ALL Scottish schools and nurseries will be closing after Friday, March 20 as the coronavirus outbreak continues across the country.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today, March 18, that all educational facilities will close at the end of the week.

Ms Sturgeon said: “My view is that it is now inevitable that we will close schools and nurseries.

“My planning assumption is that schools will close to pupils at the end of this week. I wanted today to give parents notice of that.”

All schools will be closed until at least after Easter, however the First Minister could not promise they would open again before the summer holidays.

A statement on the Clackmannanshire Council website said: "Following the Scottish Government's announcement regarding the closure of schools, we would like to reassure parents and carers that we have been working on a range of options to plan for this event.

"The Scottish Government are due to announce more specific details tomorrow (March 19) and we intend to finalise our plans in alignment with the planned advice and guidance from Scottish Government.

"Please continue to check our website for the latest updates. Thank you for your patience and support."

The news comes on the same day it was announced that Tullibody South campus will be closed to all pupils and staff after a staff member presented with symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19).

The council took the decision to close the school for the day after receiving advice from the NHS.

A council spokesperson told the Advertiser a staff member at the campus “has symptoms which are likely [to] be coronavirus”.

The decision affects Abercromby Primary, St Bernadette's RC Primary and Tulach nursery. 

The school will now undergo a deep clean, but no date has been set as to when it will reopen.

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