A SICKNESS bug has forced an Inverness school to close its doors for the rest of the week after 70 pupils fell ill.
Kinmylies Primary will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so a deep clean can be carried out.
In a letter to parents and carers issued today, head teacher Fiona McKellar said: “As you will be aware, there has been a high level of sickness throughout the school and nursery this week. We have taken advice from Highland Council, School Nursing team and the Health Protection team.
“Highland Council has been liaising with the Public Health Protection team due to a high level of children being affected by sickness and diarrhoea at Kinmylies Primary and Nursery.
“Seventy pupils have currently been affected. The school will be undergoing a deep clean and we will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to allow pupils and staff time to recover and prevent possible reinfection. We apologise for this inconvenience but the health of pupils and staff is paramount.”
She added: “If your child has been sick, it is advisable and important to avoid contact with other families for a minimum of 48 hours from the last episode of sickness or diarrhoea.
“Children cannot return to school within this time. If any parent is concerned about their child they should seek telephone advice from their GP.”
The school is expected to reopen on Monday.