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No decision yet on Academy ski holiday to Northern Italy

A Co Tyrone school says no decision has been made on whether or not to go ahead with a skiing trip to northern Italy.

A group of junior and senior children from St Patrick's Academy in Dungannon are due to travel to the Andalo and Folgaria regions for a week-long trip on Saturday week, March 14.

The Belfast Telegraph was contacted by a worried parent who says she is disgusted that the school's trip still appears to be going ahead.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said: "It is unbelievable this trip has yet to be cancelled. I think it will be wholly irresponsible if it is allowed to proceed. I know that the school is receiving complaints about the fact they are letting the trip take place with the coronavirus threat at the moment."

The woman said some parents are unhappy about letting their children fly to Italy and have been left with the difficult choice of sending them abroad or risk losing the money they paid, around £900 per child.

A spokeswoman for St Patrick's Academy said: "The school is doing everything it can to mitigate the situation and will be communicating with parents at the beginning of next week as previously advised."

Belfast Telegraph