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Coronavirus: Casterton College and Bourne Grammar School reassure parents following half term ski trips to Italy

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Parents have been reassured about the health of their children following school trips to northern Italy over half term.

Casterton College in Great Casterton issued a letter to parents addressing "a specific concern about those who have returned from the half-term ski trip to Italy".

This follows some areas of northern Italy being 'locked down' after cases of coronavirus were diagnosed.

Teachers have sought to reassure parents after school trips took pupils to Italy
Teachers have sought to reassure parents after school trips took pupils to Italy

In the letter, principal Carl Smith said: "The school ski trip was to Bardonecchia, which is in Piedmont, on the north-west border with France, and is not currently an area of quarantine.

"Contrary to some media reports, the whole of northern Italy has not been placed in quarantine, and it is only travellers from the affected areas of Lombardy and Veneto who are being advised to self-isolate.

"We contacted parents on the trip on Monday and have acted immediately on official guidance ever since. We have also contacted the resort, who have informed us that the town remains open and there are no reported cases."

Casterton College sent a letter to reassure parents
Casterton College sent a letter to reassure parents

Meanwhile, Bourne Grammar School staff and pupils visited the resort of Passo Tonale on a half term ski trip. This resort is on the border of Lombardy.

The Italian resort is not in 'lockdown' and in a letter parents were told: “The school’s interpretation of this advice, given that Passo Tonale is not specifically listed as a ‘lockdown’ town but is in northern Italy, is that no action need be taken unless students from the ski trip show symptoms.”

It added that the school was operating in line with advice from the Government and other authorities, and that the authorities were aware of the school's specific situation and had confirmed that the necessary precautions were being taken.

The letter added: “The national and international situation is of course evolving and we will provide essential updates as and when becomes necessary.”


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