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Weather / Winter weather closes some schools for a fourth day

WITH the wintry weather continuing, some schools in Shetland will stay closed for a fourth consecutive day.

There has now been a statement from the council on school closures, but some head teachers had already announced their decision via school’s social media pages.

Schools in Baltasound, Mid Yell , Whalsay, Burravoe, Brae, Ollaberry, North Roe, Urafirth, Mossbank and Lunnasting are closed today (Thursday).

All other schools are open.

For pupils at Anderson High School and Sound Primary School, there is no school transport through Gulberwick.

Brae head teacher Logan Nicolson said it had been a difficult decision.

“Taking on board advice from transport providers and roads service, I have taken the decision to remain closed today,” he said on the school’s Facebook page.

“Although main roads may be passable, a high proportion of our staff and pupils are on side roads which are not safe to travel on yet. Additionally, pavements in Brae are still not clear which may force pupils and parents to walk on the main road, which would put them at risk.”

Early learning and childcare settings will be open, unless their associated school, listed above, is closed. The Isles Haven and Hame Fae Hame nurseries will be open today.

Secondary pupils attending schools which are closed, especially those in S4, S5 and S6, are encouraged to log onto MS Teams for remote learning and support from school staff.

There are also some disruptions to public transport. North Isles services are all cancelled, while the North Roe, Ollaberry and Sullom feeder services are suspended.

Inter island ferries on Bluemull Sound operate a single vessel Saturday service only.

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