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Health Advice regarding recent Ski trip

Dear parents/carers

Following a number of media stories, we have received a number of emails and phone calls regarding the recent ski trip to Italy and potential associated health risks related to coronavirus. I thought I would take this opportunity to clarify how we are approaching this.

The ski trip went to Tonale, an area of Northern Italy but not one which has been identified as a specific lockdown area. The area is considered a Category 2 area and the latest advice the Chief Medical Officer concerning this region is as follows:

If you have returned from these areas since 19 February and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

  • northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar

Source - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public?gclid=Cj0KCQiAqNPyBRCjARIsAKA-WFy0EN0IrvZxvT_K6Gre_GRLguzHUbKd4m2Krn408GUjoTvMdKVNe0caAuBHEALw_wcB#advice-for-travellers

It is worth noting that the specific symptoms are a fever of 38C+, coughing and shortness of breath.

All parents associated with the trip have been pointed to this advice and it has been followed.

We have today reminded pupils of basic hygiene that prevents the spread of illnesses as a matter of good practice.

We will continue to monitor the advice that comes from the Chief Medical Officer and Public Health England and act appropriately in response to this.

Yours sincerely

Chris Smith

Headteacher

Neatherd High School