Yate parents have removed their children from school over coronavirus fears.

A small number of pupils have been taken out of Brimsham Green School after returning home from a ski trip to Italy.

Participants spent last week in Piedmont in the west of Italy, whereas the worst affected areas are in the north of the country.

A spokesman for the school said: "After a week's energetic skiing we have had some students come back with a cough and cold and some parents have taken the decision to self-isolate them.

There are no confirmed cases of the disease, officially named COVID-19, at the school.

Yesterday evening additional cleaning was carried out on the school. This focused on the sanitisation of high-contact areas such as toilets, door handles, computer keyboards and other surfaces. 

A letter sent to parents by headteacher Kim Garland stated: "Our ski trip was based hundreds of kilometres outside the towns under lockdown.

"Therefore, students and staff returning from Italy, outside the specific lockdown areas identified by the Italian Government, are advised to stay at home for two weeks from their return date only if they develop symptoms.

"There is no need to advise students or staff to avoid normal activities or educational settings unless they have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have recently returned from specific locations (Iran; any Italian town under containment measures; Daegu or Cheongdo areas within the Republic of Korea and China’s Hubei province and Wuhan city). 

"We will continue to closely monitor government advice and will review our approach as and when that advice dictates."   

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