You have to wonder if headteacher Alicia Reid has any brains at all and certainly not enough common sense to run a school.
Ms Reid, 52, had been due to work at Stranraer Academy in Wigtownshire (its’s two hours south of Glasgow) on the last two days of term before the two-week break.
But, it is claimed, she called colleagues to say she would not be at school because she had come into close contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid and would have to isolate at home.
However, she was filmed at Glasgow Airport later that day, masked and queuing at a check-in desk for a holiday flight to Turkey.
And that is when her luck ran out. A pupil at the school was also heading for Turkey, but on another flight.
Her father said; ‘’ My daughter was really shocked to see her headteacher there. She said; ’It’s Miss Reid. What is she doing here?’
‘’She started filming and posted the images to let her friends see. We had no idea of the effect it would have as we didn’t know the teacher was supposed to be off self-isolating.’’
Under rules in Scotland there are no automatic fines for parents who take their children out of school for holidays during term time.
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But the consequences for Ms Reid are much more serious.
She now faces losing her job with education chiefs in the area saying she will be away for a ‘’period of time’’ and that an acting headteacher will be appointed as soon as possible.
I cannot understand why if Ms Reid wanted to pull a fast one like this and why would you fly from Glasgow airport where there is a sporting chance you might be recognised by a parent, pupil or both.
Why not go from Manchester airport. Yes it’s nearly four hours away but with a bit of luck she would have got away with her deceit.
Be fascinated to know the story behind the holiday. It can’t be that she simply needed the break. If she had waited another 48 hours there would not have been a problem.
It can’t have been that it was so much cheaper to go before the half-term, started. Stranraer has over 1,000 pupils therefore she will be earning around £80,000-a-year.
There will be another explanation. Would love to hear it.
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