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Schools in Monmouthshire will not extend their summer term for pupils when they return to class after the coronavirus lockdown.
Children in the border county will only go back to school on 29 June to "check in" for the three weeks before the end of term on 17 July.
It comes after a disagreement between the Welsh Government and teaching unions on whether the term can be extended to allow more time for children to catch up.
Unions have raised concerns that extending the term to Monday 27 July causes major problems relating to staff contracts.
"Ministers and Trade Unions have not reached agreement on the school term extending into the summer holiday period," Monmouthshire council tweeted.
"Consequently schools in Wales will now open for 3 weeks rather than the 4 weeks we had all hoped and the school term will end on 17 July."
Local Democracy Reporting Service
An outdoor education centre will be used as emergency accommodation for homeless people in Monmouthshire after it was approved by the council’s cabinet – despite opposition from residents and councillors.
The centre in Gilwern, near Abergavenny, will be used as a temporary measure during the coronavirus crisis to house up to nine homeless people until August 21 while they seek a permanent home.
Monmouthshire council has found 56 accommodation units – such as bed and breakfasts or hotels – to support homeless people over the past eight weeks but is appealing to find more.
A council report said the centre’s rural location “is not ideal for homeless people” - but at a cabinet meeting, councillor Sara Jones said: "Last resort measures are now needed."
Rubbish tips in more than half of Wales' 22 local authorities will open today.
Recycling centres have already opened in Wrexham, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff - but 12 more councils will be reopening their facilities today.
Most require booking and are for "essential visits" only.
Two of Monmouthshire's four recycling centres will reopen next Tuesday but the council has said people need to pre-book before visiting.
The tips at Llanfoist near Abergavenny and Five Lanes near Caerwent will reopen but for "essential trips only."
The facilities at Mitchel Troy near Monmouth and Usk remain shut.
To find out when your local tip is reopening, click on our handy guide.