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First Aberdeenshire schools closed indefinitely


By David Porter


Three north-east primary schools including Barthol Chapel and Alford have closed indefinitely to pupils this week.

Barthol Chapel School closed to all staff and pupils on Wednesday.
Barthol Chapel School closed to all staff and pupils on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, Aberdeenshire Council made the decision to shut them due to staff shortages, and stressed in each case that it was not coronavirus related.

Head teacher at Barthol Chapel School Adrian Anderson said: “The school is closed to everyone.

“In response to the critical staffing situation at Barthol Chapel School, the decision has been made to close the school to all indefinitely.

“I have taken this decision due to guidance for people who should now practice social distancing/self isolation.

“Can I please take this opportunity to reassure you that we do not have any confirmed cases of coronavirus in our school community.

“I am extremely sympathetic to the challenges that this presents to you as parent and carers but as you will appreciate, these are unprecedented and challenging times and I must act in the best interests of the health and safety of children and my staff.”

A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Councilconfirmed that Alford Primary School was also now closed to everyone due to the change in guidance for people who should now practice social distancing/self isolation due to staff shortages.

Again there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in this instance.

Near Stonehaven, Dunottar School was also closed for the same reason and Tullynessle School Nursery was closed while the main school remained open.

No decision has yet been taken on the blanket closure of schools, but at the First Minister's questions this week, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the situation was examined daily and would be instigated immediately if required.



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