Proposals to close three rural primary schools in Dumfries and Galloway have been paused, following significant opposition.
A consultation on plans to shut Ae, Garlieston and Kirkbean primary schools ended last week, where strong objections were made from residents, parents and local politicians.
The schools have fewer than 40 pupils between them.
Dumfries and Galloway Council said that in light of "wide-ranging" representations, it would take extra time to consider the views received.
A Dumfries and Galloway Council spokesperson said:
South Scotland MSP, Colin Smyth, has praised the response from local communities in the areas around the three schools:
Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has welcomed the decision: