A Highland Council spokesperson said: “The difficult decision to close Inverness Royal Academy today (28 February) was taken as a precautionary measure for staff and pupil safety in line with Scottish Government and Police Scotland advice warning people not to travel unless absolutely necessary. The decision to close was also taken given the severity of the Amber and Yellow weather warnings that are still in place for today and tomorrow. Head Teachers have to take decisions to close their schools at very early hours each morning with information available to them, which in this case included national warnings not to travel – as reinforced by Transport Scotland signage on the A9 approaches to Inverness. Head Teacher, Nigel Engstrand apologises for any inconvenience for the school being closed today. In the vast majority of occasions, head teachers get this difficult decision right, but they must always exercise caution where the safety of pupils is concerned.
“For all school closures (including Inverness Royal Academy) – parents, carers and pupils should check the school closures website www.highland.gov.uk/schoolclosures from 7am each morning which is cleared each evening by 6pm. Get alerts of closures on Highland Council’s Twitter and Facebook and follow school social media accounts. Or phone 0800 564 2272 to get the latest pre-recorded message from head teachers regarding their school. Have the school’s PIN ready when calling. PIN numbers are available on the school closures website.”