SENIOR West Fife school pupils who may still have coursework to complete have been instructed NOT to attend school.

It follows First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's annoucement earlied today when she stated: "With immediate effect, no young person with coursework to complete should attend school to do so."

That now changes the guidance issued on Friday by Fife Council education chief Carrie Lindsay who said then that school kitchens would be open from Monday with drop-in lunch sessions for Free Meal Entitled (FME) pupils between 12 and 1pm while secondary schools would be allocating time for any fourth, fifth and sixth year pupils to come in to complete coursework where necessary.

Within the last hour, Dunfermline High School advised parents: "Given the latest public health advice, the Scottish Government has now decided that, with immediate effect, no young person should attend school. 

"DHS will make direct contact with parents/carers and young people to advise if there are any outstanding requirements of courses that can be completed remotely, and safely, following public health advice.  

"Any S4-S6 pupils previously invited to work on coursework on Monday should now NOT ATTEND. The SQA will be developing an assessment process and more details will follow.

"In addition to this, in response to a further update on the social distancing advice, a decision has been taken to cancel the provision of meals in school buildings next week.  

"We have been advised that direct payments will be made to families, with the first payment being made this week. 

"Further information on arrangements for children of keyworkers will continue to be communicated over the coming week."