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Kingussie High School closes junior classrooms early due to staff shortages

By Gavin Musgrove

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Kingussie High School has closed its junior section for pupils from S1 to S3 from today due to staff shortages.

Schools across the UK will be closed from the end of tomorrow although some classrooms across the country will remain open for the pupils of key workers.

These are expected to include NHS staff, delivery drivers, infrastructure employees amongst others with a skeleton teaching staff in place to teach their children.

The Government is to provide more details on on this later today.

Kingussie High School has closed its doors one day earlier to junior pupils due to staff shortages.
Kingussie High School has closed its doors one day earlier to junior pupils due to staff shortages.

Kingussie headteacher Ian Adamson told parents in correspondence yesterday: "I am writing to inform you that I have had to make the difficult decision to close Kingussie High School to our junior pupils, S1-S3.

"The school will remain closed to S1-S3 for the rest of the week due to staff shortages.

"This decision has been a difficult one but I feel that we need to focus on our senior pupils with the staff we have available and ensure that they are best supported with SQA assignments and coursework.

"As I am sure you have all heard, schools will be closed at the end of Friday due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

"This is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone but I want to reassure you that Kingussie High School will do everything we can to support pupils and families through this period.

"I will write to all parents/carers again before the end of Friday to inform you of the support that will be on offer when the school is closed.

"I have held assemblies with all years groups over the last two days and I have emphasised that my staff will still be here to support our pupils with school work and pastoral concerns.

"I am confident that my staff know our learners very well and they are committed to helping in any way possible."

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