CHILDREN have been put in self-isolation after a confirmed coronavirus case within their school.

There has been one confirmed case of Covid-19 at Patcham High School and a small number of children who have been in direct, prolonged contact with them have been asked to remain at home.

The Ladies Mile Road site remains open and those who have not been asked to self-isolate – and are not experiencing symptoms – should still attend.

Schools which register a confirmed case of Covid-19, like Patcham High, work closely with Public Health England to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of pupils, parents and carers.

The school’s pupils must remain at a single address for the time period, as per government guidelines.

They should not have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing emergency or medical assistance. They must not go to school, or visit public areas and should not go shopping.

In England, you must only exercise within your home or garden. You cannot leave your home to walk your dog.

This comes just over a week after an entire year group of primary school children were asked to self-isolate after coming into contact with a positive case.

Pupils in Year 6 of Coldean Primary School, Brighton, were told to stay at home for 14 days after a positive case within the classrooms was confirmed.

The children at the school in Kenwards had been in lessons for only three days before being told yesterday that they must self-isolate for two weeks.

The NHS guidance says symptoms of coronavirus in children include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

A spokesman said: “If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus, get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.

“Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.

“Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.”