A PAISLEY school has closed this week due to staffing shortages as a result Covid cases that could potentially be linked to the new Omicron variant.

Todholm Primary School's doors will be closed until Monday, December 13 after NHS Track and Trace teams identified a number of close contacts within the school including staff members, the Paisley Daily Express reported.

Renfrewshire Council has apologised to parents for the inconvenience but has confirmed the decision to close the school is related to staffing concerns as opposed to public health concerns.

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Parents already knew of Covid cases within the school but following a visit from Public Health officials on Friday, the processes in place were found to be robust.

In a letter sent to parents, three classes have also been asked to self-isolate and book a PCR test. It is understood remote learning will be in place for this week only.

A spokesperson for Renfrewshire Council said: "“Todholm Primary School is temporarily closed this week (Monday 6 to Friday 10 December). This follows NHS Test and Protect contact tracing that requires members of the school community to self-isolate, including school staff. This is due to COVID-19 cases linked to the school confirmed as, or with the potential to be the new Omicron variant.

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"Due to the number of staff asked to self-isolate we have taken the decision to close the school and to switch to remote learning.

“The decision has been taken as we are unable to maintain appropriate staffing levels and is not a public health decision. Following identification of cases, a further risk assessment was carried out by public health and environmental health teams and all appropriate health and safety measures were found to be robust. We have apologised to parents for any disruption and will keep them updated.”