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A timetable showing when schools across Wales have been open or closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First published:
20 May 2021
Last updated:

On Wednesday 18 March 2020 it was announced that all educational establishments in Wales would close at the latest on Friday 20 March 2020. The exception was provision for children of critical workers and vulnerable children due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Since then schools in Wales have opened or closed a number of times for all other pupils. The timeline below lists all of those changes by date to help users interpret any data that relates to schools in Wales during this pandemic.

School closure information during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Date Closure information
20 March 2020 All schools across Wales closed, with the exception of provision for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.
29 June 2020 Schools opened to pupils from all year groups for limited periods during the week, with only a third of pupils in school at any one time.
17 July 2020 All schools in Wales closed for the summer holidays, with the exception of schools in Conwy, Powys and Pembrokeshire.
24 July 2020 Schools in Conwy, Powys and Pembrokeshire closed for the summer holidays.
01 September 2020 Some schools operated a phased return with flexibility to focus on priority groups.
14 September 2020 Schools opened to all pupils and the pupils present in Wales data collection began. (Hyperlink: https://gov.wales/pupils-present-maintained-schools)
19 October 2020 Conwy, Powys and Pembrokeshire had a 2 week autumn half term holiday from 19 to 30 October 2020. All other schools closed from 26 to 30 October 2020 for autumn half term.
02 November 2020 Pupils in Year 9 and above were not expected to be present in school in the week commencing 2 November 2020, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) firebreak in Wales.
10 December 2020 Schools in Blaenau Gwent were closed on 10 to 11 December 2020, but online remote learning was available.
14 December 2020 All secondary schools in Wales moved to online remote learning for the last week of term before Christmas (14 to 18 December 2020). Many primary schools also closed this week.
04 January 2021 All schools across Wales closed and moved to online remote learning, with the exception of provision for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.
22 February 2021 A phased return of Foundation Phase pupils began (pupils aged 3 to 7).
15 March 2021 All remaining primary school pupils and secondary pupils in qualification years 11 and 13 were able to return to learning on site. Other secondary years were able to return for check-ins.
15 March 2021 Voluntary asymptomatic testing offer available to secondary age pupils in Years 10 and above
12 April 2021 All remaining pupils were able to return to learning on site.
13 April 2021 Voluntary asymptomatic testing offer extended to all secondary school age learners (Years 7 and above)

Further information

Pupils present in maintained schools

Schools: coronavirus