SENIOR students from Ross High School and nine classes from a primary school in Prestonpans did not attend school in person today due to staff isolating pending Covid test results.

Pupils in S4, S5 and S6 from Ross High School were informed yesterday evening via a letter to parents that they should not attend classes physically due to staff shortages, and instead would be participating in home learning.

The school remained open to all S1, S2 and S3 pupils.

Paul Reynolds, headteacher, said: "I apologise for any convenience this causes but we must follow the isolate and test guidance to keep everyone safe. Thank you for your understanding."

Additionally, pupils from nine classes at Preston Tower Primary School in Prestonpans were unable to attend classes in person today for the same reason.

An East Lothian Council spokesperson added: “As a result of staff members having to self-isolate whilst awaiting PCR test results, nine classes at Preston Tower Primary School (upper campus) and all S4-6 pupils at Ross High School have been learning remotely today (Monday).

"While this highlights that Covid-19 continues to present very real challenges, our contingency plans for remote learning remain in place, building on our experience of earlier in the pandemic.

"We can confirm that all classes will be returning to lessons in school tomorrow.”

Students are advised to continue taking lateral flow tests and wearing masks.