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Following the return of our Half-term Ski Trip from the ski resort of Prato Nevoso on Friday, 21 February 2020 we have been reviewing the latest news regarding the spread of the corona virus COVID-19 through north Italy.

We would like to make you aware of the following information:

  • Our priority as a school remains what is in the best interests of all students, families and staff.
  • Our ski resort was in the Italian province of Piedmont. This is to the west of the quarantined regions of Lombardy and Veneto. It is considered to be part of northern Italy, so all members of the ski party do fall under current government guidelines for the control of corona virus.
  • We have been in contact with Public Health England (PHE) and 111 for advice.
  • We have also been in contact with our ski trip provider, PGL. They have issued the following statement:

Corona virus Statement

We are closely monitoring and following government guidelines and advice with respect to Corona virus.

All PGL courses and tours are currently operating as planned and we do not anticipate any changes to your programme. (Our trip returned from Italy having left on Thursday prior to alerts being published at the weekend.)

Further information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Please follow the link, this provides government guidance upon returning from Northern Italy.

  • As a school, we are following the advice of the government, 111, PHE the NHS and relevant public health agencies. We remain fully open to all staff and pupils.
  • We would ask all members of the ski trip to Italy to read the government advice. As specified, should any member of the party present symptoms (however mild), they should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. They are advised to call NHS 111 and seek advice.
  • Advice is that those who show fever/cold/flu/respiratory/cough symptoms stay at home, self-quarantine for 14 days, call 111 and take further medical advice.
  • If there are no symptoms present, this advice should be ignored and pupils are instructed to attend school as normal.

We appreciate that this is an ongoing and evolving situation. We are also aware of news stories relating to other schools in the country. At this present time we have no plans to deviate from government, 111 and PHE  advice and would expect the school to run as normal this half-term. Should matters change over the coming days and weeks we shall communicate with you at our earliest opportunity.