Boris Johnson made an announcement on Sunday, May
10th, 2020 regarding the re-opening of schools in June following
the half term. His announcement only applies
The measures outlined in this announcement have been
modified on several occasions since then. The new measures are now
It should be noted that some local authorities have
taken the decision not to open schools. However, Academy
schools within those areas may open despite this since they are not
under the control of their local authority.
It is important, therefore, when
making your decision whether or not to send your child to school,
that you contact your school to see exactly what is happening.
Prior to opening, schools should have undertaken
risk assessments and should have a report on exactly what arrangements
are being made. If you would like to know the contents, you should
be able to ask for them. It should be signed by a senior member
You could use
the Freedom of Information Act to force the school to hand over such
Children of critical workers, Vulnerable and EHCP
continue full time (see below).
From June 1st schools open to:
- Yrs 1, 6
It is expected that at any one time 1/4 of years
10 and 12 will attend for 'some face
to face support' from June 15th onwards.
Attendance of any child is subject to an
assessment of their mental health and well being.
It appears that there are no plans to expect children
generally to attend school in June. The BBC reported on 3 June 2020
that there is likely to be disruption into November 2020
Conditional on a risk assessment
want ALL vulnerable children to attend from Monday 1st of June, unless
they are ill, shielding or someone
in their home is symptomatic. In which case it is wise to contact
the school giving reasons for your child's none attendance.
Those with EHCPs who meet criteria for risk assessment
and can attend school, wont be fined if they choose not to attend.
However those with social workers will be strongly
coerced to attend. However, IPSEA make it clear the criminal penalty
for non attendance has been disapplied and have said
can be sure they will not be exposed to prosecution or conviction
if they decide not to return their child to school"
This ONLY applies
up to the end of this term 30th June. We don't yet know what will
happen from that date onwards.
have said that any child identified
as vulnerable who does not attend school will be reported to Child
This does not necessarily mean you will be forced to return your child to school,
you may for example have a reason not to do so (shielding a family member) but
there is a presumption that you will.
There is no expectation that a child shielding either
themselves or another member of the family living with them should
attend. However, if they fall into one or other category of child
now expected to return, the parents should notify the school including
evidence of shielding in case this is challenged.
You should NOT send your child to school if your
child is showing symptoms of the virus. But you should notify
the school that this is the case.
Those families facing
'special circumstances' are NOT expected to send their children to
school. However should this advice change. then the following should
Circumstances such as:
- if the child has a condition which requires social
- if the child has a condition which requires shielding
of the Education act 2002) obligates the local authority and
school to act in all circumstances in the best interests of the child's
Children with EHCP's, regardless of year group, are
expected to attend unless shielding or risk assessments say otherwise.
Even those who have not been attending previously.
ALL children with an EHCP who fit the criteria for
attending should have a NEW risk assessment before the
child is invited to return to school.
The coronavirus Act 2020 has temporary amended s.42
of The Children and Family's Act 2014.
The absolute duty to make
provision in an EHC Plan (s42) has been amended to a reasonable
endeavour duty now runs to 30th June.
There is NO change to regulations concerning
If a failure to make a particular provision or intervention
could place a child or YP's health, well-being or safety
at risk then
raise this with the school and LA without delay.
S.43 of the Children
and Families Act 2014 places a duty upon the LA to admit a
child to the school named in an EHCP has NOT been disapplied.
Schools do not have to allow children with EHCPs to
attend. Attendance depends on whether a child has been assessed to
be safer at home or school.
Yes, however the deadlines for assessments
are relaxed (up to the 25th September 2020.)
Unless the assessment commenced before May 2020, in which case deadlines
The Covid 19 Act disapplies sections 437-444 of the
Education Act 1996. s444 is pivotal to any prosecution
for truancy. So while your child is expected to attend, we can
see no legal rout to prosecute parents for their child's non attendance.
have prepared an example letter (word
docx) you may wish to
use if you are intending not to send your child to school.
If you use this letter and have any issues or negative
reactions please let us know so we can monitor it's effectiveness
and improve upon it.
Some parents have expressed an interest in deregistration.
I have therefore included this link to where parents
can find advice on how deregistration is
We recommend advice is taken prior to notifying the
school. In particular we suggest parents seriously considering this
option should join
both a local and national dedicated Elective, Home Education support
forum. It is these forums which provide independent support to
You only need to formally
deregister a child of compulsory School Age (CSA) that is from the
start of the term following their 5th birthday to the last friday
of June following their 16th birthday. If your child is younger than
this, a simple letter notifying the school or nursery is sufficient.
Assuming you live in England or Wales, your child
does NOT attend a special needs school and does not have an ESO or
SAO in force, the deregistration process is a relatively simple process
which can be performed on the day you intend to withdraw your child.
It is not necessary to give the school prior warning
or have any contact with the local authority and you do not need
permission, home education is a right in law.
Therefore, there is no reason to act before you feel
absolutely need to. You can leave it until September for example.
Guidance on how to deregister
your child can be found here, please read carefully before acting.
The Home Education community is providing support
to those with children temporarily at home for free via
a Face book group
(IF YOU APPLY TO JOIN-
please answer all 3 questions and agree to the group rules.)
DfE Corona Virus Help line
0800 046 8687
(8-6, Monday to Friday & 10-4 weekends)
you are in crisis, I have additional links to organisations who
may be able to help
support Corona Virus (Email)
Further links will be added as we locate
useful, reliable, information.
We have a Government petition to
allow parents to flexischool their children one day a week for the
coming school year. The intention is to help those children who have
difficulty returning full time to school after such a long break
more on this here.