A HIGH school ion Wrexham has changed its face mask policy amid a "rise in Covid cases".

There has been a recent "upturn" in Covid-19 cases he Maelor School, Penley, especially in Years 8, 10 and 11.

Following consultation with Wrexham Council, the school is "recommending" that face coverings should be worn around school and in lessons.

The Leader: The Maelor School, PenleyThe Maelor School, Penley

The school's headteacher, Simon Ellis, said in a statement to parents: "As a school we are not always aware of personal circumstances and there may be adults or children with conditions that increase the risk from Covid-19 at the school.

"We know how disruptive the last year has been for everyone. This year we want to keep your child in school as much as possible, but we also want to keep our schools and communities safe from the effects of COVID-19."

Wrexham Council has said that where the number of cases "hits certain triggers", heads are being advised to temporarily re-instate some of the safeguards that they may have previously relaxed.

While the Welsh Government says it is no longer recommending the use of face masks in schools, it is subject to each school's discretion whether they choose to ask students and staff to wear them.

On Tuesday, Ysgol Clywedog was closed to Year 8 students, after it was closed to Year 9 on Friday as a result of 17 members of staff being absent due to Covid-19.