Mason Moor Primary School in Southampton closed after legionella bacteria discovered

Hampshire Chronicle: Mason Moor Primary School in Southampton Mason Moor Primary School in Southampton

A SOUTHAMPTON school has been shut after traces of a potentially-fatal bacteria were found in its water system.

Mason Moor Primary School will remain closed until Thursday after legionella bacteria was discovered during a water quality test.

The bacteria can result in the deadly Legionnaire's Disease, although education chiefs have said that parents should not be “unduly concerned”.

The school in Millbrook was closed after traces of the bacteria above the threshold set by the Health and Safety Executive were found in its water system.

Work is currently underway to disinfect the system, while tests will then be carried out to ensure the water is safe.

The test results are expected back on Wednesday, and it is expected the school in Helvellyn Road will reopen again on Thursday.

In a joint statement sent to parents, school headteacher Sian Smith and Southampton City Council's head of education Graham Talbot said: “We would like to assure all concerned that the identification of legionella in this instance comes on the back of a robust programme of water quality testing and that the school has been rigorous in the execution of its duties in this respect.

“It should also be noted that the detection of legionella bacteria in a school water system does not itself represent an immediate hazard if there is no chance of the bacteria becoming airborne.

“In line with best practice, the school has been closed as a precautionary measure, but parents should not be unduly concerned.

“Children are considered to be low risk for infection. School employees tend to be higher risk, particularly if smokers and/or with a suppressed immune system from illness.”

They advise any parents with concerns over their children's health to contact their GP.

Legionella's initial symptoms are similar to flu, such as high fever, headaches, chills and muscle pain.

If the tests show the disinfection has been unsuccessful, the school may remain closed for a longer period.

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6:16pm Mon 13 Jan 14

mrs pepperpot says...

The school is sh1t anyway, and I know this because unfortunately my kids go there.
The school is sh1t anyway, and I know this because unfortunately my kids go there. mrs pepperpot
  • Score: -24

6:53pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Maine Lobster says...

mrs pepperpot wrote:
The school is sh1t anyway, and I know this because unfortunately my kids go there.
A school is generally only as good as the people who go there. If your attitude as a parent, is the same as the tone in which you have written your comment, there is little wonder the school is under achieving.
[quote][p][bold]mrs pepperpot[/bold] wrote: The school is sh1t anyway, and I know this because unfortunately my kids go there.[/p][/quote]A school is generally only as good as the people who go there. If your attitude as a parent, is the same as the tone in which you have written your comment, there is little wonder the school is under achieving. Maine Lobster
  • Score: 52

6:57pm Mon 13 Jan 14

mrs pepperpot says...

Maine Lobster wrote:
mrs pepperpot wrote:
The school is sh1t anyway, and I know this because unfortunately my kids go there.
A school is generally only as good as the people who go there. If your attitude as a parent, is the same as the tone in which you have written your comment, there is little wonder the school is under achieving.
Only as good as the people that go there? Are you implying my children are sh1t? I hope not.
I would love to transfer my kid's to a different school, but unfortunately waiting lists are miles long.
I'm just saying it like it is, sorry I didn't use a less crass word than Sh1t.
[quote][p][bold]Maine Lobster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrs pepperpot[/bold] wrote: The school is sh1t anyway, and I know this because unfortunately my kids go there.[/p][/quote]A school is generally only as good as the people who go there. If your attitude as a parent, is the same as the tone in which you have written your comment, there is little wonder the school is under achieving.[/p][/quote]Only as good as the people that go there? Are you implying my children are sh1t? I hope not. I would love to transfer my kid's to a different school, but unfortunately waiting lists are miles long. I'm just saying it like it is, sorry I didn't use a less crass word than Sh1t. mrs pepperpot
  • Score: -29

6:57pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Bon Bon says...

I have to disagree with the previous comment. I have found this school to be outstanding. They helped my daughter, with lots of extra help, to achieve her levels so she could move on to Redbridge with confidence. I am confident that the same high level of teaching and support will ensure the same for my other children. The school cannot be held accountable for the plumbing.
I have to disagree with the previous comment. I have found this school to be outstanding. They helped my daughter, with lots of extra help, to achieve her levels so she could move on to Redbridge with confidence. I am confident that the same high level of teaching and support will ensure the same for my other children. The school cannot be held accountable for the plumbing. Bon Bon
  • Score: 43

7:17pm Mon 13 Jan 14

VOR666 says...

mrs pepperpot wrote:
The school is sh1t anyway, and I know this because unfortunately my kids go there.
With a parent like this, what chance does that poor head teacher have of raising standards?
[quote][p][bold]mrs pepperpot[/bold] wrote: The school is sh1t anyway, and I know this because unfortunately my kids go there.[/p][/quote]With a parent like this, what chance does that poor head teacher have of raising standards? VOR666
  • Score: 39

7:25pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Paradisecove says...

