MORE cases of coronavirus have been confirmed at schools around the borough.

An entire year group from Woodhey High School in Ramsbottom is self-isolating after a student in Year 11 tested positive for Covid-19.

Pupils from the affected year group were told not to attend lesson from Monday.

An email sent to parents and carers over the weekend read: “It is with regret that I write to inform you that Woodhey High School has had the first positive test for the coronavirus for one of our pupil population whilst the school has been in session.

“The positive test has been for one of our Year 11 pupils.

“This means that Year 11 pupils should not attend school on Monday 21st September 2020.”

‘A small number of pupils’ at St Monica’s RC High School are also self-isolating after a coronavirus case was confirmed in one student.

Another member of the school’s support staff has also tested positive, headteacher Chris Foley said in a letter to parents.

However, the staff member does not routinely work with any pupils, Mr Foley confirmed.

His letter continued: “We have reviewed and carried out a further full risk assessment to identify those who have been in close contact with the affected cases.

“This was done in conjunction with Public Health England and the Bury Health Protection team.

“They have recommended that those contacts stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days after their last contact with the affected individuals.”

It is also understood that a case has been confirmed in one Year 8 pupil at Tottington High School.

A spokesman for the Shaw Education Trust, which runs the school, said they did not feel it was appropriate to comment at this time.

The statement added: “We will continue to work with our schools to ensure the safety of our children.”

A number of Bury primary schools also have pupils and staff isolating.

This includes youngsters in the Early Years class at St Joseph and St Bede RC Primary School in Danesmoor Road.

It comes after one member of the staff at the school returned a positive coronvirus test result.

Headteacher Jane Myerscough said that the safety of the pupils and staff at St. Joseph and St. Bede R.C Primary is paramount.

She added: "We drew up comprehensive plans to deal with any Covid outbreak on return to school, in line with guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and the local infection team.

"Unfortunately we have had one case of coronavirus confirmed, for a staff member, in school.

"This was confined to the EYFS bubble, which is why after taking advice from PHE, we asked the classes and staff in that bubble to self-isolate.

"We have written to all parents, those whose children are now at home self-isolating, and those in the year groups that are still attending school, to keep them informed.

"Robust safety measures have been put in place to keep the school Covid safe.

"Staff are working to maintain regular communications with parents and families and have provided online support for home learning."

Other schools understood to have confirmed cases are: Elton High, Parrenthorn High, Elton Primary, Radcliffe Primary, Philips High, Unsworth Academy, Whitefield Community Primary, Butterstile Primary, St Marie's RC Primary, and East Ward Community Primary.