MORE than 50 children and staff members have been forced to self-isolate after four positive covid cases were recorded at a Southampton school.

As previously reported staff at Springhill Catholic Primary School in Milton Road say someone connected with Year 3 has tested positive for the virus.

A letter from the headteacher, Ciara Duddy, has today confirmed that 49 children and four staff members are self-isolating as a result of positive cases.

The letter states that one cases was recorded in Year 3 in the school, a second child tested positive during self-isolation, and two more children are isolating as a result of a family member testing positive.

The letter reads: "The first week back to school has been a great success on the whole.

"Unfortunately, forty-nine children and three members of staff in Y3 had to self-isolate after a positive case yesterday.

"We all appreciate how hard this is for the children, staff and parents, especially as Y3 have been affected several times now.

"We have been really pleased to see the children being so enthusiastic about coming back to school and they all seem to be re-adjusting well.

"As always, if you have any concerns about your child, please let us know so that we can support them.

"Thank you for your support in following the protective measures put in place in school.

"All the little things that we do make a big difference and that can only happen with your co-operation.

"We do realise that some of the measures may be inconvenient, such as the staggered collection times, but these measures are in place to keep all the school community safe."