Forest Hall Primary School
Tuesday 10th March 2020
Wendy Burke, Director of Public Health, has written to North Tyneside schools today regarding the Longbenton High School skiing trip to Italy and it is recommended that we share the information with you to allay any fears or concerns.
‘As you may be aware, 40 children from Longbenton High School travelled to the resort of Courmayeur, Italy, on Saturday (7 March). The decision was taken for the group to travel after due consideration was given to all government advice available and information from the tour operator based within the resort. However, after the trip’s arrival in Courmayeur, the Italian government closed all leisure and entertainment facilities within the region as a precaution, which they were planning to use, so the children are returning home today.
You may have seen in the news that Government guidance changed last night (March 9) to advise that anyone returning from all areas of Italy since March 9 must now self-isolate for 14 days. Students and staff returning from the ski trip will therefore remain at home during this period.
It is important to note that this is a precautionary measure – all children and staff on the trip are fit and well and the risk to them and anyone who comes into contact with them is very low.
This does not affect anyone else in their household or other children in the school, and all other children have been advised to attend school as normal.
We continue to work closely with the school and Public Health England.
It’s really important that we all work to the current Government guidance and apply it consistently across North Tyneside, particularly in relation to school attendance.
Please refer to the latest updated public information at
I hope you find this information useful and I would like to reassure you that we are following the guidance from the DfE and Public Health England. There is a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline:
by phone: 0800 046 868 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
or Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org