Parents at Killisick Junior School in Arnold say it is "hard" to prepare for a potential Covid-19 outbreak.

What parents had to say on the school run as more 'scary' Covid-19 cases confirmed across Notts

At least 12 schools across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have recorded positive tests


News that at least 12 Nottinghamshire schools have recorded Covid-19 cases since the start of term has been described by parents as "scary".

Parents say it is "hard to plan" for the event that a case is recorded at their school, with government guidance requiring anyone who came into contact with a positive case to self-isolate for two weeks.

It comes as The Elizabethan Academy in Retford became the eleventh school across the county to confirm a positive case.

As a result of the announcement, the school has confirmed a "small number" of pupils have been placed into quarantine for 14 days.

Speaking as the news was announced, parents at Killisick Junior School in Arnold told Nottinghamshire Live about the difficulty of preparing for a potential outbreak.

Victoria Clewer, 34, a parent at the school, said: "As a parent you can't really prepare.

"The problem is that you can't stop what people are doing outside the school, and that's where cases come from.

"I know it is worrying but at the same time I know Killisick Junior School are doing their best to make sure everything is safe."

Mary Smith, 54, a grandmother on the school run, said: "I don't think it will be long before we're back in lockdown.

"If the school closed again it would be me and my daughter looking after the children and it's difficult because I'm asthmatic and have already been shielding."

Susan Gondoba, who was dropping off her child at the Arnold school, says children's education is the "most important thing".

She added: "It is a bit scary seeing the cases, but what can you do?

"Children need to go to school and their education is the most important thing.

"It's really hard but we have to manage like we already did at the start of lockdown.

"Home schooling is challenging but if we had to do it again we would do it."

Chris Isaac, another parent at the school, added: "My missus works in a school so if there was a case and our son had to go home, she would be there looking after him.

"I have been worried all the time through this, because you never know when there will be a case.

"It is one of those things and it's an invisible virus. The problem is that we don't get told anything by the Government and it makes it hard to plan."

Killisick Junior School in Arnold did not wish to provide a comment. There have been no cases at the school.

News from The Elizabethan School in Retford followed announcements of positive Covid-19 tests from 10 other schools last week.

The first announcement came on Sunday, September 6 when Mellers Primary School in Radford revealed a staff member had tested positive for the virus.

The school closed its doors in line with Public Health England guidance, before later revealing another staff member had registered a positive test.

Robert Miles Junior School in Bingham was the second school to announce a case after a staff member in the Year 5 bubble tested positive.

Pupils in this bubble were told to self-isolate for 14 days, but the school remained open.

Trowell C of E Primary School then revealed it was closed after a teacher was hospitalised with the virus, but was "in good spirits".

The fourth school to reveal a positive test was Robert Shaw Primary and Nursery School in Beechdale, with the Year 5 bubble in quarantine after a positive test among staff.

Heymann Primary School in West Bridgford followed suit after two confirmed cases were recorded at the school.

Part of Glenbrook Primary School in Bilborough then closed following a positive case in the Early Years Foundation Unit.

Holgate Primary and Nursery School in Hucknall was the seventh site to register a case and sent a "small number" of pupils into self-isolation. The school remained open.

And then on Friday, September 11, three schools announced positive cases.

These included Lowe's Wong Junior School in Southwell, Berry Hill Primary School in Mansfield and Retford's Carr Hill Primary School.