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Fortrose Academy on Black Isle closes again to S1 to S2 pupils with staff shortage issue being kept under review over weekend

By Hector MacKenzie

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A ROSS-SHIRE secondary will be closed to two year groups again today because of staff shortages.

Fortrose Academy confirmed it will again close to S1 and S2 pupils on Friday because of staff absences and a lack of cover – but will remain open for all other year groups.

The partial closures was also in place yesterday.

It told parents: "It is clear that ongoing staff absences and lack of sufficient cover to operate safely is to continue tomorrow.

"The school will therefore continue to be closed to S1 and S2 pupils on Friday 12th.

"Staff will try to post work for S1 and S2 where possible."

It says S3-6 should attend as normal.

Emails and text messages have also been sent to parents/carers.

Looking ahead to next week, it said: "The school closure parent phone line will be updated over the weekend as we hear about staff returning to work or otherwise."

Parentline - 0800 564 2272 PIN 041040, Option 2 general information.

The school added: "We always try to avoid closure but this has not been possible in the current circumstances."

It is amongst many schools to be affected by disruption in recent weeks.

The impact of self-isolation following notification of Covid cases within the school population is amongst the reasons for the absences.

Neighbouring Avoch Primary on the Black Isle had also been affected in addition to other schools across the Highlands.

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