The staff member had last been in the school on February 25 and had not had contact with pupils since the start of half-term.
However, because some staff members were classed as close contacts of a confirmed case of the illness, they were required to self-isolate, forcing the school to close as a precautionary measure due to low staffing numbers, the letter added.
In a letter to parents, headmaster Adrian Laing confirmed the member of staff contracted COVID-19 after a recent trip to northern Italy.
“Public Health England (PHE) has contacted Wimbledon College today to inform us that a member of staff is being treated for confirmed novel coronavirus (COvid-19) following recent travel to Italy.
“We have been working closely with PHE and Merton Council to understand the implications of this for our school.”
The plan was to reopen the school on March 10, prior to which a deep clean would be undertaken.
Mr Laing added: “The College, working together with PHE and Merton Council, will keep uyou unpdated if the situation changes.”
The closure of Wimbledon College, a Jesuit School, follows the decision to shut £19,000-a-year Dulwich Prep School after students who visited coronavirus-hit countries during the half-term break fell ill.
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Published at Mon, 02 Mar 2020 08:58:00 +0000