Virus hits primary school

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PARENTS of children at Queensferry Primary are 
being advised not to send their offspring to school if they feel unwell.

More than 100 pupils, almost a quarter of the pupil roll, have been absent over the past week with mild ‘flu-like’ symptoms, such as a cough, runny nose, headaches, aches and pains.

And, on Tuesday, a decision was made by headteacher Karen McGregor and the NHS Lothian health protection team to notify parents to keep children at home, if they showed symptoms, to avoid the bug from spreading. The school also restricted attendance at the popular nativity play to pupils only.

A council spokesman said: “We have written to parents to advise them of the situation and to keep affected children off school for two days once symptom free. The aim of these measures is to help contain the spread of this illness further in the run up to Christmas.”

Mrs McGregor added: “We recognise that to cancel public events will be a huge disappointment to children and parents but it is important that we do everything to possible to avoid more children falling ill in the run-up to the Christmas break.”