Wimbledon College in South London have said a staff member has tested positive for coronavirus after travelling back from northern Italy.
The staff member “has not had contact with pupils since the beginning of this half term” and was last in school on 25 February.
Other staff members have been classed as “close contacts” of the patient they have been forced to self-isolate for two weeks.
In a letter to parents, headmaster Adrian Laing confirmed the member had tested positive, “Public Health England (PHE) has contacted Wimbledon College today to inform us that a member of staff is being treated for confirmed novel coronavirus (COvid-19) following recent travel to Italy.
“We have been working closely with PHE and Merton Council to understand the implications of this for our school.”
He added, “The College, working together with PHE and Merton Council, will keep uyou unpdated if the situation changes.”
Acting head teacher Warrick Barton said in a statement: “I hope that you will understand that I have taken this decision with children’s health as the first priority, as well as the health of the whole school community.
“This is very much a precautionary measure, but one that puts children first.”
It is planned that the college will reopen on 10 March after a deep clean has taken place.