A PRIMARY school has been forced to close its Year One bubble after a positive test for coronavirus

Tonge Moor Primary School has now turned to remote learning for that class as a deep clean is undertaken.

The closure of the bubble comes has headteachers across Bolton urge young people to be vigilant and continue to be tested.

Infection rates among young people are increasing.

Lostock Primary School also recorded a positive lateral flow test last Friday among its school community meaning its Year One and Six bubbles were shut on Friday.

However, following a PCR test, the result came back negative meaning children were able to come to school as usual.

In a letter to parents Vicki Guest said: "However, as I know you are all aware, the number of positive cases in Bolton is increasing. The Indian variant is concerning, especially the speed of transmission. The BL3 area has been significantly affected, due to community transmission, but this is beginning to impact on schools too."

All Saints Primary School posted: "The numbers of covid cases in Bolton are worrying at the moment. Some of our families live in BL3, please be vigilant about any symptoms and consider the rapid tests even if you don’t have symptoms. We don’t want another Bolton local lockdown."

"People with no symptoms of COVID can still spread it.

"We’ve had lots of families tell us over the last few months that people without symptoms are ‘safe.’ This is not true. We still don’t know how our early years staff got it last year but they were all infected at the same time by somebody who didn’t have any symptoms. Lots of COVID spreading happens in this way. If anyone in your house has symptoms, you must all isolate at home.

"Especially the children as they’re most likely not to have symptoms."

St Joseph's RC High School in Horwich reported that on Sunday Evening i had news of further positive cases of COVID19 identified through home testing.

The school said: "However, the prevalence of cases locally is a reminder that the pandemic is far from over. In fact, the impact on our school community is nearing what it was at the peak of the pandemic."

Yesterday, The Bolton News reported that the headteacher of Bolton School boy’s division has asked parents to make sure children have their coronavirus lateral flow tests amid the borough’s infection rate rise.

Philip Britton penned a letter on Sunday night reminding parents that pupils must have their tests and report it to the school as soon as possible.

He made the plea following the arrival of surge testing in Bolton after a rise in cases and wants to make sure everything is done to “avoid bubbles bursting” in the school.

He said: "You will have seen that there is a surge of cases in BL3, where some 112 boys live.

“I hope that many families living there have been able to take advantage of the surge testing."