Glasgow school closes after Norovirus outbreak, while another primary fights Covid

And Glasgow West End school has been shut down due to a suspected Norovirus-related outbreak.

Kelbourne Park Primary and Nursery closed Monday after an outbreak of illness and diarrhea with children and a ‘large number’ of staff infected.

It comes when Sunnyside Primary in Craigend was hit by one Covid outbreak this week – with half the children free and 10 teachers affected. The City Council’s head of education said it could not close as vulnerable families need support and extra staff have been recruited to help run it. The school has been thoroughly cleaned and all children were asked to take a sidestream test.

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Further support needs school Kelbourne Park on Hotspur Street reported workers were hit by a disease bug over the weekend.

Education Director Maureen McKenna of Glasgow said: “We had an outbreak of illness and diarrhea in one of our schools and we closed it on Monday. We closed it because a large number of staff were affected and there were children with underlying health problems. . “

School principal Andrea MacBeath said: “I know this has already been an unusually disruptive period, but due to an outbreak of illness and diarrhea among staff and children we have decided to close on Monday. Staff numbers were reduced on Friday and more staff have approached over the weekend to tell that they have also become ill.

She added: “I can only apologize for the disruption that is likely to cause, but I hope an extra day will give staff time to recover and ensure everyone can get back to school safely on Tuesday.”

Ten employees have been affected by Covid in Sunnyside Primary in the city, the council’s committee on education, skills and early years heard yesterday.

Ms McKenna told city councilors that less than half of the children go to school – and that it functions effectively as a childcare center for working and vulnerable families.

She said: “Let’s keep risk assessments and constraints in place, but we need to balance that with the negative impact that we know not going to school has on certain families.”



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Ms McKenna added: “The reason we are not closing is because we have a commitment in parts of the city where there are high levels of deprivation where we support our families while it is safe to do so.”

In response to a question from Councilor Elspeth Kerr about when a school closure would be required, Ms McKenna said: “It’s about balancing children’s safety. We have recruited additional staff for that school. We have closed the language and communication. Resource.”

She told the committee’s parents have been supportive and amazing.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “The school has seen a wave of positive results over the last week in line with an increase in the community.

“The school works with families to keep them updated on developments and assure them that all public health and risk assessments are adhered to in the building to minimize the risk of proliferation in the school.

“We are all still dealing with a worldwide pandemic, and everyone can do their part to continue to follow the advice and guidance to help reduce and control the spread of the virus.”

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