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Farnham school closed over coronavirus

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Farnham school closed over coronavirus

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 3:57pm 26th February 2020. (Updated at 5:53pm 27th February 2020)

A school in Farnham has closed as a precaution to minimise any risk over coronavirus.

The move comes after students and staff at All Hallows Catholic School in Weybourne Road returned from a half term ski trip to Italy. 

The school told parents that they had not visited any of the "specified quarantined areas within Northern Italy" but that the decision had been taken following advice from Public Health England.

It said there were no confirmed cases and that the school would reopen on Monday (2 March). 

In a letter sent to parents this afternoon (26 February) All Hallows say 43 students and six staff went on the trip to Sestriere, Italy  and a small number had begun to display mild flu-like symptoms:

"Please be assured the school trip did not visit any of the specified quarantined areas within Northern Italy.

"The decision has been taken to temporarily close the school until Monday 2nd March as a precautionary measure in order to limit the risk.

"We apologise for the short notice you are receiving but we are sure you will understand that the welfare of our pupils and staff is paramount to us.

"This is an unfolding picture and we will keep you updated." 

The school had originally planned to stay open as normal with heightened hygiene measures, but decided to go ahead with closing temporarily:

"However, taking into account the most up to date Public Heath England advice direct to the school, it has been decided that the school should temporarily close to ensure all possible precautions.

"The wellbeing of staff, pupils and families of All Hallows is our main concern and while we understand the impact this may have on the education of the pupils, and disruption  to the working practice of parents/guardians, we believe this decision is in the best interests of all our school community." 

All Hallows say teaching staff will be sending out communications regarding work pupils need to complete at home. 

Parents should receive further information from the school on Sunday (1 March).