Norovirus/Winter Vomiting – Health Guidance

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A number of schools across Lothian have reported an increase in pupils with vomiting and/or diarrhoea. The symptoms are suggestive of viral gastroenteritis (also known as norovirus or winter vomiting disease) which is known to be currently circulating in the community. It is usually a short lived self-limiting illness from which children and adults recover quickly.

We want to re-assure Parents that Castleview Primary is not one of the schools affected and if we all follow the attached advice we hope for it to stay that way.

The key advice for parents and staff is that anyone with symptoms must stay off school for at least 48 hours after symptoms have ceased and everyone should wash their hands frequently using warm water and liquid soap, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.

We have attached a useful document at the bottom of this article which should answer some frequently asked questions and provide guidance on infection control. You will see from the attached document that regular hand washing is a key factor in infection control and this is something we do very well in Castleview but during the winter months staff, parents, carers and pupils should be extra vigilant to ensure that everyone is washing hands regularly at key times, (coming into and before leaving school, before eating and after going to the toilet).

Please if you have concerns speak to a member of staff as soon as possible so that the situation can be assessed and if necessary procedures put in place to limit the spread of any infection.

Further information about norovirus and its prevention can be found at

To minimise the likelihood of developing norovirus we recommend:

• If your child develops vomiting and/or diarrhoea please ensure they remain off school until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. This advice applies at all times. So for instance if your child becomes unwell over the weekend they should not attend school on Monday even if by then they feel well.

• Ensure that all members of your family wash their hands frequently using warm water and liquid soap, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.



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