Schools shut down by vom­it­ing virus

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

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.

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