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Coronavirus in schools LIVE: Schools affected or pupils self isolating

The number of pupils taking time off school due to Covid-19 has started to rise in the UK.

Several schools across the country have been hit by positive Covid-19 test results, which has led to pupils being told to stay at home.

We will keep this page updated with rolling news on the latest Newcastle, North & South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland and County Durham schools affected or where pupils are being sent home to self-isolate.

Parents should check school websites and social media feeds for the latest.

If you are a parent and you are advised of a closure or self-isolation directive please email us on [email protected] or tweet us @ChronicleLive.

Durham school closes for rest of week after 300 pupils sent home to self-isolate

A Durham secondary school has closed for the rest of the week after a spike in Covid-19 cases.

Framwellgate School, near the city centre, shut on Tuesday after 300 pupils were sent home to self-isolate.

Framwellgate School, near Durham city centre, shut on Tuesday after 300 pupils were sent home to self-isolate (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

An email to parents said school authorities felt a "circuit breaker was the only option" in light of the outbreak.

The message said: "Following my letter earlier today, I regret to inform you that I have taken the decision to close the school."

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Ministers concerned over the number of pupils missing school

Media minister John Whittingdale said that adhering to coronavirus measures was not always happening outside of schools.

Asked on BBC Breakfast about the number of pupils missing lessons due to having to self-isolate, Mr Whittingdale said ministers were concerned about the issue but said: “We are still fighting this pandemic.”

He said while schools were “very careful” to follow advice such as social distancing, “that doesn’t always happen outside school”.

He gave an example in his constituency of Maldon where “a dozen” positive cases were found after a group of students celebrating exam results “didn’t abide by social distancing, they were hugging each other”.

Up to 100 pupils from Ponteland High School self-isolating following confirmed Covid cases

Dozens of pupils from a Northumberland high school have been asked to self-isolate due to Covid.

Between 80-100 pupils from Ponteland High School, on Callerton Lane, were asked to self-isolate after being identified as close contacts, head teacher Kieran McGrane confirmed.

Ponteland High School (Image: newcastle chronicle)

Mr McGrane added that there has been a small number of cases, however the school has decided to "err on the side of caution" and asked any pupils they believe could have been in close contact to isolate.

He added that he has also had to self-isolate after a member of his household tested positive, which he says was detailed in an email to parents last Friday.

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