The NHS has been alerted after a pupil at one of Stoke-on-Trent’s top schools returned from northern Italy with coronavirus-like symptoms.
St Joseph’s College, in Trent Vale, contacted NHS 111 for advice after the student reported ‘mild cold/cough symptoms’.
It followed a recent skiing holiday in northern Italy.
The Government”s current advice is:
- Any student who has been to an area of northern Italy outside the lockdown area and shows no symptoms should go into school as normal;
- Any student who has been to northern Italy and shows symptoms – however mild – should remain at home and be tested for coronavirus;
- Any student who has been to the lockdown area should remain at home.
Now headteacher Melissa Roberts has provided an update in a letter to parents this afternoon.
The letter states: “You will be aware that many parents took their children abroad during February half-term and as guidance comes in to schools regarding travellers returning from different countries, we are making sure that we follow it.
“I wanted to let you know that we have today sought the guidance from NHS 111 this morning as a student presented with mild cold/cough symptoms having been skiing in northern Italy.
“The trip was outside of the lockdown area and this is a purely precautionary measure in line with Government advice.
“Please be reassured that this is a precautionary measure and it is important that we do not allow anyone to be unduly anxious.”
UK parents and children are being advised to wash their hands often, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay at home if they feel unwell.
The latest advice comes as the results of tests on two Trentham Academy pupils are still to be revealed. They were tested for coronavirus this week after a small group of Trentham pupils visited Ahrntal Valley, in South Tyrol – which is outside the current lockdown area – during last week’s half-term break.
StokeonTrentLive has been unable to contact St Joseph’s College for a statement regarding its letter to parents.