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Teesside school shut over Coronavirus fears after students show flu-like symptoms following Italy ski trip

Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough will be closed until Monday 3 March Credit: Google Maps

A Teesside school has closed amid concerns over the Coronavirus.

Youngsters and staff at Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough recently returned from northern Italy on Monday, after an eight-day ski trip.

The school has taken the decision to shut for a deep clean to limit the risk of infection. It will reopen on Monday 3rd March.

A letter sent to parents from headteacher Louise Dwyer confirmed that 36 pupils had been sent home on Tuesday.

The school says a small number of pupils and staff began showing mild flu-like symptoms.

On their website, the school states "during this time, the school will be able to conduct a precautionary deep clean of the school buildings".

We appreciate that there will be many views on this action amongst parents, and hope thateveryone understands the ongoing fluidity of the situation.

There are a number of pupils and staffwho have vulnerable family members and it is the School’s duty of care to put in place the mostsecure of measures to minimise any possible infection.

The staff, pupils and families of NPCAT are our main concern, and even though we understand theimpact this may have on the education of the pupils, and disruption to working practice of parents,we believe this decision is justified.

The staff at Trinity Catholic College will be sending out communications regarding work that pupilsmust complete at home. The decision has not been taken lightly and we urge parents to ensure thatpupils are completing work set.

– STATEMENT: Trinity Catholic College, Middlesbrough

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Updated advice from the chief medical officer now recommends that anyone returning to the UK from 11 quarantined towns in the country should now "self-isolate".

Those who have been to northern Italy and develop symptoms, however mild, should also stay indoors and avoid contact with people.

A second school in Darlington has also updated parents of children who returned from a ski trip in Falcade, Italy.

Carmel College staff initially instructed students to self-isolate, but now say given the distance of Falcade from affected areas in Italy, they may continue attending school as normal.

Following initial advice​ from Public Health England received this morning we instructed returnees from our College Ski trip who spent a week in Falcade over half term to self-isolate – this was in view of parental concerns and to ensure welfare of all our pupils and staff.

We have since been advised by the Health Protection Team in Newcastle (Public Health England) that whilst Falcade is in the region of Veneto, it is far enough away from the “lockdown” area in the south of the region. This means that those students should continue as normal unless they experience symptoms such as cough, cold and/or fever.

– STATEMENT: Carmel College, Darlington