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11th Dec, 2019

Illness outbreak closes Henley-in-Arden High

AN OUTBREAK of vomiting and diarrhoea has closed Henley High School for two days.

An announcement on the school’s website said it had experienced ‘an extraordinarily high level of absence’ related to the illness.

It said though the outbreak began over the weekend, it was possible the school had become contaminated.

The school will be closed today (Thursday ) and tomorrow while a deep clean takes place.

A letter from headteacher Steve Jeffries said: “There is obviously, no point in deep cleaning the school overnight only to have children with the infection returning to school the next day so closing the school should ensure that children returning on Monday do not bring the infection back into school.

“The infection is self-limiting and is unlikely to last more than 72 hours.”

It further advised in the unlikely case children still experienced symptoms after four days (by the end of the weekend) they should not return to school for 72 hours after they last experienced vomiting or diarrhoea.

Public bodies including Public Health England and Environmental Health are aware of the situation.

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