A MEON Valley teacher has been sent home amid Coronavirus concerns, after returning from a half-term holiday, it has been reported.

The female teacher from Swanmore College, who has not been named, is understood to not have developed any symptoms but the school said it was following Government advice, according to the Meon Valley Local News Team. 

She has now been sent home for 14 days as a precautionary measure.

In a letter to parents, the school’s headteacher Kyle Jonathan said: “Whilst this may appear to some to be an extreme decision, we do not wish to compromise the health of those attending Swanmore College and we feel obliged to follow the recommended guidelines."

Mr Jonathan also asked parents of any pupils who visited impacted areas of Italy to follow Government guidelines and self-isolate for 14 days.

He said: "I am asking any pupils or parents/carers who have visited either of these two areas over half-term or since then to automatically self-isolate for 14 days.

"Similarly, based on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice, and as stated by the Government of Italy, should any pupils or parents/carers have returned from Northern Italy... since 19 February and develop any of the recognised symptoms, however mild, we ask that you follow the recommendation to self-isolate for 14 days and call NHS 111. For further information, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

"If as a result of this communication, you determine that you need to remove your child immediately from school, I ask that you write to us detailing where and when you were in the region and any potential symptoms that your child may exhibit."