Northern Ireland

Hillcroft special school to reopen following bacteria discovery

Hill Croft Special School
Image caption Hillcroft Special School in Newtownabbey is due to reopen on 25 February.

Hillcroft Special School in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, will reopen on Monday after being closed for almost a month.

The school was closed after a bacterium which can cause Legionnaires' disease was discovered in a disused shower block.

The North Eastern Education and Library Board has apologised to parents for the disruption.

Work was sent home to the pupils while the school was closed.

In a statement the NEELB said: "The board regrets the disruption that has taken place to the educational routine of the pupils who attend Hillcroft School and is delighted to be in a position to re-open the school.

"We very much appreciate the work of the principal and staff of the school during this difficult period and would wish to express our thanks to parents for their understanding and support".

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