All children must attend school once the school is open.
We recognise that both children and parents will have concerns about returning to school after such a long time away, but we encourage parents to contact school to talk about these concerns, rather than keeping their children at home.
A child who is unwell with Covid symptoms or who has a family member with Covid symptoms must not attend school. Parents and children should get tested if they have symptoms, and report the outcomes of the test to the school.
According to government guidance, there are a amall number of children who may need to take care and possibly remain at home.
Pupils who are shielding or self-isolating
We now know much more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and so in future there will be far fewer children and young people advised to shield whenever community transmission rates are high. Therefore, the majority of pupils will be able to return to school. You should note however that:
- a small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves; or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)
- shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1 August, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that even the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school, as can those who have family members who are shielding. Read the current advice on shielding
- if rates of the disease rise in local areas, children (or family members) from that area, and that area only, will be advised to shield during the period where rates remain high and therefore they may be temporarily absent (see below).
- some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school (usually at their next planned clinical appointment). You can find more advice from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health at COVID-19 - ‘shielding’ guidance for children and young people.
Where a pupil is unable to attend school because they are complying with clinical and/or public health advice, we expect schools to be able to immediately offer them access to remote education. Schools should monitor engagement with this activity (as set out in the section below).
Where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, absence will not be penalised.
If you think your child falls into one of these categories, please contact your child's health professional for advice, then contact the school and we will carry put an individual risk assessment with you to work out the best way forward.