28
FEB
2020

Message to Parents and Carers – Released 25/02/20

Dear Parents

As you will be aware, a group of students from Bideford College have recently returned from a ski trip in Northern Italy. This morning the Department for Public Health England have updated their guidance for travellers who have recently returned from this area in light of the recent outbreak of COVID 19 (coronavirus).

The students on the college trip did not visit the 11 towns in Northern Italy under containment measures. This area has been identified as category 1 where all recent visitors are required to take immediate action.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/868103/Map_showing_specified_areas_of_Italy_250220.pdf

However, the students have been in an identified category 2 area. As such, we have contacted all participants and made them aware of the latest health guidance.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

It is also essential that any other students who have travelled to Northern Italy or any specified areas by Public Health England follow this guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and take any action that is advised.

Dr Claire Ankers

Principal

Bideford College