INFANT school parents will be force to keep their kids at home until next week after summer holiday building works overran by almost two weeks.
Brampton Cortonwood Infants School was due to welcome pupils back tomorrow — already later than most schools around Rotherham.
But parents have now been told that the autumn term won’t begin until Monday.
A message on the school website said building and maintenance work currently taking place was “running slightly behind schedule”.
It continued: “We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but I am sure you can appreciate that our priority is to ensure children arrive back to a clean, fresh and prepared learning environment.
“This decision has not been taken lightly and we have assessed the work schedule on a daily basis.
“We have made the decision today based on the work that still needs completing, staff have been in school working, hoping to push things forward.”
The building works, which began in June and saw the summer fair and school sports day scrapped, included a new Key Stage 1 classroom, an extension to the Foundation 1 room and revamped Foundation 2 room.
They were scheduled to finish on August 25 but was still expected to be taking place this week, leaving little time to clean and prepare classrooms for term to start tomorrow.
The school statement continued: “We believe that delaying the opening day is in the best interest of all and are informing you now to give you at least a weeks notice.
“We know that this is short notice but given the nature of the work things have been changing on a daily basis and it would not be fair to delay the decision.”
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