CARLSBAD — The local students who were stuck in China after an end-of-year educational trip are now home.
Twenty-nine students and teachers returned home June 20; however, the five students and one teacher who tested positive for the swine flu virus stayed behind while recovering in a hospital in China.
Those students returned home a few days later.
The students from Pacific Ridge School, a private school located in the Bressi Ranch area, left for China on the school’s annual 13-day trip and were due home June 15. However, just days into the trip some of the students on a side trip to Three Gorges Dam aboard a river cruise began to feel ill.
The students who tested positive for the H1N1 virus reported being well taken care of in a Yichang hospital where they were quarantined. The students were able to talk on their cell phones to friends and family from their individual hospital rooms. The remaining students who were exposed to the virus were isolated from one another for a week in the hotel and were given computers and phones to communicate until they were retested to make sure they never contracted the virus.
School officials and students said they learned a lot on the trip and that the experience will not make them change plans for another trip to China next year.