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Farnham school to reopen after precautionary closure over coronavirus

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Farnham school to reopen after precautionary closure over coronavirus

Published by Carol Musgrave at 12:09pm 1st March 2020. (Updated at 8:56am 3rd March 2020)

A school in Farnham will reopen tomorrow after shutting last week over coronavirus fears.

All Hallows in Weybourne Road closed on Thursday (27 February) and Friday (28 February) after some pupils returning from a ski trip to Italy started showing flu-like symptoms.

43 students and six staff had been to Sestriere over half term - but the school said they had not visited any of the "specified quarantined areas within Northern Italy." 

It said the decision to shut its doors was a precautionary measure in order to minimise risk - and had been taken following advice from Public Health England (PHE).

And it said it has had no confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Over the weekend the school has had a "bacterial hygiene clean" using specialist contractors.

In a letter to parents, the school confirmed that the site will reopen to students "as normal" on Monday 2 March.

It said it had taken the decision to open its doors again following further advice from PHE.

Affected students and parents have been advised to follow NHS guidance and there have been no reports of anyone else at the school showing symptoms of coronavirus. 

The letter in full:

"Following advice from Public Health England, we can confirm that school will re-open to students as normal from tomorrow, Monday 2nd March 2020.

"Following a ski trip by 43 pupils and 6 staff from All Hallows Catholic School to Sestriere in Italy over half-term, a small number of pupils began showing mild flu-like symptoms. As a result, we decided to shut the school on Thursday and Friday of last week following advice from Public Health England. As per my previous letter, please be assured that the school trip did not visit any of the specified quarantine areas within Northern Italy. The decision to temporarily close the school until Monday 2nd March was a precautionary measure in order to limit the risk.

"We have initiated a bacterial hygiene clean of the school site using specialist contractors. The operation commenced on Saturday 29th February and is been completed over the weekend.

"At present, we still have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus.  We have also been in regular contact with both Public Health England and the parents of affected students. They were advised to follow NHS guidance and all families have complied with these requests.  We ask all member of our community to respect the privacy of those students. Rest assured that we have also received no further reports of any other member of the school community displaying symptoms of the virus.

"The welfare of the whole community remains our top priority and, as a matter of precaution, we would encourage anybody who exhibits any of the relevant symptoms to contact NHS 111 and follow their advice, in addition to contacting the school at admin@allhallows.net to keep the school informed.

"Due to the temporary closure of the school, we have rearranged two evening events:

"Year 9 Options Talk (originally Wednesday 26th February, 6-7pm) - rearranged to be combined with the Year 9 Parents Evening on Thursday 12th March 4-7pm. The evening will include three Options Talks, at 4:30pm, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm. Please arrange your appointments to enable you to attend one of the Options Talks.

"Year 10 Parents Evening (originally Thursday 27th February, 4-7pm) - rearranged to Thursday 23rd April, 4-7pm. 

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

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