There are now 27 schools in Dudley currently affected by coronavirus.
Ellowes Hall Sports College, Alder Coppice Primary, Sutton Special School, Bishop Milner Catholic College, Pedmore High School and Woodsetton Special School have all had one or more confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Additional cases were identified at Leasowes High School, where pupils have been sent home for a two week ‘circuit breaker’, Crestwood Park Primary School, Jessons Primary School, Brook Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Old Park Special School, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Dudley Wood Primary School, Milking Bank Primary School, Sledmere Primary School, Dormston School and The Link Academy.
The Wordsley School BEM College, St James’s C of E Primary School, Glynne Primary School, Cotwall End Primary, Lutley Primary School, Newfield Park Primary School, Foxyards Primary School, Summerhill School and St Chads Primary are also affected.
Dudley Council was unable to provide Black Country Live with details of the number of students and staff currently self-isolating.
However, since this time last week, there are now eight more schools with confirmed cases.
Dudley was branded ‘medium risk’ when a new three-tier alert system came into effect across the UK on Wednesday, October 14.
It meant that although the rule of six applies indoors and outdoors and pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm, no further measures were introduced.
However the council is urging households to voluntarily not to mix with each other as it fears the area could be placed in the higher tier two category.
The leader of Dudley Council said the borough could be just a week away from further restrictions as he urged people not to be complacent.
Councillor Patrick Harley, said: “I’d like to thank everyone in the borough for their efforts so far in helping to limit the spread of the virus. However, despite this, cases in Dudley, as across the country, continue to rise.
“We must not be complacent. The stark reality is we could be just a week away from joining those areas with further restrictions.”
He continued: “We all need to redouble our efforts to prevent further spread to avoid moving into the high-risk threshold and the additional restrictions this will bring to our lives.
“It’s vital we act now to protect each other. Wash your hands regularly, keep a safe distance from others, limit your contact with other people and wear a face covering. If you have symptoms you must self isolate and get tested.”