Schools across Bradford are being hit by the coronavirus with more cases appearing in schools every week.

Pupils across the district have only been returning to classrooms for a few weeks following the national lockdown but the impact continues across the classroom.

Bradford council confirmed that all the schools are remaining open despite over 100 schools across Bradford with cases.

The announced that year groups or class bubbles have been told in affected schools they having to isolate.

We spoke to parents outside Barkerend Primary Leadership Academy who had concerns.

Despite the rise in cases Cllr Imran Khan, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills, said; “Our schools are continuing to do an excellent job in the very challenging circumstances caused by COVID-19.

“All schools have protective measures in place in line with national government guidance. Staff have worked tremendously hard to reopen for the autumn term and I applaud and thank them for their efforts.

“Robust systems are in place to report any positive cases. Close contacts are identified and told to self-isolate and parents given advice and support. Schools have access to support from Bradford Council and public health experts throughout the process.

“In Bradford District there are more than 100,000 pupils and 10,000 members of staff across 214 schools.

“While the virus remains in our community, there will always be the risk of cases in schools. “Schools have plans in place to deliver home learning to any children or young people who are self-isolating. We, as a council, are supporting that through a scheme to get IT devices to pupils who need them to work at home.

“We have proportionately far fewer bubble or partial school closures in relation to cases than most authorities. Fewer bubble or partial school closures helps to reduce the impact on children’s education.

“Education is a priority for Bradford Council. We know that children not being in school can harm their prospects and wellbeing – especially children who are already disadvantaged. So, we will continue to support our schools to operate in the safest possible way through the pandemic.

“We can all play our part in tackling the virus by regularly washing our hands, wearing a mask when we should and maintaining social distancing.”