Students at the fire-hit Braeview Academy will start returning to classes next week across two different city schools.
Dundee City Council’s convener of children and families services, Stewart Hunter, said there would be a phased return to school for the 570 pupils affected by this week’s blaze.
The students will be sent to Craigie High and the new Baldragon Academy, while the full extent of the damage to Braeview is assessed.
Senior pupils in S4-6 will return to school next week, Mr Hunter said.
Pupils in S1-3 will return to school the week after.
Mr Hunter said: “This situation will likely last until the October holidays.
“After that we will be looking to get all our pupils back under one roof but as yet we don’t know where that will be.”
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Mr Hunter said the school had still not been handed back to the council by the police and fire officers, who were still investigating the cause of the blaze.
However, once it is, the council will get inside to take a look at the full extent of the damage.
Mr Hunter said: “It looks like part of the school is pretty much untouched.
“We think where the science labs are is not too badly damaged, but whether or not that part of the school is usable we have still to find out.”
He said that the council would be having a full meeting with parents early next week to provide them with all the information they would need for their children’s return to school.
“There’s a lot of work to be done to decide what will happen in the future,” he said.
“Our current priority is getting pupils back to their education.
“Finding the best solution for our 570 pupils is not straightforward, and there are issues to consider around finding suitably equipped classrooms, access to learning materials and canteen facilities.
“We are working hard to create a bespoke timetable for the coming weeks, using other school accommodation.
“We would encourage young people to use the online learning available to them through the Glow network.
“Braeview teachers will also be online to support learning from next week.”
Labour group leader Kevin Keenan said: ‘I will be working with our ward councillor, Brian Gordon, to see that disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.
“If this needs extra resources then they will have to be found.
“I am sure that local people and the local community will rally round to support the school.”
Although the exact cause of the fire is still to be determined, the Tele has learned that investigators believe a small bonfire that went wrong may have started the blaze.
Although not thought to have been a deliberate attempt at fireraising, it is thought strong winds may have fanned the flames towards the school, starting Tuesday night’s blaze.
Meanwhile former Braeview pupils have spoken of their shock at seeing their old school burn.
Scotland and Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam said it was “absolutely devastating” to see his old school damaged so extensively.
He said: “I’ve got a lot of good memories up in Whitfield – that’s my childhood there – so it’s upsetting to see this happen.
“It looks like they’ll have to rebuild a lot of it again, which is going to cause a lot of upheaval.”
Other former Braeview pupils include television presenter Eddie Mair and Dundee City councillor Gregor Murray.