Dear Parents and Carers
This letter is to advise you that diarrhoea and vomiting illness, which is present in the community at this time of the year, is also circulating at school.
We are following advice from Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands on managing the outbreak, including increasing cleaning throughout the school.
We would be very grateful for the support of parents in helping us reduce the spread of the infection. If your child has symptoms of diarrhoea and or vomiting, please keep them at home until 48 hours after they are symptom free. During this time, they should not mix with other children outside the home or visit local venues.
Norovirus is commonly known as Winter Vomiting Disease and often occurs in the community and in schools and nurseries at this time of the year. If your child is ill, you may find the following information useful:
ADVICE FOR PARENTS ABOUT NOROVIRUS
What are the symptoms?
What should you do if your child is unwell?
How can you prevent the spread of these infections?
Hand washing is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of both of these infections. This applies to the child who is ill and the person looking after them.
Hands should always be washed, using liquid soap if possible:
Other ways of preventing the spread of infection are to:
Please keep your child away from other children and people that are particularly vulnerable, eg the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.