MORE than 400 primary pupils spent another day at home as a deep clean at their school continued.

Children were sent home from St Katharine’s Primary School in Bournemouth on Friday after a reported “prolonged period of student sickness.”

Parents were urged to collect their children “immediately” after senior staff took advice from Public Health England.

They were initially told the school would re-open yesterday (Mon)but they received text messages on Sunday afternoon to say the school would remain closed.

The exact number of children affected has not been revealed.

In an official statement released on Friday staff said the situation was being monitored and that further advice would be sought as necessary.

The Daily Echo has attempted to speak to staff at the school, in Rolls Drive, Bournemouth, but has so far been unsuccessful.

Yesterday there were a number of vehicles from cleaning company Two Counties Cleaning at the school, which is near Hengistbury Head.

There were a number of other vehicles at the school, suggesting that some staff were on site.

The school has around 450 pupils between the ages of four and eleven.

Most parents appear to be supportive of the school’s decision to close the school.

One parent, who does not wish to be named, said: “Obviously it has caused some inconvenience to parents, particularly those who should be at work, but I think most people are supportive because they don’t want their children to become ill.”

Parents have been urged not to send their children to school when it re-opens if they feel sick, have stomach cramps or show any other symptoms of sickness.

They are being asked to allow 48 hours following the last bout of illness before returning their children to the classroom.