North Yorkshire school closes after more than 50 children and staff struck down by norovirus

A primary school near York has been forced to close today after more than 50 pupils and staff contracted norovirus.

Copmanthorpe Primary School. Photo: Google.

Copmanthorpe Primary School, in the North Yorkshire village of Copmanthorpe, closed at noon today for a full deep clean of the school buildings and equipment, the City of York Council said.

It will remain closed tomorrow and Wednesday but is expected to reopen on Thursday morning.

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A City of York Council spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that Copmanthorpe Primary School will close at 12noon today, reopening on Thursday morning, following a suspected norovirus outbreak.

“The decision to close the school was taken following consultation with the council’s public health team and Public Health England, and will enable a full deep clean of the school buildings and equipment to be carried out.

“Over 50 pupils and staff have been affected by the outbreak so far.”