An Ayr primary school class is in lockdown after pupils came into contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

The class at Heathfield Primary have been given blended learning to take home as they are to self-isolate up until December 2.

It is the second time the school has been hit with cases this month.

Track and Trace letters were sent out to parents by NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s Test and Protect Team to advise their children to stay at home.

One parent has expressed concern over schools continuing to stay open after their child was told to self-isolate.

The parent who did not wish to be named told the Advertiser: “We got an email on Saturday from the school first of all to say your child has been in close contact with a positive case of COVID in her class, then I later got an email from track and trace saying she would need to self-isolate until midnight December 2 and be back at school on December 3.

“They told me that no one else will need to self-isolate unless my child started to show symptoms.

“But Track and Trace called me back and they then said I need to self-isolate as well.

“I’ve already been out, but they told me unless my child can isolate in a room by herself with a bathroom when she is not coming out then no one else needs to.

“I contacted other mums and they said it was the full class.”

They added: “I’m surprised there's not been more cases at the school, Heathfield is such a big school and they have done really well to manage it.

“But I don’t think the schools should have opened when they did, children are meant to be super spreaders, blended learning at home can work.”

Statement by Lynne McNiven, Joint Director of Public Health said: "NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s Test and Protect team is conducting contact tracing within Heathfield Primary School in South Ayrshire council area

“A small number of individuals are being contacted by the Test and Protect team and told to self-isolate at home for 14 days following contact with a positive case

“We appreciate this is a very worrying time. However, we would like to assure people that every measure is being taken to protect pupils and staff.

“To respect and maintain patient confidentiality it is not possible to release any further information at this time.

“We would like to remind people of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19): new persistent cough; high temperature; and / or loss of taste and smell. Anyone who develops any of these symptoms should book a test and self-isolate immediately.”