A ROWLEY Regis school re-opened today (Monday) after closing for a deep clean after staff and pupils fell ill with a vomiting bug.

St Michael’s C of E High School was forced to close due to high levels of staff and pupil sickness.

The school said that after taking advice from Public Health England and Sandwell Council, it decided to close on Friday (December 6) and yesterday (Monday December 9).

Special school The Westminster School, which is run separately but joins onto St Michael's as part of Rowley Learning Campus, also closed.

During the closure both schools were deep-cleaned.

A statement sent to parents said: "As the incubation period for norovirus is 12 to 48 hours and the exclusion period is 48 to 72 hours, this means that further outbreaks should be prevented.

"Please note that St Michael’s will be open for staff, students and community use from Tuesday morning 10th December."

The Curral Road school is the latest in a string of schools across the Black Country to be closed due to the bug, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea.