Electrical fault keeps Easdale Primary shut

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A major electrical fault means Easdale Primary School must stay shut for now.

Pupils in P1 to P3 and nursery-age youngsters were due to go back to class on Monday with the easing of Covid restrictions but problems with the electrics meant alternative arrangements had to be made in haste.

A designated separate space for the affected primary age pupils has been made on site at  Oban Primary Campus, including an area to eat lunches and to play during breaktimes while parents of nursery children were being phoned up on Saturday to be given the choice of a number of nurseries – including one an hour’s drive away in Craignish. Most have opted for Kilninver School.

Parents are now calling on Argyll & Bute Council to turn Seil Island Hall, not far from the school building, into a makeshift school until the problems with the electrics are solved and their children can safely return.

There are concerns among some families about taking their children off the island for schooling and that it could be after the Easter-break when the school reopens.

Some worried parents had contacted Oban North & Lorn councillor Julie McKenzie for help.

She said: ‘There has been understandable concern raised by parents however I am confident that everything that can be done by the council is being done. I know that education staff have been working around the clock to facilitate the current emergency provision and keep parents and carers well informed. As ever with children’s health and safety the absolute priority it will take the council a wee bit of time to properly assess the preferred local option – Isle of Seil Hall, to ensure that it fulfils regulatory and health and safety requirements, so with this in mind I’d ask parents and carers to please bear with us.’

Education officials have now visited Seil Island Hall to carry out an inspection and the hall’s committee is waiting to hear the outcome.