Pupils at Lochnorris Primary School have been told to self-isolate after a positive case of coronavirus was reported at the school.

Parents and carers received a letter detailing the positive coronavirus case at the school, which is only in its third day of teaching after opening its doors on Wednesday, November 18.

The letter advised the parents of children and pupils who had been identified as a close contact of the individual to self-isolate.

This also applies to staff.

The school came under scrutiny on Wednesday after parents raised major concerns over the handling of pick-up time at the end of the school day.

Crowds of people were seen to be gathered closely together outside the building, making socially distancing virtually impossible.

The letter from Head Teacher Cindy O’Driscoll reads: “I am writing to advise that we have received a report of an individual connected to our school/centre testing positive for coronavirus.

“We are working now with colleagues in Public Health and NHS Ayrshire and Arran to confirm this case and to identify and children/pupils and staff who we think are close contacts of this individual.

"At this stage, we have identified your child as being a close contact of the individual who has tested positive.

"As a precautionary measure, to minimise the risk of infection, we are asking your child to self-isolate at home and Public Health and NHS Ayrshire and Arran will contact you again later today or tomorrow by letter to confirm this.

“We understand that this news will cause you to feel concern today and that you will have many questions. Please be assured that follow-up support from NHS Ayrshire and Arran Test and Protect team will be able to answer these.

“We are unable to share with you any details of the individual concerned as this is a confidential medical matter.”

The letter went on to say: “The wellbeing of our children, staff and families is of utmost importance to us and it is very important to follow the guidance around self-isolation.

“Your child should not leave the house during the period of isolation, the end date of which will be confirmed by Public Health and NHS Ayrshire and Arran.”

Lynne McNiven, Joint Director of Public Health, said: "NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Test & Protect team is conducting contact tracing within Lochnorris Primary School in East 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.

"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."

Lochnorris Primary School comprises of ex-Greenmill and Barshare PS students and is part of the new multimillion pound Barony Campus.

The NHS have been contacted for comment.