Parents have made calls for the closure of a North Lanarkshire high school as over 100 pupils and staff have been advised to self-isolate.

Test and Protect teams are now working to identify close contacts of those to have tested positive for the virus at Taylor High School.

A concerned father has told how pupils have described teachers are "dropping like flies" as he made calls for the school to temporarily close. 

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Speaking to Radio Clyde, he said: "What's bothering me is the comments and the feedback that my kids have given me, the whole of S5 and S6 have been decimated by having to isolate.

"One of my child's friends - they commented that through no fault of their own, they're on their third isolation period.

"The kids have commented about the teachers seem to be dropping like flies.

"There's at least two if not three departments down to single figure teaching levels.

"The school should be closed for a period of time - two weeks, maybe three weeks - to allow everybody to recover, to put in a break from the virus."

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The local health board has however said that the school will remain open. 

Martin Donaghy, NHS Lanarkshire consultant in public health medicine, said: "NHS Lanarkshire’s Test and Protect team has carried out contact tracing after individuals at Our Lady’s High School in Cumbernauld and Taylor High School in Motherwell tested positive for Covid-19.

"They are currently self-isolating at home. NHS Lanarkshire is working closely with North Lanarkshire Council with regards to these cases and has now contacted all close contacts.

"Public health advice has been given to these individuals and they are being told to self-isolate. The schools will remain open as normal."

A North Lanarkshire Council spokeswoman said that the school is following the Scottish Government's health advice in minimising the spread of the virus. 

She said: "We are doing all we can to keep our schools open and running as normally as possible.

"We are working closely with NHS Lanarkshire’s Test and Protect team to ensure our staff and pupils are kept safe.

"We communicate directly with pupils, parents and staff to inform them of any developments within their school and continue to ask people to keep safe and stick to the guidance to prevent the further spread of coronavirus."