Portsmouth schools reopens and is bug-free

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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IT WAS business as usual at two schools yesterday that were closed following a suspected outbreak of the norovirus winter vomiting bug.

Stamshaw Infants and Juniors opened their doors to dozens of youngsters after they closed on Friday to avoid more children and adults getting sick.

Headteacher of the junior school Simon Cattermole had decided to close both schools after more than 120 pupils and eight staff members at his school either called in sick or were sent home with stomach aches.

Over the weekend the junior school was thoroughly disinfected, and Mr Cattermole said all but about 20 youngsters were back yesterday.

He said: ‘The most important thing here is that we acted swiftly and took the right action to ensure the bug did not spread and the school was decontaminated thoroughly.

‘The cleaners did a brilliant job and I’m delighted we’re just about back to normal.

‘We’ve asked no-one to come back to school until they have been symptom-free for 48 hours. Touch wood we seem to contained the problem.’