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50 Covid cases detected at a Highland primary school - Lochardil Primary School head teacher, announces partial return to class tomorrow, Thursday after one in seven at the Inverness school contracts the virus

By Louise Glen

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Lochardil Primary School.
Lochardil Primary School.

Parents at a Highland primary school have been told some pupils will be able to return to school tomorrow, Wednesday, after a Covid outbreak that closed the school.

The head teacher of Lochardil Primary schools revealed in an email to parents that the school had 50 confirmed Covid cases in the school.

The school roll is around 328 children.

Head teacher Audrey Kellacher wrote in an email to parents: "There will be a partial reopening of the school tomorrow and Friday.

"Unfortunately we have over 50 confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 at this time, and our staffing levels continue to be affected by this.

"We have managed to open some classes on a skeleton staff model and this may be subject to change at short notice if further staff become unwell. For this reason it may not be the usual class teacher with your class however please be reassured all our staff are fantastic and will continue to do a super job.

"We have had further cases within our P3A class so this class will continue to be investigated and should continue to isolate at this time.

"We will share communication tomorrow directly with our classes that are isolating with regards to children returning to school on their end of isolation date(s).

Face to face school will be reopened for classes: all ELC children and Out of School Care will be available for children in those classes in school, P1/2, P3B, P3/4, P4A, P5, P6/5, P7A and P7B.

Classes online and not attending face to face will be: P1, P2, P3A, P4B, P6.

Ms Kellacher continued: "As Scottish Government guidelines state, if a sibling has a negative PCR result after testing due to a family member being positive, they are able to attend school. "However, I am aware during these times and given our current circumstances that many of our families have different circumstances and if you feel you would prefer to continue to keep e.g. the sibling at home online learning if there is a positive case within your household, please contact us and we can support the continuity of learning for the children at home while continuing to keep us all safe.

"Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further queries or concerns.

She added: "We are continually working with NHS Highland HPT and our central officers at Highland Council to keep our children and staff safe, and education continuing, and work towards resuming full service as safely as possible. I will be in touch over the coming days with further information, and as ever thank you for your support and understanding at this time."

READ: Lochardil Primary and Early Learning Centre in Inverness are closed today due to an outbreak of Covid citing 'associated staff shortages'

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