Bridgend County Borough Council has issued an update on schools that have experienced cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus since the start of the new term.

At Ysgol Bryn Castell, one member of staff has tested positive. A further 17 members of staff and 39 pupils are self-isolating.

In Maesteg School, one member of staff has tested positive. Five members of staff are self-isolating, but no pupils have been affected.

One member of staff has tested positive at Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, and is self-isolating. No further staff or pupils are affected.

At Bryntirion Comprehensive School, one pupil has tested positive. The entire Year Seven intake of 215 pupils are self-isolating as a result, as well as one member of staff.

In Pencoed Primary School, one pupil tested has positive, and seven pupils and two members of staff are self-isolating.

Cllr Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: “While only five cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, they have resulted in a further 285 people having to self-isolate for 14 days.

“This precautionary measure is in line with advice from Public Health Wales, and is designed to reduce the possible spread of the virus to family, friends and the wider community.

“Our experience of the situation so far aptly demonstrates why it is so vitally important for everyone to remain alert for symptoms of Covid-19, and to ensure that all national guidance is followed to help combat the spread of the virus.

“Schools have been preparing for pupils to return to school for some time now, and have been able to take swift action in each case. Parents, carers and guardians can support these efforts by remaining vigilant, and not sending children to school if they exhibit any of the symptoms related to the coronavirus.

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

“Those who are self-isolating are also continuing to receive lessons thanks to online access, virtual classrooms and blended learning facilities.

“The pandemic is far from over, and I’d like to thank pupils, teachers, staff, parents, carers and guardians for their continued co-operation and understanding.

“This is still very much an ongoing process, and we will of course keep you up to date on new developments, procedures and emerging national guidance.”