A CHILD at Ringwood Junior School has tested positive for coronavirus.

Headteacher Sally-Ann Evans contacted parents and carers on the morning of Monday, September 21, to inform them about a confirmed case of Covid-19 within Year 3 at the school.

A "small number" of other children have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days after being identified as close contacts. These children will be required to stay at home and self-isolate until October 4, returning to school on Monday, October 5, if they do not develop symptoms.

The school remains open and remote learning arrangements are in place for those children in the bubble, who are required to self-isolate at home.

In her letter to parents and carers, Mrs Evans said: "We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

"We know that you may find this concerning but are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

"The small number of children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for 14 days.

"The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well."

Mrs Evans said the school had followed the national guidance.

Parents and carers of close contacts were asked to collect their children from the school in Hightown Road as soon as possible today.