HUNDREDS of children across Dorset are at home today due to positive coronavirus cases at their school.

Pupils at around 20 schools are in self-isolation following confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Many parents were notified during the half term break that their children are unable to go back into the classroom today.

In both the BCP and Dorset Council areas, the council has given a statement in relation to each school, which says: "The school is working closely with Public Health Dorset, BCP Council and Public Health England South West to ensure that all necessary measures are being met.

"All close contacts of the confirmed case have been notified and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Contacts of the confirmed case should get tested if they go on to develop symptoms. Even if people test negative, they must still self-isolate for 14 days."

The schools currently affected are listed alongside the date the positive case was confirmed to parents.

St Edward's School, Poole, November 23

Heatherlands Primary School, Poole, November 23

Linwood School summerwood campus, Bournemouth, November 23

Muscliff Primary School Bournemouth, November 23

Bishop of Winchester Academy, Bournemouth, November 20

Highcliffe School, Christchurch, November 20

Bournemouth School, Bournemouth, November 20

Christchurch Junior School, Christchurch, November 20

Jewell Academy, Bournemouth, November 19

Somerford Primary School, Christchurch, November 19

Muscliff Primary School, Bournemouth, November 19

Highcliffe Primary School, Christchurch, November 19

Poole High School, Poole, November 19

Twynham School, Christchurch, November 18

St Edwards's School, Poole, November 18 and 16

Stanley Green Infant School, Poole, November 18

Parkfield School, Christchurch, November 18

Oakdale Junior School, Poole, November 18

Queen's Park Academy, Bournemouth, November 17

Christ the King Primary, Bournemouth, November 17

St Peter's Catholic School, Bournemouth, November 16

Lilliput Infant School, Poole, November 16

The Bourne Academy, Bournemouth, November 13

Muscliff Primary School, Bournemouth, November 13

Stourfield Junior School, Bournemouth, November 13

Tregonwell Academy, Petersfield Campus, Bournemouth, November 13

Hillside First School, Verwood, November 13

Haymoor Junior School, Poole, November 11

Linwood School, Linwood Campus, Bournemouth, November 11

Muscliff Primary School, Bournemouth, November 10

Baden-Powell and St Peter's Junior School, Poole, November 10

LeAF Academy, Bournemouth, November 10

Twynham School, Christchurch, November 10

Broadstone First School, November 10

St James' CE Frist School, Wimborne, November 10

Linwood School, Bournemouth, November 9

St Peter's School, Bournemouth, November 9