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Hay British Infants School 2
Closed by disease, 1891

  Infectious diseases in the town
The most frequent type of entries that appear constantly in the early records of daily school life in the rural counties of mid-Wales relate to the absence of large numbers of children from school at various times over the years.
Such absences, as can be seen from the School Log Books of other schools featured on this website, were only too often due to the rapid spread of diseases and infections. In rural areas, where incomes were often very low, poor diet and living conditions made many children more vulnerable to illness.
Hay British
Infants School
Log Book
School log book entry 
  The spread of diseases often closed schools for lengthy periods, and the education of children could be set back substantially. The entry above, written on 20th November 1891, is typical of many, and reads:
"Received a Notice from Dr Shepherd to close school, owing to some infectious diseases in the town. Closed up school for a Fortnight". 
County Archives
School log book entry 

A similar entry from a much later date, 1st March 1920, reads:
"This Department has been closed this morning - indefinitely, on account of measles".

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