Almost 100 children attending a west Highland school will get an extra few days added to their Christmas and New Year holiday.
Pupils attending Mallaig primary and nursery schools in Lochaber were evacuated on December 18 when it was discovered that the school’s chimney was dangerous.
And Highland Council today confirmed that it would be unable to reopen the premises for the spring term on Monday.
A council spokeswoman said the school would remain closed “for the health and safety of pupils and staff”.
She said: “Whilst an assessment of the necessary work has taken place over the holiday period, it has not been possible for this work to commence.
“It is anticipated that the school may be closed for up to three to five days and an update will be available on Tuesday January 6.
“Highland Council regrets the inconvenience this will cause for parents, carers and children, but the safety of pupils and staff is paramount.”
The 93 pupils attending the primary and nursery schools were moved to the nearby church hall when the problem with the chimney was discovered during the afternoon of December 18.
The buildings remained closed on Friday December 19, which would have been the last day of term.