Pupils and staff at a number of East Kilbride schools have tested positive for coronavirus.

Cases were confirmed at St Leonards and Greenhills primaries and St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High, with suspected cases at Duncanrig Secondary also.

Positive cases were also confirmed at nearby Strathaven Academy – that has led to concerns from many at the speed COVID-19 is spreading through our schools.

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Now one school is taking extraordinary measures to ensure their pupils are following social distancing rules.

On Monday, a teacher from St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High started following kids into East Kilbride Village at lunchtime to try to enforce separation. That comes after the News last week highlighted fears pupils from the school were congregating in the Village and ignoring the guidelines.

Staff monitor St Andrew's and St Bride's pupils in the Village

But one onlooker told us: “The teacher was having a very hard time of it – it was just her from what I could see.

“She didn’t stand a chance.”

We reported last week on the serious concerns of East Mains residents over the number of pupils from the nearby school congregating outside shops.

Pictures sent to the News showed very little social distancing was taking place between the pupils, with similar concerns raised over Calderglen High pupils gathering in St Leonards Square.

Concerns were raised over what impact this was having on the spread of the virus in our schools and the wider community.

Staff from St Andrew’s and St Bride’s are now trying their best to help, acting as monitors at lunch time .

But our pictures show just one member of staff watching over large swathes of pupils.

The issue was flagged up by MSP Linda Fabiani, with the town’s police inspector also addressing the issue.

Inspector Stephen McGovern said his officers are working alongside schools to allay concerns and make sure pupils are abiding by the rules.

Inspector McGovern said: “We have been paying attention to the four schools during routine patrols at lunch and home times when not engaged with other incidents.

“I am aware schools have also been putting out communications to the children, requesting that they are taking notice of physical distancing where possible.

“This is something we will continue, particularly given the latest update on Friday specific to Lanarkshire cases.”

Inspector McGovern added that he had seen an increase in pupils wearing masks, however, local residents have challenged this on social media, saying they haven’t seen many youngsters wearing masks.

Head of education, Lynn Sherry, said South Lanarkshire Council was “very pleased” with the responsible attitude taken by pupils “in the main” who she says are “playing their part” in efforts to beat Covid-19.

Ms Sherry added: “Parents and carers have been directing their children to comply with the necessary guidance.”