A Birmingham school has closed its doors to pupils after a flu-like virus swept through classrooms.
Kings Norton Primary will be shut today and tomorrow for a deep clean.
In a letter to parents yesterday, deputy headteacher Jill Evans said the school had been left with no choice.
She said: “There has been a further increase in both staff and pupil absences today so in order to facilitate a thorough deep clean of the school to help prevent further cases, we will be closed to all pupils Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday, December 3.
“However this is an initial plan and we will be reviewing absences daily.
“We will inform you by text message and a notice on the website/Twitter to let you know the exact day when school will re-open, but we are hoping it will be on Thursday.
“We appreciate it may be difficult for some parents to arrange child care so we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“I am sure you can appreciate that we are taking these measures because the health of the children and staff are most important to us.”
The closure came days after the school revealed it was working with the Public Health England body to investigate an outbreak of respiratory illness. It urged parents to take their children to their GP if they came down with a fever, headache, cough or sore throat.
The statement also advised parents to keep their children at home until they had recovered.
But one mother said: “Parents are very upset at a lack of information.”