to seek professional advice if their child is showing signs of the vomiting and sickness bug.
Leeds City Academy, Leeds East Academy and neighbouring Parklands Primary, not Gorse schools, have also been forced to close for short periods over the past few weeks.
Burley Oaks Primary School in Burley-in-Wharfedale also closed, as did Parkside School in Cullingworth, Bradford.