A WHOLE year group at an infant school is understood to be self-isolating after a coronavirus case was confirmed.

Year 2 pupils at Howbridge Infants School, in Dengie Close, Witham are now learning from home after bosses revealed they had been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.

It is understood an estimated 100 pupils have been ordered to learn online from home.

They will be allowed to return to school on October 21.

A letter sent out to parents of Year 2 pupils states :"We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school.

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"We have been advised by the national test and trace programme and have identified that you child has been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for Covid-19.

"In line with national guidance, we request that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until October 21 (14 days after contact).

"We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of Covid-19 to others in the community.

"During this period of isolation, we will provide remote learning for your son/ daughter via email.

"Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14-day isolation period."

Essex County Council has been contacted for comment.