Powys Council is "making all efforts" to keep schools in the county open for all four weeks of the proposed pre-summer return period.

Schools are due to reopen next Monday in the next phase of the Welsh Government's Covid-19 education plan, with a reduced number of pupils in each day and distancing measures in place.

The Welsh Government has said the term is to be extended by one week to Friday, July 24, with the autumn half-term holiday doubled to two weeks.

And while councils in Ceredigion and Gwynedd have said they will only reopen for three weeks, Powys is working towards the full four-week perio.d

Cllr Phyl Davies, cabinet member for education and property, said: “Since the Education Minister’s announcement at the beginning of June, we have worked extremely hard along with school leaders to get our schools ready for their re-opening.

“Our ambition is to keep Powys schools open the four weeks up until July 24, where possible. We believe the four weeks are important and will benefit our learners and their families, and our schools have been working on rotas and plans to make this possible and will support our school learners with the plans over the coming week.

“We will also ensure that our schools are safe for pupils and school staff for the last four weeks of the summer term. This position will be under constant review.

“We’re incredibly proud of our schools in Powys for what they have done over the last three months. This includes managing the emergency childcare hubs seven days a week; delivering and supporting learners and their parents with distance learning; and continuing with their re-opening plans while continuing to keep pupils their priority.

“We will continue to support our schools and make every effort to protect the wellbeing of our learners and our staff across Powys.”