Prestigious Gold Coast school to shut due to virus outbreak

One of the Gold Coast’s most prestigious schools will shut down for three days later this month to deal with an outbreak of Norovirus.

Hundreds of students at The Southport School have been struck down by the virus over the last six weeks.

The Southport School is set to host hundreds of security officials for the Commonwealth Games in April.


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Headmaster Greg Wain says that while the number of illnesses has decreased and are now quite low, health officials remain concerned that the virus is lingering too long.

Queensland Health had ordered The Southport School to shut for the last three days of this term to allow it to be thoroughly cleaned ahead of the Games.

Classes will be cancelled on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 of March.

Student free days scheduled for later this year will be cancelled and replaced with teaching days.

“This virus event has been disrupting for all and I do thank our boys, parents and staff for their on-going understanding,” Mr Wain said.

“This has been a difficult decision but one which will ensure the school is completely clear for the Commonwealth Games, and that TSS commences Term 2 virus-free.”

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Should it not be of the most importance to the school to take these steps for the children attending this school while the virus outbreak was at its highest? It appears that the kids health was not as important as the health of Commonwealth security staff. Am I missing something here?