I beg to differ. How rude the previous comment is. I have always found the school to be excellent, the staff are extremely professional, warm and welcoming and the children are happy. As the previous person commented it is the building at fault not the staff and the education of the children. If you do feel like that about the school, why on earth do you keep your children there?
I beg to differ. How rude the previous comment is. I have always found the school to be excellent, the staff are extremely professional, warm and welcoming and the children are happy. As the previous person commented it is the building at fault not the staff and the education of the children. If you do feel like that about the school, why on earth do you keep your children there? Paradisecove
  • Score: 38

8:00pm Mon 13 Jan 14

S Pance says...

In this case the system has worked. Routine tests were done, legionella was found and is now being treated.

Whilst the school *might* not be the best, I'm sure the staff are working their b*llocks off to make sure children receive a good education.
In this case the system has worked. Routine tests were done, legionella was found and is now being treated. Whilst the school *might* not be the best, I'm sure the staff are working their b*llocks off to make sure children receive a good education. S Pance
  • Score: 26

8:34pm Mon 13 Jan 14

jessy93 says...

It clearly doesnt matter how I know but fact is I do. But clearly u don't know what's going on here so before u all give sarcastic comment to people about there children. I suggest u look into what's goin on and if your children go here then I suggest u should be concerned about the things that are happen in the school which are being kept very quite.
It clearly doesnt matter how I know but fact is I do. But clearly u don't know what's going on here so before u all give sarcastic comment to people about there children. I suggest u look into what's goin on and if your children go here then I suggest u should be concerned about the things that are happen in the school which are being kept very quite. jessy93
  • Score: -21

8:38pm Mon 13 Jan 14

VOR666 says...

jessy93 wrote:
It clearly doesnt matter how I know but fact is I do. But clearly u don't know what's going on here so before u all give sarcastic comment to people about there children. I suggest u look into what's goin on and if your children go here then I suggest u should be concerned about the things that are happen in the school which are being kept very quite.
In which case you should report what you 'know' through the correct channels instead of making unsubstantiated claims on a public website.
[quote][p][bold]jessy93[/bold] wrote: It clearly doesnt matter how I know but fact is I do. But clearly u don't know what's going on here so before u all give sarcastic comment to people about there children. I suggest u look into what's goin on and if your children go here then I suggest u should be concerned about the things that are happen in the school which are being kept very quite.[/p][/quote]In which case you should report what you 'know' through the correct channels instead of making unsubstantiated claims on a public website. VOR666
  • Score: 19

8:44pm Mon 13 Jan 14

jessy93 says...

All that I know has been reported, hence how I know the things I do. That's why social services and ofsted are involved. So I claim what I want as I know it's all true.
All that I know has been reported, hence how I know the things I do. That's why social services and ofsted are involved. So I claim what I want as I know it's all true. jessy93
  • Score: -20

8:49pm Mon 13 Jan 14

VOR666 says...

The headteacher, other senior leaders and governors are highly committed to the school and to further improvement. As a result, the staff team is cohesive and extremely proud of the school, which leads to the very positive ethos.
Ofsted 2013
The headteacher, other senior leaders and governors are highly committed to the school and to further improvement. As a result, the staff team is cohesive and extremely proud of the school, which leads to the very positive ethos. Ofsted 2013 VOR666
  • Score: 18

8:53pm Mon 13 Jan 14

jessy93 says...

As of 2013 we are in 2014 now and clearly you don't know nothing about any of the situations.
As of 2013 we are in 2014 now and clearly you don't know nothing about any of the situations. jessy93
  • Score: -21

8:57pm Mon 13 Jan 14

VOR666 says...

You'd be very surprised.
You'd be very surprised. VOR666
  • Score: 6

9:04pm Mon 13 Jan 14

jessy93 says...

Not really. If u really knew many of the thing the you wouldn't be suggesting that the school is so great.
Not really. If u really knew many of the thing the you wouldn't be suggesting that the school is so great. jessy93
  • Score: -19

9:07pm Mon 13 Jan 14

solomum says...

