King Edward VI school closed for term after pupils struck down by gastroenteritis

Daily Echo: Sickness bug shuts school Sickness bug shuts school

AN OUTBREAK of a sickness bug has forced the closure of a Southampton school.

Pupils at King Edward VI have been told to stay at home for the rest of the term after pupils were struck down with gastroenteritis.

Head teacher at the independent school, Julian Thould, said the governing body took the decision after taking advice from health authorities.

According to Public Health England South, pupils began feeling unwell after going on a school trip to the New Forest last week.

Daily Echo:

A spokesman said that out of 129 students who went, 21 started showing symptoms, primarily vomiting.

After returning to school several more reported being sick, including some who had not been on the trip – giving rise to concerns that bug was the highly contagious gastroenteritis.

The spokesman said they had provided advice to the school and families of those affected regarding infection prevention.

Mr Thould, below, said the decision was made to close the school to prevent a further spread of the virus.

He said: “We have been working closely with the Wessex Public Health Centre as soon as we were made aware of the possible infection with gastroenteritis of a small number of our pupils.

Daily Echo:

"Every effort is being made to ensure that the infection is limited in its impact.

“It is always a difficult decision to make to close the school. However, we prefer to take a precautionary approach rather than risk further infection.”

Mr Thould stressed the move to close the school was a “precautionary step” three days before the end of term, which was due to be on Friday.

No staff at the Wilton Road school, which has 964 students on roll, are currently thought to have been affected.

Mr Thould said: “The pupils concerned are under medical care and have already responded well to treatment. The school has been closed for the remainder of this term.

“Health advice has been provided for all staff and students at the school and for all parents.”

A deep clean of the school would now be undertaken for the remainder of the week, he added.

King Edward VI is one of the top performing schools in the region which educates youngsters from 11 to 18 years old with fees costing around £13,800 per year.

What is gastroenteritis?

GASTROENTERITIS is where the stomach and bowel
become inflamed and is usually caused by a viral or
bacterial infection.
The two main symptoms of gastroenteritis are diarrhoea
and vomiting, which usually clear up in around five
to seven days.
To limit the spread of the virus health bosses recommend good hand hygiene, not sharing towels, or eating utensils and remaining at home for 48 hours after the last episode of illness.

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7:39am Wed 9 Jul 14

sue1956 says...

Will they get a refund of school fees?
Will they get a refund of school fees? sue1956
  • Score: -5

8:23am Wed 9 Jul 14

excusemoi says...

sue1956 wrote:
Will they get a refund of school fees?
As it's only 3 lost school days i very much doubt it!
Anyway, hope the kids get better soon.
[quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: Will they get a refund of school fees?[/p][/quote]As it's only 3 lost school days i very much doubt it! Anyway, hope the kids get better soon. excusemoi
  • Score: 6

9:21am Wed 9 Jul 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Does 1 have a poorly bott !!! The chips are down at the KING of SPUDS
Does 1 have a poorly bott !!! The chips are down at the KING of SPUDS SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: -30

10:34am Wed 9 Jul 14

From the sidelines says...

Could have been avoided with basic hygiene.
Could have been avoided with basic hygiene. From the sidelines
  • Score: -16

1:58pm Wed 9 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

Let's hope all the Teachers take part in the deep clean and upon return of the pupils they educate them on personal hygiene.
Let's hope all the Teachers take part in the deep clean and upon return of the pupils they educate them on personal hygiene. IronLady2010
  • Score: -16

4:18pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Kirsty666 says...

Some of these comments are clearly stupid if people learnt to read it was after a trip to the New Forest people became ill and it's air born so can pass on to others
Some of these comments are clearly stupid if people learnt to read it was after a trip to the New Forest people became ill and it's air born so can pass on to others Kirsty666
  • Score: 18

7:07pm Wed 9 Jul 14

rjfmusic says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Could have been avoided with basic hygiene.
Most of them have probably been brought up in homes which are far too clean; the body needs to build up resistance to bacteria.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: Could have been avoided with basic hygiene.[/p][/quote]Most of them have probably been brought up in homes which are far too clean; the body needs to build up resistance to bacteria. rjfmusic
  • Score: -8

8:15pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Bexybow87 says...

I bet if the school stayed open and more children were infected people would complain.. It seems that schools can't do right for doing wrong lately!!
I bet if the school stayed open and more children were infected people would complain.. It seems that schools can't do right for doing wrong lately!! Bexybow87
  • Score: 7

9:44pm Wed 9 Jul 14

southampton999 says...

rjfmusic wrote:
From the sidelines wrote:
Could have been avoided with basic hygiene.
Most of them have probably been brought up in homes which are far too clean; the body needs to build up resistance to bacteria.
I suggest you go back to school and learn the difference between bacterial and viral infection. It's nothing to do with not being exposed to bacteria.
[quote][p][bold]rjfmusic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: Could have been avoided with basic hygiene.[/p][/quote]Most of them have probably been brought up in homes which are far too clean; the body needs to build up resistance to bacteria.[/p][/quote]I suggest you go back to school and learn the difference between bacterial and viral infection. It's nothing to do with not being exposed to bacteria. southampton999
  • Score: 10

9:42am Thu 10 Jul 14

lowe esteem says...

Apparently, Dani Osvaldo has received a lot more requests (in very neat handwriting too) to visit other schools since his recent visit here.
Apparently, Dani Osvaldo has received a lot more requests (in very neat handwriting too) to visit other schools since his recent visit here. lowe esteem
  • Score: 0

7:47am Wed 16 Jul 14

Zuluking says...

We have had 6 people off from work with this and I had the symptons yesterday. Although i feel ok'ish this morning , still feel a bit fragile. Horrible stuff though.
We have had 6 people off from work with this and I had the symptons yesterday. Although i feel ok'ish this morning , still feel a bit fragile. Horrible stuff though. Zuluking
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