Coronavirus: ‘Self isolation’ of Cambridge House School ski group ends

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THE principal of Cambridge House Grammar School in Ballymena, Elma Lutton, has confirmed that all pupils who were sent home as a precaution against Coronavirus after returning from an Italian ski holiday, will return to school tomorrow.

Around 50 pupils and staff from the school had been sent home as a precaution.

Correspondence was circulated to parents today (Wednesday, February 26) stating that pupils would be allowed to return to classes, following updated guidelines from the Public Health Agency.

The Ballymena Guardian reports that that the school correspondence stated: “Since Monday the school has been following guidance from the Education Authority, based on the advice of the Public Health Agency (PHA).

“This advice has changed since our earlier communication. The latest guidance issued indicates that pupils and staff should only self-isolate if they are showing the symptoms outlined below.

“On Tuesday evening the PHA advice was to continue as normal unless staff or children present with a cough, a fever or have breathing difficulties. If this is the case, pupils and staff should follow the guidance from the Public Health Agency and in particular:

• Stay at home

• Contact their GP by phone

• Let the school know

• Children or staff may be required to self-isolate for 14 days if requested by their GP. If this is the case more information about self-isolation will be provided.

“Our pupils were not in any of the towns listed as Category 1 on the PHA guidance.

“School will operate as normal from tomorrow (Thursday). However, if your child is showing any symptoms of illness, please do not send them and seek medical advice by telephone.

“This situation is fluid and may change in line with advice from the PHA”.

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