Over the February half term holiday 36 pupils and 8 members of staff travelled to Verona in Northern Italy on a ski trip. As you might be aware some of Northern Italy has been affected by coronavirus.
The health and safety of our pupils is of paramount importance to us therefore we have taken the decision to close the college for a deep clean to ensure we take all precautions to limit the risk of infection, we will reopen on Monday 2nd March.
The Headteacher has decided, in discussion with the SLT and the CEO of the Trust to completely minimise possible spread of infection amongst families and close the college for the remainder of the week.
During this time, the college will be able to conduct a precautionary deep clean of the school buildings, and monitor the pupils health.
We appreciate that there will be many views on this action amongst parents, and hope that everyone understands the ongoing fluidity of the situation. There are a number of pupils and staff who have vulnerable family members and it is the college’s duty of care to put in place the most secure of measures to minimise any possible infection.
The staff, pupils and families of NPCAT are our main concern, and even though we understand the impact this may have on the education of the pupils, and disruption to working practice of parents, we believe this decision is justified.
NPCAT are working with relevant agencies in response to the potential risks reported across the UK as a consequence of hundreds of schools returning from Italy over the last few days of midterm.
We will ensure all parents and carers are updated regularly via email and further guidance is available on our website.