Coronavirus: Two schools in Cheshire on LOCKDOWN as ‘unwell’ students return from Italy

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
By Paul Martin

TWO SCHOOLS in Cheshire have been placed on lockdown with one “temporarily closed” after some pupils showed “flu-like symptoms” after returning from Italy.

Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Cransley School in Northwich, in Cheshire, has temporarily closed after some pupils showed “flu-like symptoms” following a ski-trip to Lombardy, northern Italy. The school says 29 pupils and five members of staff were on the trip to Bormio in Lombardy, with some starting to show flu-like symptoms.

Cransley School is to remain closed while they conduct a ‘precautionary deep clean’ and await the results of tests carried out.

A message to parents from Richard Pollock, the headteacher of Cransley School, said the closure would remain in place for the rest of the week.

He wrote: “Regardless of the current Public Health England advice (that the school should remain open to all other pupils) I have decided… to completely minimise possible spread of infection and close the school for the remainder of the week.

“During this time, the school will be able to conduct a deep clean, and monitor the results of tests amongst those pupils who are currently showing flu-like symptoms.”

Another school in Cheshire has also shut its sixth form after students returned from half-term ski trips in Italy.

Brine Leas School wrote on Twitter: “We are currently following Government advice regarding travel to Italy. Further contact with parents will be made this morning.”

They later added: “We have taken the decision to close BL6 (sixth form) due to staff shortages.”

It comes after several towns in Italy were placed on lockdown amid reports of the deadly virus quickly spreading.

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