A STROUD mum has taken her child out of Archway School after a fellow pupil returned from a trip to Italy at the weekend.
The mum, who does not wish to be named, is concerned that the pupil who has just visited Italy has been allowed to attend school, rather than staying at home to self-isolate.
“On Monday evening, the Foreign Office updated its Italy travel advice, after the country’s coronavirus lockdown, saying anybody returning must self-isolate for 14 days,” she said.
“Although this pupil returned at the weekend, before the Foreign Office update, I think the child’s parents and the school should take notice of that advice and she should stay at home for 14 days from her return date.
“Now the child has been sent into Archway and could potentially affect the whole of the school.”
The mother has now taken her daughter out of school and has been granted an authorised absence by the education authority to do so.
“Like many people, I have some vulnerable family members and I can’t risk them being affected,” she said.
“I feel quite angry, this has put other people at risk.”
In an email sent to Archway parents on Monday, headteacher Colin Belford wrote: “We do have a student who has recently returned from a Category 2 region in Italy (areas where travellers do not need to undertake any special measures).
“In accordance with current UK Government guidance on areas with implications for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK and Guidance for Educational Settings, this pupil has been cleared to be in school as they are not showing symptoms.”