What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 – this is the government’s information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in the spring term 2021, from the March 8 return.
From 8 March all children and students should return to school or college and attendance will be mandatory once again from this date. Secondary aged pupils (year 7 and above) should take part in asymptomatic testing upon their return in the week of 8 March. Pupils can return to school or college following their first negative test result.
Pupils not undergoing testing should attend school in line with the school’s phased return arrangements. If you are a parent of a child who is vulnerable or if you are a critical worker, your child should continue to be able to attend school throughout, unless they receive a positive test result.
Mandatory attendance means that it is your legal duty as a parent to send your child (if they are of compulsory school age) to school regularly if they are registered at one. Where a secondary age pupil is not expected to attend due to their school’s testing programme in the week of 8 March, absence will not be penalised.
Local authorities and schools have a range of legal powers to enforce attendance if a child or young person misses school without a valid reason.
There is not a corresponding legal duty for post-16 education, but if a young person fails to attend their college may believe they have left the course.
We know some parents will be feeling anxious about their children returning to school or college. If you have concerns about your child attending, you should discuss these with your school or college. They should be able to explain ways they are changing things to reduce risks.
Full Details On The Government’s Website