All schools in Wales remain closed through the lockdown period. This includes state and private schools, as well as nurseries.
You can read the initial statement from Welsh Government’s Education Minister, which announced the closure, here: https://media.service.gov.wales/news/school-closures
We will continue to monitor how advice on this develops.
I have contacted the Vale Council about the situation surrounding Free School Meals. I have received confirmation from the Leader of the Vale Council that the Vale has opened all schools for the purpose of pupils accessing Free School Meals and is promoting attendance for pupils eligible. The Council will be constantly revisiting the situation as clearly things change very quickly.
In the Prime Minister’s statement, he confirmed that GCSE and A Level exams will not take place as scheduled. This is the case across the UK and plans are being considered on how exams can be taken at a future date or how qualifications will be agreed that will cause the minimum level of disruption to pupils and teachers.
The Prime Minister also confirmed that plans are in place for children of parents who work carrying out key services to still attend school and I will relay more information on this as I learn more details. I understand a large range of workers are included in this category.
Guidance for key workers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision