Coronavirus in Scotland: North Ayrshire school pupils at St Matthews Academy in Saltcoats will learn remotely till next year

A school in North Ayrshire will be using remote learning until next year after an increase in Covid-19 numbers at the school.

Pupils at the Roman Catholic school, St Matthew's Academy, in Saltcoats will be studying remotely until the end of term (photo: Google Maps).
Pupils at the Roman Catholic school, St Matthew's Academy, in Saltcoats will be studying remotely until the end of term (photo: Google Maps).

Pupils at St Matthew's Academy in Saltcoats will be studying off-campus until the end of term on December 23.

They will return to the classroom on January 6.

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The Roman Catholic high school has more than 1,000 pupils from towns across the Scottish council area.

A statement from North Ayrshire Council read: "Due to a further increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases at the school and following discussions between North Ayrshire Council, NHS Ayrshire & Arran's Health Protection Team and Scottish Government, a decision has been taken to introduce home learning through to the end of this term

"Pupils will return to the school campus on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, following the festive break.

"In the meantime, pupils will be expected to continue with their lessons remotely."

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