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Welcoming children and young people back to school and college

Logo for campaign entitled 'All in - let's get back to the classroom'

It is the government’s plan that all children and young people, in all year groups, will return to school and college in September.

We know that many parents are still worried about sending children back to school - please remember schools have remained open during the worst days of the pandemic for vulnerable children and the children of key workers and schools have been practising strict protective measures.

There will still be risks while coronavirus (COVID-19) remains in our community, and that is why each school or college will be asked to put in place a range measures to protect children and young people.

It is vital that children and young people return to school and college - for their educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development. School and college attendance will again be mandatory from the beginning of the new academic year. For parents and carers of children of compulsory school age, this means that the legal duty on you as a parent to send your child to school regularly will apply.

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). If your child is unable to attend school or college for this reason, you should talk to your school or college about what support is in place in terms of remote education.

Important update

With an alarming rise in figures across St Helens Borough, the Outbreak Management Board, drawn up of councillors, senior officers and the town’s M​Ps, has agreed a number of additional measures to try and stop the rate of the community transmission that is currently causing the significant rise in infections.

These measures include:

  • Parents should wear face coverings when they arrive at the school gates to pick up or drop off their children and not gather in groups of more than six at the school gates.
  • Reinforcing the need for staggered drop off/pick up times for schools.