Schools in one part of Scotland are being cleaned every day in a bid to battle against the Norovirus, which has struck one institution in recent days.
The Dunfermline Times has told how Pittencrieff Primary was shut last week following an outbreak of the infection, becoming the first school in Fife to be closed on the back of a hygiene scare. The news source noted that it is feared that the bug is now lurking in many other schools in Scotland and across the UK.
On Thursday (December 13th), the school shut its doors and underwent a deep clean, after about 50 children were absent the day before. The sick kids described symptoms of the winter vomiting bug.
Although the school was able to reopen on Friday, its nursery department was once again closed for a further clean to take place. This was because a child in this area also showed signs of the infection and several youngsters were kept away due to illness.
Now, an education chief at Fife Council has confirmed cleaning will be a huge part of the day-to-day running of Pittencrieff Primary and other schools in the area
Donna Mason, head of service (south), said: "Schools issue guidance to parents on how long children should stay off school following such an illness and where there appears to be an outbreak of any infectious disease we will inform parents.
"The health and safety of our children and staff is paramount and our schools are cleaned daily."
Investing in the latest cleaning products could be considered a shrewd move by schools as they bid to keep classrooms, halls and play areas clean and free from infection. By doing so, they may save themselves problems in the long run.
Symptoms of the Norovirus include sudden bouts of nausea, projectile vomiting and diarrhoea. Staying away from school is a good idea so that the bug does not spread and individuals should recover in one to two days.