WELSH schools could shut their doors a week earlier than usual this Christmas in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.
Councils and local government are in talks with headteachers to move classes online for the final week of term.
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Mark Drakeford said he didn’t want to shut schoolsCredit: Alamy
The discussions come after calls from unions across the UK to end face-to-face teaching for the year on December 11, one week earlier than the planned date of December 18, reports Wales Online.
The move comes after First Minister Mark Drakeford said he did not want schools to shut again.
And while the decision would ultimately be down to the Welsh government, Carmarthenshire Council said they are in “regular dialogue with the Welsh Government and will make decisions based on consideration of all information available.”
Another council leader said: “Everything is under review.”
Ceredigion, Conwy, Caerphilly and Bridgend councils all said they were waiting for government guidance.
But Monmouthshire Council said “there is no plan to end face to face term early” at this stage.
Education minister for Merthyr Council Sue Walker said parents needed to know if schools will shut early, adding: “There is a lot of concern”.
Another headteacher, who didn’t want to be named, said the situation was “complicated” and some parents had asked if they could take their kids out of school that week anyway.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Welsh Government said: “We have had regular dialogue with local authorities and unions throughout the pandemic and these discussions continue.
“Our priority remains ensuring that all children and young people’s education continues with as little disruption as possible.”