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Staff shortages force classes to stay at home at Milton of Leys Primary in Inverness

By Alasdair Fraser

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Milton of Leys Primary
Milton of Leys Primary

Covid-19 staff absences have forced a wave of temporary classroom closures at an Inverness primary school.

Milton of Leys Primary’s headmaster Robert Gill asked two classes – primary two/three and primary six – to stay at home today because of a “significant” shortfall in teacher attendance.

The move follows similar closures for P1, P2, P2/3 and P3 on Friday, leading to the postponement of the school’s World Book Day celebration.

A message posted on Milton of Leys’ school blog yesterday read: “Due to further significant staff shortages today the P2/P3 will unfortunately not be able to attend School tomorrow, Monday March 7.

“A full email has been sent out by Mr Gill explaining this situation to all parents and carers of those children affected by tomorrow’s class closure.”

Parents and carers were told that appropriate work would be set online by the class teacher for children to complete at home.

The school blog said the World Book Day event would be rescheduled to next week to allow the large number of children now absent to take part.

A Highland Council spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that Milton of Leys Primary School had a partial closure today which was Covid-19 related.

"The continually developing Covid-19 picture in schools and communities means the position across our large school estate of over 200 schools is constantly changing.

"Therefore, we are unable to provide figures at an individual or area level for our schools.

"The school is regularly updating parents and carers and will inform them when school is ready to safely reopen."

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