Pupils at an Aberdeen secondary school had their winter break unexpectedly extended yesterday – as they were sent home due to the state of their flood-damaged building.
A fault with a tap in the art department caused flooding at Dyce Academy over the festive holidays.
Frantic clean-up efforts were carried out ahead of the beginning of term, but it quickly emerged that the school was still in no condition to welcome back the children.
All pupils were sent home at about 10.30am.
Efforts had been carried out to dehumidify specific areas, but some of the specialist teaching rooms were not able to be used due to the damp conditions.
Today the school will remain closed for juniors, but open to seniors allowing appropriate checks and cleaning to take place as required.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “Staff were working at the end of last week and throughout the weekend to clean and dehumidify specific areas of the Dyce Academy building, following the minor flooding which occurred over the festive break.
“This work is continuing as some specialist teaching rooms are not currently able to be used, due to the damp conditions.
“Some damage also occurred in some store cupboards.
“Considering the potential resulting impact on the health and safety of pupils we made the decision to close the school to all pupils yesterday.”