Parents of pupils at a fire-hit school have given their support to the city council for its efforts to get pupils back into learning as soon as possible.
Education bosses held a meeting at Dundee’s North East Campus in Whitfield on Monday night to provide an update on Braeview Academy.
The building’s north-west corner was extensively damaged by fire last week, prompting a massive emergency response and temporarily displacing pupils.
About 400 parents turned out at the meeting to hear children and families executive director Paul Clancy outline the next steps.
S1 and S2 pupils are being shuttled to Craigie High via a bus service which runs from outside the old Longhaugh Primary, while S3-S6 are at Baldragon Academy, run there by a bus from outside Braeview.
Parents have expressed their support on social media, attaching their praise for the council to the hashtag #WeAreBraeview.
Georgie Smith wrote on Twitter: “Well done to @BraeviewAcademy staff for the effort to get them back to learning as quick as possible #wearebraeview.” Tweeting after the meeting, Jenny Hendry said: “Really happy with @BraeviewAcademy tonight so happy my girls are taught by you guys #weareBraeview.”
Councillor Stewart Hunter, education convener, said the meeting had gone “really well” – and said kids could be back on campus as early as next month.
“Parents were a lot more positive afterwards – and while kids are at Craigie and Baldragon for now we were able to tell them it’s just for a number of weeks,” he said.
“The plan is to use the parts of the building that are untouched and put portable cabins in place.
“We have to make sure the rest of the building is safe and secure.”
Some local parents had queried why closer schools, such as the old Longhaugh Primary and Rockwell High, hadn’t been used.
Mr Hunter said the buildings were no longer fit for use.
“These schools are not in a fit state for pupils – they don’t have plumbing, electricity, anything like that,” he said.