SOME pupils at a primary school who have been self-isolating will be allowed to return to class tomorrow, bosses have confirmed.

Powers Hall Academy, in Witham, sent all students home yesterday (Monday, September 28) morning after a member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

But an investigation has found the staff member only came into contact with Year 3 students and a Year 5 class.

As a result, those pupils will need to continue to self-isolating but all other students will be allowed to return to school tomorrow.

Jane Bass, chief exec of the Connected Learning Multi Academy Trust “Following a swift and thorough investigation with Public Health and the local authority education department, we have asked all the pupils in Year 3 and a single class in Year 5 to continue to self isolate until Wednesday, October 7, all other children will return to the school on Wednesday.

“No staff members are self-isolating and no other individuals are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms.

"We are continuing to closely monitor the situation.

"Powers Hall Academy has given clear communication to parents and is providing remote learning to the children self-isolating as a result of the contact.

“Here at Powers Hall Academy and the Connected Learning Trust the health and wellbeing of all pupils and staff is of the utmost concern.

"We understand that this development means additional disruption for children and their parents, but we must take appropriate action to assure their safety and prevent future spread of the virus.”

The school says the staff member who tested positive was an agency worker.

They were last in the school on Tuesday, September 22.

Students who are self-isolating will continue to learn at home through the internet.