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Staff shortages cause some schools in Pembrokeshire to partially close

SOME schools in Pembrokeshire are partially closed at present due to staff shortages caused by Covid-19 infections.

Year Nine at Henry Tudor School have been asked to work at home today, so have Year Five students at Mary Immaculate RC School.

Spittal Church in Wales VC School is also affected.

A statement from the council said: “Henry Tudor School will be partially closed today (15/03/2022) due to staff shortages.

“Most Year 9 pupils are asked to learn from home via Google classroom on 15 March.

“Year 9 pupils who take military prep, outdoor education should report to the CLC at 9am.

“Engineering option at Pembrokeshire College for Year 9 is unaffected and pupils should attend as usual.”

A Welsh Government spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “A small number of schools have moved to remote learning for some learners for a short period of time over the past week, due to staff absences.

“We are also aware of a couple of schools where all learners have temporarily moved to online learning over the past week due to more significant levels of staff absences.

“The situation continues to change daily.

“We will continue to monitor the position closely and are in regular discussion with local authorities, the Welsh Local Government Association and unions to maximise learning and minimise disruption.”

Laura Doel, Director of the National Association of Headteachers Cymru, warned schools are “still very much in the grip of the pandemic”.