PARENTS and guardians in Denbighshire are being asked if they intend on sending their children back to school.

Last week, Wales' education minister Kirsty Williams confirmed schools will plan to start the next phase on June 29, with the summer term extended by a week, ending on July 24. The autumn half-term break will be extended to two weeks.

Denbighshire County Council is working with governing bodies and headteachers to plan the re-opening of schools from late June.

Parents and guardians of reception year onwards are being asked to inform the local authority whether they intend to send their child / children back to school, and to explain about transport.

A questionnaire has been launched, which is being circulated through schools.

Answers will help give headteachers an idea of numbers so they can plan and communicate 'effectively' with parents and guardians about the detail relating to the re-opening.

Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, cabinet lead member for Education, Children’s Services and Public Engagement at Denbighshire County Council, said: “The safety of our children and young people is a priority and we are waiting for the detailed guidance that will help us to plan and prepare for this next phase.

“The guidance from Welsh Government is expected to include information about managing facilities and logistical arrangements, including buildings, resources, cleaning, school meals and transport.

“We would be extremely grateful if parents/ guardians could complete the survey and inform us whether they intend at this stage to send their child(ren) into school.

"This information will allow us to plan effectively and make sure that arrangements and plans are put in place to welcome children back to school”.

Further guidance is expected from Welsh Government this week and the council has already begun its initial planning and considerations, prioritising the well-being of learners, staff and families supporting schools and governing bodies.

The deadline for responses to the survey is Wednesday, June 10.