A SCHOOL in Wolverley will not close after a ski trip to northern Italy - but parents of some students have been told to self-isolate children if they develop flu symptoms.

Wolverley Secondary School headteacher Bryn Thomas has sent a letter to parents to reassure them that there are "currently no cases" of coronavirus among students and staff following a trip to the Lombardy region.

The letter, which was sent yesterday, goes on to say that the region in northern Italy that students visited was 100 miles away from towns affected by coronavirus.

It read: "As you may be aware the school ski trip returned last week from the Lombardy region of northern Italy.

"This region has been affected by an outbreak of the coronavirus with a number of towns in the southern part of Lombardy being quarantined.

"The maps below show the location of the towns relative to our route and a comparative scale of the region compared to the UK.

"I have been liaising closely with advisors from Public Health England today in order to ensure that we have clear information and guidance about the situation.

"Firstly, I can assure you that there are currently no cases amongst staff or students at Wolverley CE Secondary School.

"The school ski trip was to Bormio in the north of the Lombardi region. This is a Category 2 area which requires no special measures to be taken on return."

Because the students travelled to an area north of Pisa, the school has informed parents of Government guidelines, which states people should self-isolate if they develop flu-like symptoms.

The letter to parents goes on to say: "I have also discussed the potential risk to whole school community and established the following from Public Health England: There is no need to close the school or send learners or staff home."

It ends: "We are all mindful of the sensible health precautions around hygiene at this current time and I would urge you to continue to be appropriately observant of this and your son/daughters’ general health and take a common sense approach."

This comes after ContinU Plus Academy in Kidderminster shut its doors yesterday because a member of staff came into "close contact" with someone who travelled to Italy.