OVER 20 children and staff from a West Yorkshire school have gone into self-isolation following a ski trip in northern Italy.

The group - 19 pupils and four members of staff - from Salendine Nook High School Academy, Huddersfield, returned from their trip via Milan airport on Saturday.

New advice from the government instructs anyone with flu-like symptoms who recently travelled to Northern Italy to self-isolate for two weeks.

The guidance also applies to anyone who recently returned from Italy's quarantined towns and affected regions - Lombardy and Veneto - even if they have no symptoms.

Principal Darren Christian said: "We have just been given information by Public Health England that all people who have visited or travelled through northern Italy recently, should self-isolate for two weeks from the point of last contact in the area affected.

"Our ski trip returned from northern Italy (Milan airport) on Saturday 22 February. This is an area which is affected by the virus. As a result of this, we have sent home 19 children and 4 staff, as a precautionary measure in line with Public Health England’s advice.

"I realise that this may be a stressful time for you so please feel free to contact school for further information, advice or support. If the advice changes I will be in touch with further updates."

The children and staff are due to school on Monday, March 9.

Anyone with specific medical concerns should contact Public Health England on 111 for further advice on symptoms.

The symptoms are fever, shortness of breath and a dry cough.