DOZENS of children have been forced to self-isolate after a positive coronavirus case was confirmed at a school in Stourport.

In a letter seen by The Shuttle, Burlish Park Primary School told parents on Thursday (September 10) that two reception classes had shut down in response to the confirmed case.

A bubble of 60 reception pupils are now self-isolating at home for 14 days and will be able to return to class on Monday, September 21.

In the letter, the school said: "We have been in touch with Public Health England as there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school.

"As a result of this, two reception classes have been shut down and all reception children must self-isolate until Saturday 19 September, returning to school on Monday, September 21.

"The rest of the family do not need to self-isolate and siblings should attend school as normal, unless they display symptoms.

"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 more people, coronavirus will be a mild illness."

Dr Kathryn Cobain, director for Public Health for Worcestershire, confirmed: “An individual from Burlish Park Primary School has tested positive for Covid-19.

"This case was quickly identified, and the school is being supported by Public Health.

"Additional measures have been put in place to protect the school and help minimise any further disruption.

"The bubble which contains 60 reception children is now self-isolating for 14 days in line with guidance and will continue their learning through remote access.”