Dozens of pupils sent home in major outbreak of norovirus at school

Pupils ‘left school carrying sick buckets’ in a major norovirus outbreak, parents claimed.

The outbreak in two schools saw 45 pupils sent home with the severe vomiting bug.

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Westclyst and Broadclyst Primary School in Devon saw the bug spread through its pupils this week.

The two schools currently share the same site at Broadclyst near Exeter.

Westclyst and Broadclyst Primary School in Devon saw the outbreak (Picture: Apex)
Parents claimed pupils left carrying sick buckets (Picture: Apex)

One parent said it was ‘like something from a horror film’ when she went to collect her four-year-old son at the end of the day.

Westclyst and Broadclyst Schools are working with Public Health England to manage the outbreak.

It’s understood more schools in the area have also been affected.

Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages.

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