Two schools in Bath will be closed today (28 February) amid fears that a member of the local community could have coronavirus.
The acting headteacher of Moorlands Junior and Infant Schools said someone from the school has developed symptoms indicative of the virus.
It comes after they have returned from a 'Category 2 area' within the past two weeks.
He made the announcement late last night that the two schools will be closed today as a precautionary measure.
A letter to parents and carers read:
Despite closing for the day, the head insisted "the risk to the community remains very low" and it's "unlikely that they will test positively for the virus".
Public Health England has advised against schools closing, but recommends the cleaning of specific areas while test results for COVID-19 are being waited for.
Mr Barton said: "Given the timing of me receiving the information, it will not be possible to adequately clean a site as large as Moorlands in time for the school to open in the morning."
He went on to apologise to parents and carers and urged they understand the decision "that puts children first."
The schools are expected to reopen on Monday.