Berkshire

Bracknell's Binfield school reopens after staff sickness bug

A Berkshire primary school has reopened after staff became ill with a sickness bug the weekend before pupils were due to return from their summer holidays.

Binfield CE Primary School in Bracknell was shut for the first four days of the new term but has now reopened.

About 25 staff - half of the workforce - were affected after eating together at their inset day last Friday.

About 400 pupils had been due to start on Monday. The stomach bug affected both teaching and non-teaching staff.

The Health Protection Agency said early investigations suggested the outbreak was a viral illness.

Suzie Wright, head teacher, said: "I was able to make some phone calls and get a team of staff who were well to come to the school late Sunday evening and to phone every single family.

"Certainly on today's curriculum everybody has learnt how to wash their hands."

She said none of the staff were sick at the school but an intensive deep cleaning operation is being carried out as a precaution.

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