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School closure extended after virus

PUBLISHED: 11:01 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:29 03 July 2010

THE closure of a Gorleston school following a sickness outbreak has had to be extended until next Wednesday to allow more time for the premises to be cleaned to the required standard.

THE closure of a Gorleston school following a sickness outbreak has had to be extended until next Wednesday to allow more time for the premises to be cleaned to the required standard.

Staff at Oriel Specialist Mathematics and Computing College had hoped to re-open the school this Monday, but the deep clean needed to stop the virus spreading means the school will have been shut for almost a week by the time it re-opens.

The decision to send the 600 pupils home was made on Wednesday afternoon after several staff and students suffered stomach upsets during the last few weeks. But two days was considered insufficient time to get the job done so the time period was extended.

Earlier this week, headteacher Paul Butler said: “Over the last six weeks we have had high levels of student and staff sickness, thought to be a result of the winter vomiting virus.

“We have been in regular contact with the Environmental Health Protection Agency and have followed all their advice around cleaning and hygiene.”

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