A virus has swept through an Aberdeenshire school affecting pupils and staff forcing an early closure before the planned festive break.
A suspected outbreak of a flu-like virus has struck Carronhill special needs school in Stonehaven.
Aberdeenshire Council has decided to close the school today and remain closed until after the Christmas holidays.
A statement issued by the council today said: “In consultation with Public Health and Aberdeenshire Authority we have been advised to close Carronhill School due to an outbreak of flu-like symptoms that is affecting an increasing number of pupils and staff.
“Therefore the Christmas holidays will commence tomorrow Thursday, December 21 2017. We will re-open on Monday, January 8 2018 as scheduled.”
Carronhill School is a special school in Stonehaven which caters for around 40 children ageing from 5-18 with a variety of additional and complex needs.
The school covers the whole of South Aberdeenshire and currently has children from Portlethen, Ballater, Westhill, Markirk, Laurencekirk, St Cyrus as well as Stonehaven.