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Sickness bug at Derby school forces dozens of children to be sent home

Parents at Alvaston Junior Academy say they're are concerned other family members may catch the bug after children were sent home. Credit: BPM

Parents at a primary school in Derby say dozens of children have been sent home for the second consecutive day after a sickness bug.

Alvaston Junior Academy on Elvaston Lane sent a text out to all parents this morning (17th of May) alerting them of the outbreak.

The primary school sent out a text alerting parents of the outbreak. Credit: BPM

Many parents say they're concerned about the situation and fear other family members will catch the bug.

Emily Evan’s daughter went back to school for two days and is off school again with vomiting.

She said school bugs are inevitable but “this seems very extreme.”

She wants the school to get cleaners in during the day to monitor the cleanliness of the toilets.

Headteacher Kate Spencer-Lovesey said:

A large number of children have been absent from school due to sickness over the last two days. We understand that this is concerning but we would like to reassure parents that we are doing all we can to prevent this spreading further.

Contagious sickness bugs can be very difficult to contain, especially amongst large numbers of children in such close contact.

We have sought advice from Public Health England and have taken every precaution possible, such as extra site cleaning, encouraging effective handwashing and communicating advice to parents.”

– Kate Spencer-Lovesey - Headteacher of Alvaston Junior Academy

The academy say they will stay open as normal.

But they are asking parents if they think their child is unwell to keep them at home for at least 48 hours.