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Norfolk school issues coronavirus advice following ski trip in Italy

A Norfolk school has shared advice on the coronavirus after a half-term ski trip in Italy – which is now the European country worst affected by the virus.

Around 60 pupils and seven members of staff from Litcham School have recently returned from Sestriere, which is not an area currently in lockdown but in a region affected by the outbreak.

School officials have also denied claims that a student was sent home yesterday. A spokesperson for the school said this morning: "I can confirm we have no issues in school, or that a student was sent home with symptoms."


In a letter to parents yesterday, the school has urged anyone who may develop symptoms, in particular those who were on the ski trip, to follow Government guidance.

The letter, which has also been published on the school's website, says while the risk is low, they take the "health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously".

It adds: "A number of our students and staff have recently returned from a ski trip in Northern Italy.

"Please be assured that the visit was not in the specific lockdown areas as designated by the Government of Italy."

The letter shares the Government advice, and says: "This therefore applies to students and staff who were on the ski trip.

"If they have no symptoms, they should not follow this advice and other students and staff are not affected.

"Please be assured that the risk is low and there remains no cause for concern at school.

"We will of course continue to update our advice, following guidance issued by the Government.

"We will continue to keep the school clean to prevent the spread of any virus."

Meanwhile, Lynn's Springwood High School has also shared coronavirus advice on its website from Norfolk County Council.

The message says the information is "particularly important for schools where staff and pupils may have returned from any of the affected areas, in particular Northern Italy, after half-term".

NHS advice on the coronavirus can be found here.

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