THE closure of Cwmcarn High school on Friday has resulted in a torrent of criticism from parents.

While we understand the decision was taken for safety reasons, following fears over the presence of asbestos in the building, the short-notice nature of the announcement has left many parents reeling.

Since we reported the story we have been inundated with angry comments from parents.

And we can understand at least some of their concerns.

For many, the accusation is that the decision, which was announced late afternoon, was not communicated properly to parents.

For others, the criticism is aimed at the handling of the whole issue by both Caerphilly County Borough Council and the school itself.

The closure announcement means parents of 937 pupils will undoubtedly face a headache today.

For some there will be very real childcare issues, for others the concern will be how the closure will affect their child’s education.

And they have every right to be worried. Schools are constantly ramming home the message that attendance is vital to success.

The message now coming out is that this is a temporary closure. What parents need to know is how long is temporary and whether or not alternative accommodation will be found to ensure children mis