Norovirus at Local Primary Schools

You may have seen on local and national news that there has been an outbreak of norovirus at Broadclyst and Westclyst Primary Schools. Clearly, there are a number of families with children at these Primary Schools and at Clyst Vale, so we are monitoring closely!

At present, we have had no absence reported to us with the symptoms of norovirus, and no student reported feeling unwell with these symptoms in College today.

Therefore, for the time being, we are following standard guidance which I repeat here.

“Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages. It is highly contagious and is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, an infected person, or consumption of contaminated food or water.

The symptoms of norovirus are very distinctive – people often report a sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and watery diarrhoea.

Good hand hygiene is important to stop the spread of the virus.”

“People are advised to:

• Wash their hands thoroughly using soap and water and drying them after using the toilet, before preparing food and eating

• Not rely on alcohol gels as these do not kill the virus

“An infection with norovirus is self-limiting and most people will make a full recovery in 1-2 days. It is important to keep hydrated – especially children and the elderly.”