Is Everyone Expected To Attend?
We believe that it is incredibly important that our students return to school in September. Although many of them coped admirably during lockdown and with home learning, there is no substitute for face-to-face learning and all of the advice suggests that, apart from where specific medical advice suggests otherwise, it is in all students’ best interests to return to school – both from an educational and wellbeing perspective.
Shielding was paused on 1 August 2020 so all students should now be able to attend unless 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). The latest guidance on shielding is here:
If a parent chooses to keep their child at home without specific medical permission (or when self-isolating) this will be counted as unauthorised absence. Requests for home learning cannot be accommodated, as teachers are all focused on the school reopening as normal.
Of course, if after reading this, you still have concerns about your child(ren) returning to school then please do contact us.