A primary school in Kilwinning will remain closed after the holiday due to coronavirus.

A small number of individuals have contracted COVID-19 and have tested positive, parents were told in a letter sent out by Abbey Primary School.

Public Health Scotland contact tracing is underway, with those affected being told to self-isolate.

North Ayrshire Council leader, Joe Cullinane, said: "After a number of cases at the school, Abbey Primary will remain closed next week as a precautionary measure.

"The school should reopen on Monday, October 26, after a deep clean of the school premises.

"Home learning will be supported from Tuesday, October 20.

"The safety and wellbeing of all children and staff in schools remains the top priority."

The school closed on Friday for the October week but was due to reopen next week in line with schools across North Ayrshire.

The letter from North Ayrshire Council reads: "The safety and wellbeing of all our children and staff remains our top priority.

"Only those who have been contacted by the track and trace team need to self isolate. Of course, should symptoms of COVID-19 develop for anyone in your household, you should book a test and follow the national guidance on self isolating on the NHS inform website.

"During the school closure period, further enhanced cleaning will take place in the school building to prepare for the return of staff and children on Monday [October 26].

"We appreciate that this decision may cause some additional challenges for childcare arrangements and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

"However we ask for your understanding that this action has been taken as a precautionary response and is guided by our overriding principle to ensure the ongoing safety and wellbeing of our children and staff."