A COVID-HIT East End school will remain open despite a "large number" of pupils being sent home. 

Council bosses say they are working closely with health officials to ensure Whitehill Secondary, in Dennistoun, is safe amid fears the education hub has been affected by multiple outbreaks of the virus.

It is understood a large number of children in S3 to S6 from the Onslow Drive school are currently in quarantine and a deep clean was carried out over the weekend. 

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In a bid to reassure parents, a letter has been sent out by Glasgow City Council staff this week outlining the "robust measures" in place. 

A council spokeswoman said: “Following some positive cases linked with the school, a number of pupils and staff who’ve been identified as close contacts are self-isolating as a precaution.

“A letter of reassurance has been sent to parents to keep them informed of the robust measures in place at the school to help reduce the spread of the virus and an enhanced, deep clean of the school was carried out over the weekend.

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“The advice from our public health experts is that a school should remain open - as it would be more detrimental for our young people to have any more disruption than is necessary to their learning and teaching - and staff will continue to support young people over this challenging period.

“Everyone has been reminded to continue to follow the rules to help keep everyone as safe as possible – wear face coverings, clean our hands regularly, physically distance where possible and self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.”