Bridgend County Borough Council has released new figures for how local schools are coping with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Latest statistics confirm that 73 per cent of all schools in the county borough are currently affected by the pandemic following positive Covid-19 tests for a total of 20 pupils and 11 members of staff.

As a result, more than 1,500 pupils and 69 staff members are self-isolating across 44 schools located throughout the area.

The self-isolations are taking place purely as a precautionary measure and are in line with national advice from Public Health Wales. All pupils who are self-isolating are continuing to receive lessons thanks to online access, virtual classrooms and blended learning facilities.

Cllr Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “These figures demonstrate that local schools are not taking any chances, and are prioritising the safety and well-being of pupils even as they strive to ensure that their education can continue with an absolute minimum of disruption.

“In each case, swift action has been taken and schools have acted promptly to implement precautionary advice supplied by Public Health Wales.

“All schools have a full range of measures in place to reduce risk, limit contact and maintain high standards of hygiene, and unaffected pupils can continue to attend lessons as normal.

“Parents, carers and guardians can support efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus by remaining vigilant, and not sending children to school if they exhibit any symptoms of Covid-19.”

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