PUPILS at a Southampton school have been told to self-isolate at home after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.

Bitterne Park School is the latest educational site in the city to report a case of coronavirus.

It comes after figures released at the weekend revealed that the number of people across Hampshire who have tested positive for Covid-19 have exceeded 10,000.

There have also been two new deaths reported - one in Southampton.

In a letter to parents head teacher Stewart Roderick says: "This morning we were made aware that a member of staff has tested positive for COVID-19, having last been in school on Monday 12th October 2020.

"We know that you may find this concerning, but we 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.

  • Hampshire has seen more than 10,000 cases of Covid-19

"A small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that they must stay at home for 14 days to self-isolate. This has also affected a small number of staff.

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