Schools across Wrexham will switch to remote learning from next Monday (December 20) to help keep everyone safe in the run-up to Christmas.
The decision has been taken following an increase in Covid cases in the county borough and across much of the UK, with many children and young people having to isolate.
There’s also the possibility that keeping schools open next week will mean more people catching the virus and having to isolate over Christmas – which would have a huge effect on many families and local communities.
As a result, the decision has been taken to switch to remote online learning from Monday for the last few days of term.
Schools will provide on-site learning for vulnerable learners and the children of critical workers where needed, but parents are being asked to only opt for this if they have no other childcare available.
Councillor Phil Wynn, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Education, says:
“Both the council and schools are concerned about the rise in Covid cases, and the potential impact this could have on people over Christmas – so it seems sensible to switch to remote learning for the last few days of term.
“We recognise how worrying the situation is, and want to reassure parents that the council and schools are absolutely committed to offering the best learning provision they can under these difficult circumstances.
“We hope everyone will understand why we’ve made this decision and I’d like to thank parents and carers for their continued support.
“I’d also like to thank school staff who’ve worked so hard to provide safe, quality learning experiences this term – they’ve done an incredible job, and it’s important we all support our schools as much as possible.”
Schools have been contacting parents and carers direct to let them know about the switch to remote learning, and will keep parents updated ahead of the new term in January.