A Richmond school has warned parents to isolate pupils returning from a ski trip in Italy if they feel unwell as a precaution against coronavirus.

A statement issued by Grey Court School confirmed it was following Government advice regarding people travelling back from northern Italy, after some of its pupils returned from a half-term ski trip.

But headteacher Chris Rhodes emphasised the "risk of infection remains low" and that the ski resort pupils visited was "a long way from any of the towns under lockdown".

His statement continued: "Students flew by chartered plane to a French airport and were transported by chartered buses to the resort.

"My advice continues to be to any parent who had a child on the trip who feels unwell with flulike symptoms has been to remain at home in self-isolation and to consult medical advice."

The school also reiterated the following advice from Public Health England:

If you have returned from these areas since February 19th and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS111.

You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

  • Northern Italy (Not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini),
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar