All schools will close during strike action

ABERDEENSHIRE Council will close all its schools to pupils if the nationwide strike action takes place on November 30.

The decision has been taken in order to give parents adequate time to put in place alternative arrangements for child care.

Wherever possible, schools will be open for teachers and support staff not taking industrial action. Staff should check the Aberdeenshire Council website for updates which will be promoted through the school snow closure system and turn up for work as usual, or attend their nearest open school.

Community and voluntary groups who have bookings at schools or any community facilities on November 30 are advised to expect disruption and to consider making alternative plans.

Council chief executive, Colin Mackenzie, said: “We apologise for the disruption and do not take the decision to shut our schools lightly.

“However, our highest priority is for the safety of children and with such widespread disruption expected, it is better to give parents time to make alternative arrangements for the day.“

Members of the public may experience some disruption across all Aberdeenshire Council services.