School will stay closed

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Parents of children at Dunnottar Primary School are being advised to make alternative childcare arrangements for the start of the new school term next week.

The school was badly damaged in the recent flooding. Despite efforts to pump out the flooded basement, repair the boiler and undertake extensive checks to the heating and electrical systems, further work is required to replace carpets and undertake a deep clean of the affected areas.

As a result of the disruption, it is likely the school will be closed to pupils on Monday, January 7 and Tuesday, January 8.

Nursery classes will be unaffected and will operate as usual from Carronhill School.

Council staff and contractors are working through the holiday period to get the school reopened as soon as possible, however, the work is likely to continue into the New Year.

At the height of the flooding, the school had eight feet of water in the basement, damaging the school’s main boiler. Other parts of the school were also hit, causing damage to carpets, floors and walls. The bad weather also damaged part of the school’s roof, but this is expected to be repaired before the start of term.

Any additional closure will allow teachers and staff at the school to prepare their classrooms for the new term, and it is hoped that pupils will be able to return to the school in the middle of the week.

Aberdeenshire Council Education, Learning & Leisure’s Head of Policy & Resources, Wilf Weir, said: “We are thankful for the work of council staff and contractors in installing a temporary boiler and working hard to ensure that the school is ready to reopen as soon as possible.

“Much like the rest of Stonehaven, we are dealing with flood damage but teachers and staff will use any extra time to prepare the school and staff are keen to get back to work as soon as possible.

“We understand there might be some disruption for parents. We are grateful to the teachers and parents for their understanding whilst we prioritise work on the school.”