York teacher taken to hospital – but won’t be tested for coronavirus

York High School. Photograph: The school's Facebook page
11 Mar 2020 @ 6.02 pm
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An ambulance was called to a York school this afternoon after a teacher complained of feeling unwell.

Paramedics were called to York High School at the end of the school day and entered the building wearing masks, which is now becoming routine due to coronavirus concerns.

Initially the plan was to test the teacher for coronavirus. The school said: “The member of staff will be tested for COVID-19 and will not return to work until we have been informed of the results.”

But at 5.30pm the school posted an update:

  • After over an hour’s discussion between the paramedics and NHS 111 the medical professionals have reached the decision that our member of staff does not meet the criteria for testing.

    Paramedics are taking our member of staff to hospital and we wish them a speedy recovery.

Concerns over France trip

York High School from the air. Photograph © Google Street View

The school will be open as normal tomorrow.

Earlier headteacher Rod Sims had responded to criticism from a parent about the decision not to ask students returning from a school trip to France to self-isolate.

The school said: “York High School continues to follow government guidance in our response to Covid-19.

“Before we allowed the France trip to travel we consulted with the travel company, City of York Council and most importantly, the government advice issued through the Foreign Office.

“The advice from all parties was that it was safe to travel to France. In this rapidly evolving situation we check daily for any updates from government and adhere strictly to them.

“Our website gives easy access to all official guidance and is updated after any changes. We urge all our parents and students to stay calm and follow the official advice.”