Schools have sought guidance on dealing with students returning from or visiting countries affected by the current outbreak of the Zika virus.
Heads may find helpful the specific Zika virus guidance and risk assessment issued by Public Health England (please see links below for members in Scotland and Wales). The advice is particularly pertinent should any students be travelling or have travelled to affected areas coming into contact with pregnant women. Schools with particular queries can contact their local Health Protection Team – local contact details can be searched for here.
BSA advises anyone concerned about the Zika virus or any other travel related issues should consult https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Schools wishing to communicate with parents will want to tell them that medical issues are subject to the professional advice of the school doctor and the Department of Health.
As appropriate we will issue further advice on the Zika virus, as the situation develops.