THE latest confirmed coronavirus case at a BCP educational establishment has led to the school being forced to temporarily close its site to pupils.

Children at Tregonwell Academy’s Petersfield Campus have moved to remote learning following a positive case in the school’s community.

Covid-19 cases have continued to be reported across the conurbation’s schools with at least nine other sites recording positive tests in the past week.

Parents of children who go to the Petersfield Campus received a letter yesterday afternoon from principal Leigh Bailey-Pearce, which confirmed the situation.

Children are expected to return to school on Tuesday, November 24, with Mr Bailey-Pearce saying: “The move to remote learning will ensure that we have a consistent approach for all pupils, and everyone can continue to receive a high standard of teaching whilst our pupils and staff complete their self-isolation period.”

In a statement to the Daily Echo, Sam Crowe, director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils, said: “We are aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Tregonwell Academy - Petersfield Campus.

“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.

“Due to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the school community, the decision has been made for the school to move to remote learning for pupils.

“All contacts of the case have been notified and advised to self-isolate up to and including Monday, November 23. Contacts should get tested if they go on to develop symptoms. Even if people test negative, they must still self-isolate up to and including Monday, November 23.”