Pupils from seven Lancashire schools are currently self-isolating after further cases of coronavirus among cohorts in the last week.

From Lancaster to Nelson and Rossendale to Poulton-le-Fylde, primary and secondary schools pupils are staying at home after outbreaks of Covid-19 among school communities.

At least 38 schools in Lancashire now have had outbreaks of the virus, with thousands sent home to self-isolate since the start of the new academic year.

Between Monday (October 19) and Friday (October 23), there were more than 10 new cases in school communities throughout Lancashire.

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Lancaster

Lancaster Ryelands Primary and Nursery School

On Monday (October 19), Ryelands Primary and Nursery School in Lancaster closed to all pupils following a Covid-19 outbreak.

Parents and guardians of pupils at the school were asked to arrive at school on Monday to collect their children as soon as they possibly could.

It came after a number of pupils in Year 4 were sent home due a positive case of the virus. There was also a positive case in Year 5 and in a supply staff member working across many year groups.

Headteacher Linda Pye said the decision to close was not "easy", but was adamant it was the safest course of action.

"This has not been an easy decision and I do not wish to cause any alarm but I feel this is the safest course of action. You will be aware that school has been closed to nursery and reception since last week due to a positive case of a staff member and this morning we have sent home year 4 children due to a positive case," Mrs Pye said in a letter to parents and guardians.

Bowerham Primary and Nursery School

Thursday (October 22) also saw Year 5 pupils at Bowerham Primary and Nursery School told to stay home after a member of staff returned a positive test for Covid-19.

The message was relayed to parents at around 7.30am on Thursday, with headteacher Mrs Banks saying it was awaiting further advice from the Department for Education.

"As a precautionary measure please do not send your child in," Mrs Banks said on the school's Facebook page.

"Siblings can however attend school and members of the family can also go to work."

Poulton-le-Fylde

Monday also saw three year groups at Baines School in High Cross Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, sent home due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

The secondary school received reports of four pupils returning positive test results for the virus.

As a result of this, all pupils in Years 7, 8, and 11 were told to self-isolate while staff identified close contacts.

Only 'certain bubbles' will need to continue to self-isolate with other pupils returning to classrooms.

It is the second time pupils in Year 11 have been temporarily sent home since the start of term after a pupil in the year group tested last month.

Garstang

Garstang Community Academy

Tuesday (October 20) saw Garstang Community Academy confirmed a case of coronavirus among its 'school community'.

Parents and guardians were informed of the news on Monday; but headteacher Alasdair Ashcroft was hesitant to say if the case was among students or staff.

Those who had been in close contact with the infected person, which Mr Ashcroft said was a "small number of children", are now self-isolating for two weeks.

Mr Ashcroft also urged calm among the school community, writing: "Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness."

Nelson

St Paul's CE Primary School in Hibson Road, Nelson

St Paul's CE Primary School in Nelson said it was closing until after half-term due to an outbreak of the virus.

The school in Hibson Road revealed the news on Tuesday after saying three year groups had been told to self-isolate after more positive test results were confirmed.

Due to the outbreaks, the school said there is 'very short staffing' that was increasing a risk to others within the school community.

The school is now reopening on Monday, November 2.

In the meantime, all Year 1, 3 and 4 pupils have been told to self-isolate.

Rossendale

The Valley Leadership Academy in Fearns Moss, Stacksteads

Two Rossendale schools have been hit by cases in the last week.

Two pupils from Valley Leadership Academy in Stacksteads have returned positive Covid-19 test results, with their close contacting joining them in self-isolation at home.

"We have planned extensively for this scenario by carefully organising pupils into groups and limiting their movements around the school to prevent the risk of the virus spreading," an academy spokesperson said.

"These measures enabled us to quickly trace who may have been exposed to the virus and to ask them to self-isolate for 14 days."

Five close contacts of a positive Covid-19 test have also been told to self-isolate from Thorn Primary School in Bacup.

It is the schools first case of the virus. Headteacher Mrs Alison Edgar said she could not confirm if the positive test was for a pupil or staff member.