With no date set for when all older learners can return to school full-time in Wales there is ongoing uncertainty over what the situation will be after Easter.
As Boris Johnson announced all schools in England will re-open on March 8 Wales’ education minister Kirsty Williams defended the slower approach to re-opening in Wales saying it was in line with the cautious policies being taken across Europe.
But decisions are mixed across the EU. While all schools from nurseries to secondaries are open in France and Spain, albeit with some restrictions in place, educational settings remain shut in Portugal.
Schools are open in most parts of Greece and some high school students have returned in Italy.
Ms Williams has said she would like all pupils to be back in schools in Wales after the Easter holidays but stopped short of promising a full return by the start of the summer term.
Giving the Welsh Government’s coronavirus briefing on Monday she said that it was her preference to get all pupils back in schools for the start of the summer term on April 12 in Wales with more details to follow before the Easter holidays, which start on March 27.
The youngest primary school children in the Foundation Phase years, aged three to seven, have started to return to the classroom this week.
Ms Williams confirmed that if this went well all primary school children would be back from March 15. She also said children in exam years 11 and 13 would return then. However she would not confirm details or target dates for pupils in other year groups.
Here is a snapshot of what’s happening with schools around Europe during the latest lockdown.
Schools are open with extra testing in place. National education minister Jean-Michael Blancquer has said: “I am deeply convinced [of the need] to keep schools open.”
Schools in France are now operating under stricter Covid-19 measures including wearing masks and new rules on classes closing if a case of the UK variant is confirmed. In France children aged six and above have had to wear masks in school since the end of October.
Schools began re-opening in early February and are open in 12 of Germany’s 16 states.
Schools remain shut to those aged 16 and over but are open for younger pupils.
Schools in most of the country are open.
Schools are open.
All schools are shut.
High school students in some regions have been allowed to return to normal lessons although they are divided into groups and full classroom occupancy is not allowed.
Primary schools and nurseries are open but secondary schools are shut.
Schools are open to pupils up to year four.
Schools are open but with class sizes reduced and some secondary school students alternating between going into school and learning remotely.
Wales: Pupils aged three to seven started returning from February 22.
Scotland: The youngest pupils aged four to seven returned from February 22.
Northern Ireland: Children aged up to seven can return from March 8.
England: All schools to re-open from March 8.