Coronavirus update and advice

The Government has introduced a 3-tier Coronavirus set of rules for England – Medium, High and Very High. Oldham is in the Very High tier.

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1. School attendance

The Inclusion Team and schools will be working with families to secure regular school attendance to help pupils catch up on missed education, make progress and promote their wellbeing and wider development.

School attendance is mandatory. The usual rules on compulsory school attendance have been re-applied since the start of September.

There are likely to be questions that you may have about your children being at school, so please refer to the list below which addresses some of these:

School attendance

If your child does not fall into the categories discussed above, then your child must be in school.

We appreciate that parents may be worried about their children returning to school, and your child may also be nervous about changes to the school routine and layout.

The school will have put robust safety measures in place to keep your child safe and reduce the risk in school.

You may wish to contact the school directly or visit the school website for more information on what these safety measures look like.

We are mindful that many pupils, parents and households may be reluctant or anxious about being at school.

Please be re-assured that schools, the Inclusion Team and a host of other professionals within Children’s Services are on hand to put the right support in place to address your anxieties.

Contact us for any additional support or advice if you feel this may be required. We will work with you to develop a plan to re-engage your child back into the classroom.

Dropping your child off at school

We are asking parents and carers to follow some simple steps:

  • Please drop off your child at the place suggested by your school and, wherever possible, by one adult only
  • If your child is over five please do not enter the school building yourself if at all possible
  • Remember hand washing is really important so wash your hands before you leave home and when you return
  • Please don’t come to school/early years setting if you have symptoms of coronavirus or your household does but follow advice to isolate and order a test
  • Remember to keep socially distant wherever you can, in your street, in your workplaces, in the shops, in the playground

For more information please contact your child’s school.

What will happen if my child does not go to school?

Attendance at school is compulsory and punitive action may be taken against you the parent, (which may include fines) if your child is not receiving a suitable education, either at school or otherwise.

If there are issues please contact your child’s school and discuss them.