A BRADFORD primary school has a confirmed case of coronavirus

Thornton Primary School is still open, but Helen Rowland, chief executive of Focus-Trust, which runs the school, said there is a confirmed case and anyone in that ‘bubble’ is following the Government and Public Health England guidance to self-isolate for fourteen days.

She said: "The health and safety of our children and staff is our highest priority.

"Like all Focus-Trust academies, Thornton Primary School has undertaken comprehensive risk assessments and put a strict hierarchy of controls in place to ensure school is as safe a place as possible.

"In this case, we have followed the advice of Public Health England and Bradford and will continue to monitor and review the situation very closely."

The Government's guidance outlines that if a child, young person, or staff member tests positive, the whole school, or even year group, does not necessarily have to close.

It states: "Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary."

For example, schools employing a "bubble" system.

Those in the same class or group as the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

But, people who live with children or staff members who have been sent home (other than the individual who tested positive) do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with subsequently develops symptoms.