A suspected case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant has been identified in a Bucks school.

Walton High, in Milton Keynes, announced on Monday in a newsletter sent to parents that a potential case of the variant has been detected on its Brooklands campus, in Fen Street.

In the letter, published on the school's website, executive principal Michelle Currie advised that the school was working with public health authorities to limit further infections.

Ms Currie also warned parents not to send their children into school if they feel at all unwell and advised that all year 7 and year 8 students on Brooklands campus will have to wear facemasks in classrooms unless they are exempt.

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In the letter, Ms Currie said: "We have been advised by the local public health team that there has been a case of COVID-19 at our Brooklands campus which is suspected to be the Omicron variant. 

"We are working closely with the public health team to put in place additional measures to limit further infections.

"Parents are reminded that they should not send their child to school even if they are only feeling slightly unwell. 

"Students with any COVID-19 symptoms must book a PCR test. It is important that students continue to test twice weekly using the LFD tests the school has provided."

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She added: "In addition, and on top of other mitigations, based on the advice of the local Director of Public Health, students in year 7 and year 8 at our Brooklands campus will wear masks in the classroom unless exempt. 

"In other year groups, students may wear face coverings in class if they choose but their mandatory use may be introduced if cases rise during the week. 

"All students on both campuses will continue to wear face covering sin corridors and social spaces and non-compliance with this expectation will be dealt with robustly."