SCHOOLS in Bolton remain a "safe place" for pupils and teachers, say education chiefs.

They have moved to reassure parents after a number of positive coronavirus tests have led to class bubbles closing.

Over the past few days The Bolton News has reported on children having to isolate in a number of schools after cases of coronavirus were detected.

Heathfield Primary School shut two classes, reception and Year One last week as a result of positive covid case.

Headteacher Mark Thornley said in a recent newsletter to parents: "I want to reassure parents that as a school we are doing all we can to keep children and staff safe but unfortunately Covid infection rates are much higher across Bolton than other areas of Greater Manchester and England."

Year one children at Tonge Moor Primary School are set to return today after self-isolating.

A spokesperson for Bolton Council said:“In line with government guidance, there are a number of school settings in Bolton where bubbles are isolating because of a positive test.

“However, more than 85 per cent of pupils are still attending school this week and classrooms remain a safe place for children and teachers in Bolton.

“We are working closely with all schools to provide advice and guidance around the recent rise in Covid infections among young people."

He added: “We are in dialogue with schools and central government on the use of face coverings in schools from Monday.”

Under the roadmap, wearing face coverings in school will no longer be a requirement from Monday, but public health chiefs have said they will support schools who want to continue the measure after Bolton saw a spike in infections amongst young people.

Children who have to self-isolate are continuing to be taught remotely.