Weather / Many schools closed again as cold spell continues

Sledging in Scalloway. Photo: Malcolm Younger/Millgaet Media

WITH some fresh snowfall overnight and cold conditions forecast to continue, a number of schools in Shetland will remain closed today (Friday).

In the North Isles, Baltasound Junior High School, Mid Yell Junior High School, Whalsay School, Cullivoe and Burravoe Primary school are closed.

In the North Mainland Brae High School and the Ollaberry, North Roe, Urafirth, Mossbank, Nesting and Lunnasting primary schools are also shut.

In the West Mainland Aith Junior High School and the Happyhansel and Sandness Primary Schools are closed.

It means for some schools, particularly in the north, pupils are having a fifth day off.

All other schools across Shetland, including those in the Central and South Mainland, will be open today. Foula Primary School will open at 10am.

If weather conditions deteriorate during the day and any head teachers decide to close their school early, school staff will contact parents directly with further details.


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

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

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

Skills for Work college courses are cancelled today – S4 pupils should instead attend their school if it is open.

There is also disruption to some public bus services this morning, particularly in the North Isles and North Mainland. The latest public bus updates are available on the council’s voicebank on 01595 745744.

The Bluemull Sound ferry service has also been suspended this morning due to the state of the roads in the North Isles. Further updates will provide on the service’s voicebank on 01595 743971.

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