A STUDENT at a Sedgley school has tested positive for Covid-19 - it has been reported.

A year 11 pupil at The Dormston School, in Mill Bank, has contracted the virus, an unnamed parent reported.

They said year 11 pupils, who are in a bubble, have been sent home and told to self-isolate.

The school has been contacted for comment.

A case of the virus has also been confirmed at The Link Academy at Netherton, according to the academy trust's website. A pupil in year 11 was confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19 on September 9.

A message to parents of year 11 pupils at Dormston, sent today (Monday), states: "We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

"We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child may have been in contact with the affected child within the year 'bubble.'

"In line with national guisance we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until Wednesday 20 September (this will be 14 days since the confirmed case was last in school)."

It goes on: "If your child is well at the end of the period of self-isolation, then they can return to usual activities.

"Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period."

When contacted about the cases in schools by the News councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children and young people for Dudley Council, said: “Dudley Council is working closely with all education providers in the borough to keep people safe during the pandemic.

“Due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment on individual cases but parents and carers can be assured their childcare provider, school, or college will contact them should they need to take any action.

“When a case is confirmed that relates to an education setting they are reported to the Department for Education, which works with the setting to ensure appropriate and proportionate measures are taken.

“We are continuing to do all we can to keep children and young people safely back in education where they belong and a part of this work is also ensuring children do not unnecessarily miss important time at childcare, school or college.

“People can continue to help reduce the risk of transmission of the virus by following government guidance, including social distancing and practising good hand hygiene.

"It is vital that anyone who is symptomatic self-isolates and seeks a test.”