A Dundee secondary school has issued a reassuring statement after being forced to close today due to a heating failure.
The Tele reported this morning that Braeview Academy had been forced to close on the first day of the new term due to lack of heating.
The school, in Whitfield, tweeted the news at 9.11am this morning after temperatures in Tayside plunged to -9.8C overnight.
The message from the academy, which has a school role of 527, said: “School closed to pupils today due to lack of heating.
“Parents have been sent a text message.
“School will be open as usual tomorrow.
“Pupils whose parents are unable to make arrangements for them will be supervised in school today.”
The academy has now promised that the school will be open as usual tomorrow.
Its tweet said: “Braeview Academy will be open as usual tomorrow (Tuesday).
“The heating is now back on. We look forward to seeing all pupils back to school tomorrow.
“Please re-tweet and spread the word. Apologies to all for the inconvenience today.”
Braeview Academy will be open as usual tomorrow. (Tuesday) The heating is now back on.
We look forward to seeing all pupils back to school tomorrow. Please re-tweet and spread the word.
Apologies to all for the inconvenience today.
— Braeview Academy (@BraeviewAcademy) January 8, 2018
Elsewhere, St John’s RC High School is still to confirm if it will reopen as normal tomorrow after it was forced to close a number of classrooms this afternoon.
It tweeted earlier: “Due to heating system failure in half of the school, S1-S4 pupils will be sent home at lunchtime today.
“S5/6 pupils will remain in school.”
The decision caused confusion, with Fiona Stewart tweeting: “Can I ask why the seniors are being made to stay – surely this should be an across the board decision? All the pupils are absolutely freezing immaterial of their age.”
Elsewhere, Forfar Academy closed the school at 10.45am today over “heating issues”.
A statement from the secondary school on Angus Council’s website said: “School will be closing at 10.45 due to heating issues. School transport has been arranged for entitled pupils.”
The school has released a fresh statement this afternoon stating that it will be open as usual tomorrow.
It said: “School will be open as normal on Tuesday 9 January 2018 – transport will run as normal.”
In Fife, four schools were closed.
Madras College, Buckhaven Primary and Pitcoudie Primary were shut due to “heating problems”, while water issues also closed Kilmaron School.
Police dealt with 25 road crashes in an hour this morning amid freezing conditions across the country.
The lowest temperature recorded overnight was -9.8C (14.4F) at Strathallan in Perthshire, the Met Office said.
Ian Robinson, of the Met Office, said: “The very low minimums of the past few days are probably not going to be repeated.
“It may be down to minus 3C (26.6F) tonight but generally minimum temperatures will not be as low due to increasing wind and cloud.”