Pupils from another Liverpool school have been sent home amid coronavirus fears days after returning from a ski trip in northern Italy.

Parents at St Edward's College in West Derby were told today that some of the 50 pupils in Year 9 were now being sent home following the trip after staff had originally decided to keep them in lessons

But a statement from the school suggested it is only pupils who have become 'unwell' that have been sent home.

Around 50 pupils are believed to have travelled to northern Italy for the trip.

St Edward's is the fourth school in our region to become affected by coronavirus fears after recent trips.

Cardinal Heenan School, also in West Derby , and Meols Cop High School in Southport sent pupils who had been on ski trips home earlier this week.

Today it was revealed that a teacher at Calderstones School had also been sent home after developing flu-like symptoms following a visit to Italy.

Principal of St Edward's College Stephen Morris said in a statement: "The well-being of our pupils and staff is always our first priority.

"As a school, we have followed the guidance given by Public Health England to places of education and this advice has been communicated to all parents and staff. "We continue to monitor the advice daily."

Ms Morris added that 'as is normal practice, any child who is unwell will be sent home from school.'


The statement did not make clear how many pupils have been sent home.

Views of St Edwards College, West Derby, Liverpool

A letter sent to St Edward's College parents on Monday had repeated the latest government advice on coronavirus but did not go as far as sending pupils home.

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That letter read: "You will know of the concerns about the spread of Coronavirus from news reports in recent days, and the fact that parts of Northern Italy have seen a growing number of cases of the virus. 

A group of St Edward's pupils recently returned from a ski trip in that area."

Schools, GPs and a group of Liverpool fans have also been affected by new restrictions during the past week over coronavirus fears.

The precautions come after the Italian government placed 12 towns in the north of the country into lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).