Students have returned to a secondary school just days after a trip to Northern Italy where coronavirus fears are growing. 

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The Chalfonts Community College confirmed that some of their students attended a ski trip in the country last week.

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This morning it was confirmed that all students were present at the school.

And whilst they did visit the country, they did not visit any of the towns that have contracted the coronavirus.

A spokesperson from the school said: "We are still allowing students to come into school and we have issued a letter to all the parents and guardians on what to do if any of their children show the symptoms." 

In the school's official letter, it states: "We understand that, given the media coverage of the coronavirus, you may be concerned about the potential impact on school life if it were to spread to the local area.

"The risk of this happening is currently very low and there is no reason why your son/daughter should not continue to attend school as normal.

"The local authority has assured us that the Government, NHS and Public Health England are fully prepared.

"We would also like to reassure you that we have a policy to follow in case we have any reported cases.

"However, in the meantime, it is always advisable to encourage your son/daughter to follow the usual precautionary measures that help slow the spread of almost any germs.

"We ask for your support in helping the College achieve this.

"Please read through the following advice on how to minimise the spread of any germs/infections within school and have a discussion with your son/daughter about the importance of practicing good hand/respiratory hygiene.

Preventing the spread of germs:

  • Catch it: Sneeze/ cough into disposable tissues.
  • Bin it: Dispose of them immediately and appropriately.
  • Kill it: Wash hands with soap and water regularly or use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are unavailable
  • Cleaning hands is particularly important before leaving home, after using the toilet, before cooking and eating, after breaks and sport activities and on arrival at any educational setting.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Do not share items that have contact with your mouth such as drinking bottles/flasks.
  • If unwell, avoid sharing items such as pens and pencils.

The school also confirmed that whilst some students did visit Northern Italy, they did not visit the towns that have been impacted by the illness (Pisa, Florence and Rimini).

Click here to read the school's official letter about the coronavirus.