Current Covid-19 arrangements for schools in Wales, including the wearing of face coverings by secondary school learners in classrooms, are to remain in place for now.

Education Minister Jeremy Miles said on Tuesday that the use of face coverings and other measures will be reviewed on February 10 but likely to continue until at least the February half-term break (schools break up on Friday, February 18).

If Covid-19 transmission rates remain low after half-term, schools and Councils will then decide what measures will remain in place for the start of the new term, based on the Covid situation locally.

Schools that have staggered start and finish times can continue to do so until half-term, but after half term it is expected all schools will revert to their normal timetable.

The Minister said that by announcing changes now it would give schools and local authorities the time to plan.

The proposed changes have been made as Wales completes the move to Alert Level Zero from Friday (January 28).

Mr. Miles added that this summer’s exams would also go ahead as planned.

Pembrokeshire County Council will now continue to work closely with all schools locally and announcements relating to any measures required after half-term will be made in due course.