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Farnham school closed as a precaution over coronavirus gives update on students' health

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Farnham school closed as a precaution over coronavirus gives update on students' health

Published by Carol Musgrave at 8:17am 28th February 2020. (Updated at 9:04am 28th February 2020)

A school in Farnham has issued an update on the status of students who returned from a ski trip to Italy showing flu symptoms.

All Hallows in Weybourne Road shut its doors yesterday (27 February) until Monday (2 March) to limit the potential spread of coronavirus, after a small number who had been on the school half term trip started displaying flu-like signs.

In its latest correspondence to parents, on its website, the school says some of the students who had been showing symptoms "have now been discounted as a concern."

It says it is waiting for further updates on the remaining pupils.

No staff have shown any symptoms.

And there are no confirmed cases as yet.

The school says it has employed an external cleaning company to disinfect the building between now and Monday.

It says at this stage it will reopen as planned on Monday.

Read the letter in full here:

"As you will be aware All Hallows has temporarily closed as a precautionary measure to limit the risk of potential spread of infection, following the recent ski trip to Sestriere, Italy.

"Following on from yesterday’s decision, we would like to take this opportunity to update you on the School’s position. Please be assured that the welfare of our pupils and staff remains our top priority. We remain in regular communication with Public Health England, the Local Authority, the Governing Body and of course, the parents and students who have been displaying relevant cold and flu symptoms.

"At present, we still have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus. We are pleased to confirm that some of the students who were identified as showing relevant symptoms have now been discounted as a concern. We are waiting for further updates on the remaining students. The School has asked parents to advise us via admin@allhallows.net if any other students start to display symptoms, and at this time we have not received any new reports. We can also confirm that no Staff have presented with any symptoms to date.

"The School has appointed an external cleaning company to perform a bacterial hygiene clean throughout the School, which we anticipate should be completed by Sunday. At this stage, the intention is still to re-open the School on Monday 2nd March however, should the picture change we commit to informing you at the earliest opportunity.

"Thank you for all your patience and understanding on this matter and we really appreciate your support. 

"Please be advised that all students have been set work by their class teachers, and we appreciate your assistance in encouraging students to complete work at home to ensure the disruption to their education is kept to a minimum.

"For information, we are yet to confirm the revised dates for the Year 9 Options Evening and the Year 10 Parents Evening.

"As we will receive information, we will keep you updated on the situation."