A coronavirus case has been confirmed at a Leicester secondary school for girls.
Parents of a number pupils at Sir Jonathan North College in Knighton have been asked to keep their children off school for six days.
This comes after a year 10 pupil – aged 14 to 15 – has tested positive for Covid-19 .
The 1,200-pupil school, in Knighton Lane East, informed parents and carers of the positive case today.
The email from principal Rose Angus said: “Dear parents and carers, we have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school.
“We know that you may find this concerning but 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 most people, coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness.
“The very small number of Year 10 children who have been in direct prolonged contact with the confirmed case will have received an individual letter and will be staying at home for a further 6 days as the student who tested positive, has not been in school for the last 8 days.
“The college remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.”
More than 40 schools and colleges across Leicester and Leicestershire have reported coronavirus cases among pupils and staff since returning for the autumn term.
Public health officials and education bosses in the city and county have said that the number of confirmed cases in schools remains small given that more than 150,000 children and staff have now returned to classes for the autumn term.
They have sought to reassure parents that the measures taken to prepare schools and make them Covid-secure have been working.
They say the bubble system has allowed them to restrict contact between affected groups of pupils.