SCHOOLS in Cheshire West have already experienced cases of Covid-19, the council has confirmed.

In a statement, Cheshire West and Chester Council says all schools affected have successfully completed contact tracing.

That means any staff or pupils in close contact with someone who has experienced coronavirus symptoms have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

Self-isolating pupils will be supported by their school to continue their education at home.

CWAC says parents can be reassured that if they have not been contacted by the school, their child is not connected to any of those affected.

The council has not named which schools have been affected by cases of coronavirus.

Cllr Louise Gittins, CWAC leader, said: “The council’s public health officers worked with school leaders in the weeks leading up to the reopening of schools to offer public health advice, run scenario planning activities and guide school leaders on the workings of the Test and Trace System.

Winsford Guardian:

“Already our schools are putting this knowledge into practice as we have begun experiencing cases of Covid-19 in our schools this week.

“As a result of careful planning, schools are in the process of preventing the spread of the virus by ensuring affected pupils and staff self-isolate.

“Those unaffected can continue their education in the classroom and staff can support those children at home.

“We will continue to work with schools, Public Health England and the Test and Trace over the coming days and weeks to monitor the situation and act accordingly when cases are reported.

“We ask all parents to contact their child’s school if they develop symptoms and follow the public health advice to self-isolate. By doing this, you will be playing your part to protect our community.”