All schools in Orkney are closed to all children and young people today, Tuesday, as much of the county is covered in a thick blanket of snow and ice leaving roads particularly hazardous.
This, combined with the current suspension of all Stagecoach bus operations due to the treacherous conditions, has led to the decision.
The schools are shut to all pupils, including those of key workers and vulnerable families.
Again, we would appeal for anyone who does not need to travel to stay home. If you must go out, then please take all necessary precautions and use the priority 1 routes wherever possible as these are the first to be treated.
Stay safe and stay home in these challenging times.