Online learning will continue until at least 29th January.
Kirsty Williams, Education Minister for Wales said: “As a government, we have decided to bring decision making on schools and colleges into line with our three-week review timetable. That means we will next review the situation on January 29th and remote learning will continue until at least then.
“Unless we see a significant reduction in transmission before January 29th then remote learning would have to continue until our next review date which coincides with the February half term...
“We are taking this action today because this new variant [of Covid-19] is far more infectious and is leading to increased numbers of people being hospitalised.
''Schools and colleges have been safe and secure environments throughout the pandemic and that continues to be the case.
''However, the latest TAC (Technical Advisory Cell) report is clear on education’s contribution. We know that school and college settings can contribute to wider social mixing outside the education environment and, right now we all have to play our part in suppressing this virus.
''I know these times are hard but please remember that this pandemic will end.
''Our wonderful schools and colleges will soon be full with the sounds of happy children as they always were before this cruel virus took hold.
''I cannot wait for that moment and I am sure all of you feel the same.
''But until then, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow the rules and stay at home.''
We are in the process of arranging our hub provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers.
If you are a key worker and have no other childcare you are able to apply for the hub. You can do this by emailing us. We would need evidence in the form of a letter, or similar, from your employer to confirm that you are a key worker and shift pattern information. If you only work part time, please indicate this in your email.
This is to keep the hub open for children who really need it and keep household-to-household contact to a minimum.
For planning purposes Torfaen have requested that we obtain final numbers by Friday, so if you feel you are eligible and need the hub please email the evidence and other information by 12pm (midday) on Friday (8th January). We will be unable to allocate spaces after this date.
We are sending this to all parents/carers. If you have already been allocated a space within the hub and/or have already emailed your evidence you do not need to do this again.
Pontnewydd Primary and Nursery School
All schools and colleges will move to online learning until 18 January in Wales.
Education Minister Kirsty Williams said the decision had been taken jointly with the Welsh Local Government Association and Colegau Cymru.
Ms Williams said: "As a government we will use the next two weeks to continue to work with local authorities, schools and colleges to best plan for the rest of term.
"This is the best way to ensure that parents, staff and learners can be confident in the return to face to face learning, based on the latest evidence and information."
Please see our privacy notice with regards Coronavirus below.
Please find below a document from Torfaen showing Frequently Asked Questions regarding schools and Coronavirus.
The school is now reopened to all pupils.
Latest plans regarding the reopening, staggered start/finish times and entrances etc can be found by clicking here.
Below is our risk assessment for Coronavirus and procedure should be have a case or suspected case in school.