There will always be those who think a school is rubbish, normally because their children are not doing well there for whatever reason. What I fail to understand is how a story about plumbing, for which the school have obviously taken immediate action, can warrant comments about the quality of the school. If as a parent, you really think the school is that bad, then why are you still sending your child there? Perhaps you would be better working with the school to improve things than rubbishing them on a public forum. Or is it just easier to moan and make complaints than actually take an active role in trying to improve the situation?
There will always be those who think a school is rubbish, normally because their children are not doing well there for whatever reason. What I fail to understand is how a story about plumbing, for which the school have obviously taken immediate action, can warrant comments about the quality of the school. If as a parent, you really think the school is that bad, then why are you still sending your child there? Perhaps you would be better working with the school to improve things than rubbishing them on a public forum. Or is it just easier to moan and make complaints than actually take an active role in trying to improve the situation? solomum
  • Score: 27

9:14pm Mon 13 Jan 14

jessy93 says...

My child doesn't go there and never will because it's a disgrace. End of the day I know things that are goin on and legal action is being taken. I would rather take notice of things happening then stick my head up my arse and pretend everythings fine.
My child doesn't go there and never will because it's a disgrace. End of the day I know things that are goin on and legal action is being taken. I would rather take notice of things happening then stick my head up my arse and pretend everythings fine. jessy93
  • Score: -23

10:11pm Mon 13 Jan 14

G Thomas says...

I know from experience that the teachers work incredibly hard and in my opinion are the best in Southampton. This article is about the water system not the standards of teaching.
I know from experience that the teachers work incredibly hard and in my opinion are the best in Southampton. This article is about the water system not the standards of teaching. G Thomas
  • Score: 25

10:19pm Mon 13 Jan 14

terrij says...

What ever is wrong with you people!This is about a plumbing problem and not about the children or the teachers!It shows a terrible attitude to use this problem to have a "dig" at the school.I certainly hope that the appropriate people can cure the problem in the plumbing so be thankful that it has been found before anyone falls ill.
Get behind your school, celebrate it's achievements and be thankful that you are not in a third world country walking miles to get to school and having NO choice but to drink dirty water!Your attitude is a disgrace!
What ever is wrong with you people!This is about a plumbing problem and not about the children or the teachers!It shows a terrible attitude to use this problem to have a "dig" at the school.I certainly hope that the appropriate people can cure the problem in the plumbing so be thankful that it has been found before anyone falls ill. Get behind your school, celebrate it's achievements and be thankful that you are not in a third world country walking miles to get to school and having NO choice but to drink dirty water!Your attitude is a disgrace! terrij
  • Score: 28

10:39pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Bon Bon says...

I think Mason Moor is a great school and my child is very happy there. I have always found all the staff to be very proffesional and dedicated. I think the head teacher has done an amazing job in raising the standards. I find the school very open and welcoming. I had never seen or heard about any child being man handled and think it's slanderous what I have been reading.
I think Mason Moor is a great school and my child is very happy there. I have always found all the staff to be very proffesional and dedicated. I think the head teacher has done an amazing job in raising the standards. I find the school very open and welcoming. I had never seen or heard about any child being man handled and think it's slanderous what I have been reading. Bon Bon
  • Score: 24

2:38am Tue 14 Jan 14

SotonGreen says...

I wouldn't criticise mrs pepperpot's kids I know nothing about them. I do know something about mrs pepperpot from what she has written. I feel sorry for the school having to deal with such a negative self entitled individual.
I wouldn't criticise mrs pepperpot's kids I know nothing about them. I do know something about mrs pepperpot from what she has written. I feel sorry for the school having to deal with such a negative self entitled individual. SotonGreen
  • Score: 9

6:50am Tue 14 Jan 14

facebook.com says...

To be honest i personally think the school is really good, i left this shcool in 1998 and still look back on it with fond memory's. As for the teaching side its really the individual, If you're a "good" student you're always going to excel at any school. I was dyslexic at school so used to find it hard to concentrate at times, but they would always be willing to help people with any issues/problems. But the issue with the water contamination is just unfortunate and they have acted in the right manor.
To be honest i personally think the school is really good, i left this shcool in 1998 and still look back on it with fond memory's. As for the teaching side its really the individual, If you're a "good" student you're always going to excel at any school. I was dyslexic at school so used to find it hard to concentrate at times, but they would always be willing to help people with any issues/problems. But the issue with the water contamination is just unfortunate and they have acted in the right manor. facebook.com
  • Score: 12

7:42am Tue 14 Jan 14

Saints kid 35 says...

