CORONAVIRUS fears have been growing in Bracknell Forest — but plenty is being done to support schools in the borough to minimise worry.

Two schools in Bracknell Forest this week sent students home to self-isolate after returning from ski trips in Italy, where coronavirus cases are increasingly common.

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But no borough schools have been forced to close because of the virus.

Headteachers, council bosses and Public Health England chiefs have been working together to understand how to tackle any possible issues.

This includes:

  • Setting up a steering group to co-ordinate council-wide activity relating to coronavirus
  • Nominating an officer as a “single and clear point of contact” for any queries schools have

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  • Ensuring regular communication to all Bracknell Forest schools — including public schools — which includes the latest Public Health England updates on the situation
  • Putting a tracker in place for schools to complete and return for any child that has travelled to high-risk areas.

Councillor Dr Gareth Barnard, BFC’s children, young people and learning chief, gave the update at a meeting on Wednesday, February 26.

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He said: “I’m confident that our schools at all times will follow the advice available to keep our children safe and our families supported.”