As a previous attendee at mason moor, I found that the school benefitted me both academically and socially for my future years at school. With the school ensuring I left the school with the highest grades possible the teachers were hardworking and dedicated to ensuring a child gets the best he/she can achieve. I clearly cannot understand why a problem with the plumbing, that may I add the school has took the right measures to fix, gives you a chance I slate the school, grow up and transfer your child if you don't like the school.
As a previous attendee at mason moor, I found that the school benefitted me both academically and socially for my future years at school. With the school ensuring I left the school with the highest grades possible the teachers were hardworking and dedicated to ensuring a child gets the best he/she can achieve. I clearly cannot understand why a problem with the plumbing, that may I add the school has took the right measures to fix, gives you a chance I slate the school, grow up and transfer your child if you don't like the school. Saints kid 35
  • Score: 15

7:57am Tue 14 Jan 14

Shoong says...

Dear oh dear, of course it's nothing to do with the teaching standards but the rampant loss of perspective is a requirement for this site.
Dear oh dear, of course it's nothing to do with the teaching standards but the rampant loss of perspective is a requirement for this site. Shoong
  • Score: 6

8:35am Tue 14 Jan 14

Gozza1 says...

jessy93 wrote:
Alot of u clearly don't know how **** this school is and how she is recently been under investigation for several different things.As to where the children are man handled. Alot is being reviewed on this school by the way things are going on and a child has recently been removed from here because of the head teachers constant bullying and intimidating a child.
Obviously the school you went to was MUCH better!

Hang on...appalling spelling and grammar - made up, unsubstantiated "facts" - does Southy have a new user name?
[quote][p][bold]jessy93[/bold] wrote: Alot of u clearly don't know how **** this school is and how she is recently been under investigation for several different things.As to where the children are man handled. Alot is being reviewed on this school by the way things are going on and a child has recently been removed from here because of the head teachers constant bullying and intimidating a child.[/p][/quote]Obviously the school you went to was MUCH better! Hang on...appalling spelling and grammar - made up, unsubstantiated "facts" - does Southy have a new user name? Gozza1
  • Score: 7

8:38am Tue 14 Jan 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

would.nt send my kids there.
would.nt send my kids there. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.
  • Score: -13

1:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

kiddynamite says...

I bet there isnt any parents lying about where they live to cheat there way into this school!
I bet there isnt any parents lying about where they live to cheat there way into this school! kiddynamite
  • Score: -4

3:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

My-Voice... says...

From Mason Moor Website...

We are very pleased to be able to advise that Mason Moor Primary School will re-open Thursday 16th January. Please come to school at the normal time.

If you have any questions please contact the school office. However we would like to reassure all parents and carers that the whilst the mains fed drinking water was never an issue it was also treated and is perfectly safe to drink and use.

The hot water systems and pipework have been treated and we still await the results for these to come back, however to ensure that there was no delay to the school re-opening and following agreement between the Local Authority and Mason Moor, the hot water systems and pipework have been completely isolated and localised water boilers installed instead.
From Mason Moor Website... We are very pleased to be able to advise that Mason Moor Primary School will re-open Thursday 16th January. Please come to school at the normal time. If you have any questions please contact the school office. However we would like to reassure all parents and carers that the whilst the mains fed drinking water was never an issue it was also treated and is perfectly safe to drink and use. The hot water systems and pipework have been treated and we still await the results for these to come back, however to ensure that there was no delay to the school re-opening and following agreement between the Local Authority and Mason Moor, the hot water systems and pipework have been completely isolated and localised water boilers installed instead. My-Voice...
  • Score: 12

11:14am Sat 18 Jan 14

H2O Control says...

I am visiting this blog from Lancashire. I run a company that tackles legionellosis (from which " Legionnaires Disease" is derived.

The school will have been following the prescribed procedure under Approved Code of Practice L8. That is all the school can do. Normally, boilers in such establishments heat water to a temperature that guarantees all hot water stored is 60C. To do that the boiler my well be set at 80C, for example. Chlorine may also be used. The school will have followed this procedure
properly.

However, "bugs are bugs" bacteria is like this, it gets through sometimes.

The testing regime caught it.

This school has done nothing wrong. They should be congratulated on having a test regime that caught it.
I am visiting this blog from Lancashire. I run a company that tackles legionellosis (from which " Legionnaires Disease" is derived. The school will have been following the prescribed procedure under Approved Code of Practice L8. That is all the school can do. Normally, boilers in such establishments heat water to a temperature that guarantees all hot water stored is 60C. To do that the boiler my well be set at 80C, for example. Chlorine may also be used. The school will have followed this procedure properly. However, "bugs are bugs" bacteria is like this, it gets through sometimes. The testing regime caught it. This school has done nothing wrong. They should be congratulated on having a test regime that caught it. H2O Control
  • Score: 2

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